T-Mobile HotSpotSM Customers GET MORESM Premium Locations through Nation’s Largest “Wi-Fi” Network
Bellevue, Wash. and Ann Arbor, Mich. — Oct. 10, 2002
T-Mobile USA, Inc., the wireless subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE:DT), in partnership with Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE:BGP) today announced an agreement to provide Borders customers high-speed broadband wireless Internet access in Borders Books and Music locations nationwide via T-Mobile HotSpotSM service. Currently available in over 1,600 convenient locations across the country, T-Mobile HotSpot service allows customers with a wireless-enabled laptop or PDA to access the Internet or Intranet at super fast speeds. Customers can indulge personal interests and work applications including checking e-mail and doing online research to reading book reviews and experiencing rich multimedia audio and video services.
With today’s announcement, T-Mobile HotSpot customers GET MORESM easily identifiable locations to access the Internet away from their home or office, and Borders customers get the convenience of a high speed wireless Internet connection to complement their visit to Borders stores and cafes. The T-Mobile HotSpot service will be available in approximately 400 Borders Books and Music locations beginning in the first quarter of 2003 with Borders stores in California being the first to offer the service.
“We see the addition of T-Mobile HotSpot wireless Internet service to our bookstores as a welcome extension to the shopping experience for our customers,” says Tami Heim, president of Borders Stores and Borders Online. “In addition to offering books, music and movies, we invite our shoppers to come to our stores to read, meet with friends, or even just unwind at Café Borders. Allowing our customers to do those things and still stay connected to their world is a great addition to our service offering.”
“Borders is an excellent compliment to our rapidly growing portfolio of T-Mobile HotSpot locations,” said Robert Dotson, President and COO, T-Mobile USA. “As part of our GET MORESM service offering, we’re committed to making high speed, reliable wireless Internet access widely available at easily recognizable places our customers frequent.”
T-Mobile HotSpot represents the largest, fastest growing network of standards based “Wi-Fi” (802.11b) access points across the country, with over 1,600 service locations to date including select Starbucks coffeehouses, airports and airline clubs.
T-Mobile USA Media Relations
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the first quarter of 2010, approximately 150 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group – 33.7 million by T-Mobile USA – all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standards. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.
About Borders Group, Inc.
Borders Group, Inc., (NYSE: BGP) is a leading global retailer of books, music, video and other information and entertainment items with stores in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. A FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Borders Group employs 32,000 worldwide and operates over 385 Borders domestic superstores, 25 international Borders stores, 36 Books etc. locations and approximately 800 Waldenbooks stores. Teamed with Amazon.com, the company also offers online shopping through Borders.com.
More detailed information for journalists is available at www.bgimediacenter.com. Financial data is hosted on www.bordersgroupinc.com and information on Borders stores is available through www.bordersstores.com.