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Microsoft and T-Mobile further develop their co-operation

17 February 2024  
  • T-Mobile plans to be first operator to deploy Pocket MSN in Europe
  • T-Mobile announces summer release of Windows Powered Smartphone

Microsoft and T-Mobile, one of the world's leading mobile communications companies, today announced a series of initiatives to help consumers access information they want, when they want it, wherever they are.

At the opening of the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, T-Mobile was unveiled as:

  • the first carrier to bring to market MSN Hotmail® and MSN Messenger mobile services through Pocket MSN in Europe. Pocket MSN is a new rich client-based subscription service for Pocket PCs and Windows® Powered Smartphones to be available later this year; 
  • committed to delivering a Windows Powered Smartphone in summer 2003 in its major markets.

Nikesh Arora, Chief Marketing Officer of T-Mobile said: " T-Mobile, which offers t-email and T-Online email and messaging services, has embraced MSN messaging services as part of its best of breed data strategy optimising a wide range of compelling services to our consumers across markets. This co-operation with Microsoft shows our continuous commitment to making and shaping the mobile data market. We believe with entertainment, messaging will be the next big trend in mobile communications."
Pocket MSN
Pocket MSN is a rich-client based subscription service optimised for Pocket PCs and Windows Powered Smartphones. Built as an integrated graphical experience, Pocket MSN is designed to offer consumers the consistent and familiar user experience they expect, using an always-on functionality that doesn't always require a continuous network connection.

Pocket MSN gives users of Pocket PC and Windows Powered Smartphone devices, one click access to core MSN Services including MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger, MSN Alerts and MSN browse content (where available). 

Pocket MSN also allows the ability to communicate with buddies on MSN Messenger regardless of whether they are on the mobile phone, PC or Pocket PC, and provides real-time updates of MSN Hotmail messages.

Commenting on the news, Judy Gibbons, Vice President, MSN EMEA said: " Our leading communications tools of MSN Messenger and MSN Hotmail have already proved hugely popular to carriers and consumers via SMS. T-Mobile's plans to offer Pocket MSN to its customers is an exciting step towards making MSN internet services available any time, any place and on any device."

MSN mobile services are currently offered by 36 carriers in 21 countries worldwide. In the EMEA region covering Europe, Middle East and Africa, this includes 22 mobile operators representing 57 million mobile phone users in 13 countries.

T-Mobile Windows Powered Smartphone
T-Mobile has announced its intention to launch a Windows Powered Smartphone in summer 2003 across its major markets.

The T-Mobile Windows Powered Smartphone manufactured by High Tech Corporation (HTC) will bring together powerful, exciting services and applications such as photo messaging, rich web access, mobile e-mail, instant and text messaging - all in a handset comparable in size to today's mainstream mobile phones.

T-Mobile Smartphone users will also have access to a range of Microsoft applications including Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media® Player and Pocket Outlook® for email calendar and contacts. 

Juha Christensen, Vice President of the Mobile Devices Marketing Group for Microsoft, said: " Our agreement with T-Mobile demonstrates further industry momentum for smart devices and networks capable of supporting rich mobile data. We are extremely excited about the commitment from one of Europe's leading mobile operators to the Smartphone platform. Together with T-Mobile we will launch an outstanding phone that reflects our customers' mobile lifestyle — both in and out of the workplace."

T-Mobile has over 82 million customers and operates mobile companies in the USA, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia (see boilerplate).

Today's announcement builds on the commitment made in March 2002 between Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom to collaborate on the next generation of mobile devices including the Windows Powered Smartphone and to provide customers with access to popular MSN Mobile Services. 

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