Siemens Announces SX56 Pocket PC Phone With 'Pioneering' Capabilities

Siemens announces SX56 Pocket PC Phone. (PRNewsFoto)[TC]
SAN DIEGO, CA USA 10/08/2002

AT&T Wireless to Sell All-In-One Wireless Product That Combines Mobile Phone Functionality With Mobile Internet Access, Microsoft(R) Office(R) Integration

    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 9, 2002  -- Siemens Information and Communication
Mobile today announced that it will provide the SX56 Windows(R) Powered Pocket
PC Phone through AT&T Wireless beginning this month.  The device combines the
functionality of a mobile phone, PDA and Pocket PC in one product.  The
900/1900 MHz GSM(TM) (Global System for Mobile communications) SX56 Pocket PC
Phone features high-speed wireless data transfer and international mobility*
while easily synchronizing with users' Windows(R)-based personal computers.
Siemens will offer the phone in an enterprise version and a small office/home
office (SOHO), consumer version.

    To facilitate high-speed wireless data transfer, the SX56 Pocket PC Phone
features General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technology.  For enterprise-class
users, the phone's Microsoft(R) Office(R) user interface easily integrates
with personal computers to enable automatic synchronization of users'
calendar, email, contacts and notes.
    The SX56 Pocket PC Phone has a large, 4,096-color touch screen with an
easy-input software-keypad and handwriting recognition.  It also offers text
messaging, memo recording and a short message dialer, as well as an MP3 stereo
player, extra memory slot and infrared data (IrDA(TM)) interface.  Optional
accessories include a folding keyboard, a thumb keyboard, USB cable and 2.5 mm
stereo headset with microphone.

    Features and Benefits
    Along with superior voice quality and global mobility*, the SX56 Pocket PC
Phone provides up to 150 hours** of standby time, 3.5 hours** of talk time and
15 hours** of PDA time via its built-in, rechargeable Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
battery.  It comes with a USB docking cradle, carry case, single-earbud
headset, AC power cord and many useful features, including:
    -- Intel(R) StrongARM 206 MHz processor with 32 MB RAM and 32 MB ROM
    -- High-speed wireless data rates of up to 40 Kbps**
    -- 900/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS utility in North America and internationally*
    -- Large, 4,096-color touch screen display
    -- Pocket version of Microsoft(R) Office(R) Applications
    -- Microsoft(R) Active Sync to PC
    -- Text messaging to any email address
    -- Short memo and conversation recorder
    -- Phone and short message service
    -- Built-in microphone speaker and MP3 stereo player
    -- SD/MMC slot for extra memory
    -- Infrared data interface (IrDA)
    -- Vibrate alert function

    "Siemens remains committed to offering innovative mobile devices that
deliver pioneering capabilities and world-class performance," said Bernt
Klein, senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Phones unit,
NAFTA region, within Siemens Information and Communication Mobile LLC.  "The
SX56 extends our U.S. product portfolio and offers users a unique wireless
experience in an stylish, all-in-one package.  It's a powerful, elegant PDA
device for business and personal use."
    Enterprise versions are available now through AT&T Wireless as part of
AT&T Wireless WorkWare(SM) solution suite.  A SOHO/consumer oriented version
will be available at AT&T Wireless stores and select national retailers in the
coming weeks.  This version of the Siemens SX56 Pocket PC phone will come
equipped with AT&T Wireless Office Online software that allows access to
corporate email, calendar, and contact lists.  Retail pricing for the consumer
version is $549.99 and more information about this offer may be found at .
    "The Siemens SX56 Pocket PC phone is the first product to utilize our new
AT&T Wireless WorkWare(SM) suite of business solutions designed to connect
users with their corporate enterprise applications," said Rod Nelson, chief
technology officer for AT&T Wireless.  "Siemens enables us to provide mobile
professionals with a state-of-the-art solution for accessing a wide variety of
essential business applications and communication features."

    GSM Background
    Adoption of GSM technology continues to grow significantly.  Globally,
there are more than 732 million GSM mobile phone users accounting for
approximately 71 percent of the total mobile phone population worldwide,
according to recent statistics provided to the GSM Association from EMC.
Siemens is committed to supporting GSM technology, the de facto global
standard for the wireless world.

    About Siemens Information and Communication Mobile
    The Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group (IC Mobile) offers
the complete range of mobile solutions including mobile devices,
infrastructure and applications.  Devices include mobile phones, wireless
modules, mobile organizers and cordless phones as well as products for
wireless home networks.  The infrastructure portfolio includes GSM, GPRS and
3G mobile network technologies from base stations and switching systems to
intelligent networks, e.g. for prepaid services.  Mobile Applications cover
end-to-end solutions for Messaging, Location Based Services or Mobile Payment.
For the fiscal year 2001 (September 30), IC Mobile recorded sales of EUR 11.3
billion and employed 30,730 people worldwide.  You can access further
information about Siemens IC Mobile on the Internet at .

    About Siemens
    Siemens AG (NYSE:SI), headquartered in Munich, is a leading global
electronics and engineering company.  It employs some 450,000 people in
193 countries, and reported worldwide sales of more than $74 billion in fiscal
2001 (10/1/00 - 9/30/01). The United States is Siemens' largest market, with
nearly 80,000 employees and sales of $18.9 billion for fiscal 2001.  For more
information about Siemens in the U.S., go to .

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results may differ from the forward-looking statements.  Siemens AG undertakes
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     Note to editors:
     *  Global coverage depends on compatible network and agreements with
        foreign carriers.
     ** Depends on network configurations, signal strength and usage patterns.
        Network- and subscription- dependent feature.  Not available in all
        areas.  Battery performance is approximate.

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