Based in Bellevue, Washington, the U.S. operations of T-Mobile International AG & Co. K.G., consists of T-Mobile USA, Inc. (formerly VoiceStream Wireless) and Powertel, Inc. (together "T-Mobile"). T-Mobile is one of the fastest growing nationwide wireless service providers, offering all digital voice, messaging and high-speed wireless data services to more than 15.4 million customers in the United States. A cornerstone of T-Mobile's strong consumer appeal has been its Get More® business strategy to provide customers with the best overall value in their wireless service so they can enjoy the benefits of mobile communications to Get more from life®. T-Mobile has more than 24,000 employees across the country dedicated to delivering on its Get More® promise to provide customers with more minutes, more features and more service.
Subsidiaries and affiliated companies of the Deutsche Telekom Group today serve more than 97 million mobile customers worldwide, making it one of the top three global wireless carriers. T-Mobile International is the first mobile communications company to offer service on both sides of the Atlantic with a single global brand name and a single digital technology standard, GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), offering customers the advantage of using their wireless services when traveling worldwide.
The T-Mobile global brand name made its debut in the United States in July 2002, choosing California and Nevada as the first markets in the country to launch its wireless voice and data services. The company successfully transitioned its VoiceStream Wireless brand in its remaining markets in September 2002 and now operates the largest GSM/GPRS 1900 MHz voice and data network in the country in 46 of the top 50 U.S. markets, reaching 253 million people including roaming and other agreements exclusively under the T-Mobile brand name. T-Mobile and its affiliates own licenses to provide service to 95 percent of the U.S. population.
World Class Service One number, One Phone Worldwide
T-Mobile offers consumers and business customers the most advanced mobile communications services available today, including voice, text messaging, and high-speed wireless data services.
T-Mobile operates an all-digital, national wireless network based exclusively on GSM technology. GSM is the most widely used digital standard worldwide, accounting for approximately 72 percent of the total digital wireless market. T-Mobile customers benefit from this global technology platform by having the choice to use their same phone and same phone number when traveling internationally. Consistent with T-Mobile's Get More® promise, T-Mobile's WorldClass roaming rates begin at only 99 cents a minute in approximately 30 European countries and cover more than 135 countries worldwide.
Enhanced Messaging Services - SMS, Instant Messaging & MMS
T-Mobile offers its customers a variety of options for using Short Messaging Service (SMS) or text messaging and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).
SMS: Every T-Mobile customer, regardless of device or rate plan, can send text messages via their handset to friends and family, no matter which wireless service provider they use. In addition, every T-Mobile phone number automatically has a corresponding e-mail address (email@example.com) allowing customers and their colleagues to use the Internet to send and receive text messages between wireless phones, devices and personal computers.
IM: T-Mobile customers can use the popular AOL® Instant Messenger (AIM®) service and the Buddy List feature to interact with millions of AIM users worldwide. The company provides AIM service on handsets such as the T-Mobile SidekickII device, Motorola V300, Nokia 3595 and 6010 and the Samsung E105 and R225 with AIM directly integrated into the user interface the fastest, easiest and most convenient way to access the service from a handheld device.
MMS: T-Mobile has upgraded its entire national network to provide MMS services. MMS enables customers to complement their text message with sound, animations and melodies to send to e-mail addresses and compatible handsets. As part of this rich visual communications offering, T-Mobile offers handsets with either integrated or attachable cameras from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson that let customers take a picture and send it to any e-mail address or other MMS-capable phone and then talk about it all from a single device. Additionally, MMS enables customers to send short video clips from to e-mail or other MMS-capable phones, giving T-Mobile customers a whole new way to communicate.
2.5G GPRS High Speed Wireless Data
T-Mobile leverages its national, standards-based GSM network to provide customers with the latest in mobile communications including wireless data access through its T-Mobile Internet service. T-Mobile's entire national voice network has been upgraded with 2.5G GPRS (General Radio Packet Service) technology, providing customers wireless Internet access at average speeds of 40 Kbps, which rival or exceed standard dial-up wired connections. T-Mobile offers a variety of integrated voice and GPRS capable devices, allowing customers to remotely access the Internet; get their corporate and personal e-mail; keep contacts and calendar information updated on the go; and get popular games, news and information services such as sports scores, stock quotes, horoscopes and games delivered automatically or on demand to their wireless handset or device.
Integrated voice and data devices include PC Internet cards that can be used with a laptop computer or PDA; all in one devices such as the popular BlackBerry wireless handheld e-mail solutions with integrated phone; the Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC Phone Edition, a voice-enabled PDA that features a full-color HTML Internet experience and pocket versions of popular Microsoft software; and, available exclusively through T-Mobile, the revolutionary T-Mobile Sidekick device, an innovative all-in-one device with a unique swivel-top form factor that includes a QWERTY keyboard, full-color Web browsing, imbedded AOL® Instant Messenger (AIM®) service and attachable camera.
T-Mobile HotSpotSM - Wi-Fi (802.11b) Wireless Broadband Internet Service
T-Mobile complements its existing national GSM/GPRS wireless voice and high-speed data network by providing Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless broadband Internet access in more than 4,700 convenient public locations in the United States where people already go when they're away from their home or office. By combining the benefits of these networks, T-Mobile offers customers coverage where they want it and speed when they need it, and is uniquely able to provide a comprehensive wireless service offering that meets customers' needs for wireless connectivity. Customers with a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or PDA can access the network on a pay-as-you-go basis or with monthly or prepaid subscriptions. Backed by T-1 connections, T-Mobile HotSpot service is reliable and fast enough to accommodate a broad spectrum of applications from checking e-mail to multimedia videoconferencing. The connection speeds are 40 to 50 times faster than the standard dial-up Internet access. To date, T-Mobile has the largest Wi-Fi network in the world with more than 4,700 locations including select Starbucks coffeehouses, Borders Books and Music, airports and airline clubs.