KIRKLAND, Wash.-AT&T Wireless Services Inc. introduced two new ways to send messages to AT&T Digital PCS, AT&T PocketNet and AT&T Paging customers.
The new services, which include Internet e-mail messaging and the use of AT&T’s Web Message Center, make it possible to use the Internet to deliver quick, concise communications.
Internet e-mail messaging has the capability to send short messages to AT&T Digital PCS, PocketNet phones and AT&T alphanumeric pagers from existing e-mail applications such as Microsoft Mail/Exchange, Lotus cc: Mail, Novell Groupwise, or through Internet providers like AT&T’s WorldNet service.
Because no additional gateway installation is required, any Internet mail-enabled application now is a potential wireless application.
The Web Message Center facilitates messaging to AT&T customers via the AT&T Wireless Services Web site on the Internet at http: www.att.com/wireless/. Users of the Web page service also will be able to create a custom address book.
AT&T Digital PCS phones must have text messaging activated in order to receive messages. The system currently is active on AT&T Digital PCS phones and will be available for AT&T PocketNet phones and AT&T alphanumeric pagers later this summer.
“The power of the Internet is awesome when you consider how many people now have Web access,” said Dan Hesse, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Wireless Services.
Hesse noted that some studies suggest 47 million people-or 23 percent of the U.S. population-currently access the Internet or commercial online services, with another 31 million-an additional 16 percent-planning to move online in the future.