AOL, AT&T Ink Wireless Net Deal

BOSTON (07/17/2000) - AT&T Wireless Services Inc. will add America Online Inc. e-mail and content to its wireless Web services, the companies announced Monday.

The deal will give AOL subscribers access to their e-mail account from pagers and cellular phones using AT&T's Digital PocketNet service at the service's standard charge of US$6.99 per month, and access to the Web for $14.99. AT&T and AOL did not disclose the terms of the deal.

PocketNet currently includes unlimited access to about 40 Web sites chosen by AT&T with information suitable for display on mobile phones, if surfers sign up for an AT&T digital wireless voice plan and buy one of two wireless Internet phones. PocketNet also provides e-mail subscribers with access to EarthLink Network Inc., MindSpring Enterprises Inc., RCN Corp., AT&T's own e-mail service and most local, university and European ISPs (internet service providers).

The compact adds AOL to the list. "The biggest one, of course, is e-mail. That gives AOL subscribers unlimited use of their e-mail on their cell phone or pager for a flat rate," said Danielle Perry, an AT&T spokeswoman. "With other providers, they have to pay by the minute."

AT&T, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, can be reached at +1-908-221-2000 or AOL, in Dulles, Virginia, is at +1-703-448-8700 or at

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