AT&T adds Internet to wireless phone links

Maryland Watch

October 16, 1997

A new way to send messages to wireless telephone users through the Internet was introduced yesterday when AT&T Wireless Services launched its new Digital Personal Communication Service in the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas.

"There are now three ways to receive messages: voice messages, numeric messages, like pages, and a text message via the Internet," said Christopher Doherty, AT&T director of public affairs in the Northeast.

Electronic mail can be sent to the customer through the AT&T Web site or an e-mail provider, Doherty said.

The new service also offers dual-band, dual-mode wireless telephones, said Dominick Vietri, vice president and general manager of the Baltimore and Washington markets. These telephones switch to an analog signal when leaving a digital network, he said.

Vietri said the company built 300 cell sites and bought a license from the FCC, which cost $250 million to $300 million, to create the digital network for this area, which includes Western Maryland, parts of West Virginia, southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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