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Sprint Rolls Out Corporate Wireless E-mail at CES

Sprint PCS Group used the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Tuesday to introduce its latest wireless e-mail solution that allows users to gain access to their corporate e-mail -- without synchronization -- via their Sprint PCS Phones or handhelds. The service will be available later this quarter. No pricing was announced.

Customers will be able to download and install the desktop software for the new e-mail service via a CD or web site. Compatible with both Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes, the software is designed to allow customers to register for real-time mobile access to their enterprise applications. The software was developed by developed by Seven of Redwood City, Calif.

Once registered, customers will gain mobile access to their corporate applications from a Sprint PCS Phone or other wirelessly enabled device connected to the Sprint's nationwide PCS network. The software is also designed to give customers the ability to access and send files stored on their computer hard drive with no synchronization required.

"The appeal and accessibility of this service extends beyond the hard core road warrior. Anyone that wants access to their Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes applications on their Sprint PCS Phone will be able to take advantage of it," said Jay Highley, vice president for business marketing in Sprint's wireless division.

According to Sprint officials, corporate or personal information can be accessed on a Sprint wirelessly enabled device, or on a computer with Internet access to the Sprint PCS web site. For example, in addition to using their wireless phones or devices, a sales representative could use a computer at a client's office, airport or Internet cafe to access their e-mail and files stored on the corporate network. This includes contacts for both global and personal directories.

Added Bill Nguyen, president of Seven, "By choosing Seven's mobile software architecture to build a corporate e- mail service, Sprint gives business people a quick and painless way to access corporate data while away from the office without costly hardware and software installations."