Cingular Wireless Begins Service in Four Southwest Arkansas Counties; New Store in Hope

Cingular brings full range of advanced services to Hempstead, Nevada, Lafayette and Columbia Counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 10 / -- Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, says: "Hello!" to the Southwest Arkansas counties of Hempstead, Nevada, Lafayette and Columbia.

As part of its entrance to this important part of Arkansas services, Cingular has also opened a store in Hope. The store is located at 501 N. Henry, and replaces the existing Cellular One store at that location. The company also has an agent store location at 100 E. University, Room 105, Grand Hall, in Magnolia, AR.

Cingular has entered the market after Cellular One left as part of the Alltel-Western Wireless divestiture. To facilitate the change, Cingular has scheduled special events at both locations, and invites customers to visit them to make the switch to Cingular.

Arkansas customers in this part of the state will have access to a full range of Cingular products and services, including the most advanced handsets, technology and accessories.

"Cingular is particularly pleased that we were able to convert the store in Hope to give our customers more convenience," said Jake Mullins, Cingular's Director of Sales in Arkansas. "We are excited about being able to serve our customers in this part of Arkansas, and are committed to doing our best to make a meaningful contribution through the products and services we provide.

"Cingular is the most customer-friendly wireless provider in the country, because we offer our customers such things as Rollover(SM), the largest mobile-to-mobile calling community in the United States, a 30-day no questions asked policy, no roaming or long distance nationwide, and customer-friendly disclosure documents, to name a few."

Mullins said customers will be able to have cutting-edge products like the iTunes® phone called the SLVR, the RazrWire, which is a pair of fashionable Oakley sunglasses fitted with a Bluetooth® wireless headset, and GoPhone® prepaid service.

"The investment we are making in this new store demonstrates our commitment to aggressively continue to provide better quality service to our customers," said Mullins. "Customers know they can rely on us to meet their needs. That's why they choose us and why they stay with us."

Cingular's ALLOVER* network now covers more than 270 million people, and provides service throughout the United States including the top 100 markets. Customers on specific calling plans now have access to the largest mobile-to- mobile calling community in the country -- with free access to almost 56 million people.

Cingular offers simple, competitively priced plans and a next-generation network that provides the latest technology advances, including phones with greater functionality, a wide range of useful features, superior sound quality and high-speed data connectivity.

Cingular customers will be able to have service on an all-digital GSM network. GSM -- or Global Systems for Mobile Communications -- the world standard for wireless communications -- used by more than a billion people in 200-plus countries. In fact, more than 70 percent of the world's total wireless market is GSM. The widespread use of GSM offers Cingular customers the ability to use a large variety of GSM "world phones" and devices in more than 125 countries to make calls and access data services in more than 70 countries.

For customers interested in wireless data services, the company's EDGE network -- the fastest national high-speed data network in America -- provides average data connections of up to 135 kilobits per second in more than 13,000 cities and towns and in areas along nearly 40,000 miles of highways.

For more information about Cingular, please contact 1-866-CINGULAR or visit

About Cingular Wireless

Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 55.8 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(TM) * network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover® , the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at Get Cingular Wireless press releases emailed to you automatically. Sign up at

* The ALLOVER network covers more than 270 million people. Coverage not available in all areas.

Source: Cingular Wireless

CONTACT: Frank Merriman of Cingular Wireless, +1-469-229-7613, or

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