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Cingular sinks teeth into Big Apple

NEW YORK-Cingular Wireless L.L.C. officially launched its GSM service in New York City today, placing the nation’s second-largest carrier in 43 of the top 50 markets nationwide and covering 217 million potential customers. The service uses VoiceStream Wireless Corp.’s GSM/GPRS network as part of the carriers’ previously announced network-sharing agreement.

To support the launch, Cingular said it plans to open 200 stores in New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey during the next two years.

In connection with the launch, Cingular presented a check for $500,000 to Art Start, an award-winning, nonprofit organization providing art and music programs for under-served children and teens.

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