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Motorola and VoiceStream Announce National Availability of Motorola V100 Personal Communicator With VoiceStream's New Ping Pong Wireless Internet Text Messaging Service.

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2001

Revolutionary New Product and Service Take Text Messaging To New Level

Today Motorola (NYSE:MOT) and VoiceStream Wireless Corp. (Nasdaq:VSTR) announced the national availability of the new V.Series Personal Communicator Model 100 (V100), a revolutionary approach to wireless communications, and the launch of VoiceStream's new Ping Pong(SM) wireless Internet text messaging service.

The V100 features a full keyboard and oversize display for fast and easy text messaging, plus a full-featured wireless phone. The V100, combined with VoiceStream's new Ping Pong messaging service, offers consumers the first true mobile communications package built specifically for those who want the best of both worlds -- voice and text -- when they are on the go.

The V100 provides consumers with a full range of communications choices to fit their individual needs, including traditional phone calling, sending and receiving short text messages and receiving information from the Internet. VoiceStream is offering the V100 with the company's new Ping Pong service, allowing users to send, receive and reply to text messages, receive information alerts from the Web and have access to AOL Instant Messenger service(SM) (AIM SM).

"The Motorola V100 was designed specifically for the growing number of consumers driving the text messaging trend. With more than 15 billion SMS text messages sent each month, worldwide, consumers were asking for a product that would simplify the text entry method that is currently available with traditional cellular phones," said Miguel Pellon, vice president and general manager, Wireless Messaging, Motorola. "We are excited to partner with VoiceStream to bring this intelligent and easy-to-use product to the anxiously awaiting hands and fingers of our text-hungry consumers."

VoiceStream is offering the V100 with the company's new Ping Pong two-way text messaging service. Ping Pong monthly customers can send and receive short text messages (up to 140 characters) between phones, as well as to and from any single or group e-mail address and choose from an expanded version of message alerts. In addition, every VoiceStream customer has a unique e-mail address on their phone. Every Ping Pong customer now has access to the popular AOL Instant Messenger service, which provides the ability to send and receive instant messages from phone to phone, phone to PC or other device, and from PC to phone, and access to the personalized AIM Buddy List(R) feature, which allows users to see who's online and ready to receive instant text messages.

"VoiceStream's Ping Pong service unifies powerful Internet messaging functions with mobile text messaging and the V100 is the ideal device to take it to the next level," said Bob Stapleton, president and chief operating officer of VoiceStream Wireless. "The combination of a phone, full keyboard and large screen gives the V100 the functionality that's appealing to our customers who want the ability to freely speak their mind, whenever and wherever."

The Motorola V100 is now available at all VoiceStream retail stores and additionally sold through an exclusive relationship with Best Buy. VoiceStream offers "Talk and Text" plans starting at $24.99 per month, with 100 whenever voice minutes, 500 Ping Pong messages and includes the AOL Instant Messenger service.

About VoiceStream

Based in Bellevue, Wash., VoiceStream Wireless Corp. is one of the major nationwide providers of communication services in the country and operates and uses the globally dominant GSM technology platform. VoiceStream is a member of The GSM Alliance, L.L.C., a consortium of U.S. and Canadian digital wireless PCS carriers, which helps provide seamless wireless communications for its customers in more than 6,500 U.S. and Canadian cities and towns, or abroad. In North America, more than seven million customers are using GSM service in 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and six Canadian Provinces, including every top 10 market in North America. VoiceStream has roaming agreements with more than 125 of the major operators worldwide providing service in 70 countries. For more information, visit the Web site at voicestream.com.

About Motorola

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion.

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