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TELEKOM TO SUPPORT APPLE'S NEWTON TECHNOLOGY; A LETTER OF INTENT WITH APPLE COMPUTER INC. HAS BEEN SIGNED

 LONDON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Deutsche Telekom and Apple Computer Inc. today announced that they intend to jointly develop new products based on Apple's Newton technology and to cooperate on the marketing of Apple's Newton MessagePad in Germany. The two companies have signed a letter of intent to this effect.
 Deutsche Telekom and Apple have also agreed to disclose -- before the end of this year -- the details of their joint activities. These activities are expected to include distribution agreements, as well as joint development of software and add-in products which are expected to complement the communication capabilities of Newton. Says Dieter Gallist, member of the board of management of Deutsche Telekom, "We believe that Newton technology will open up a whole new range of business opportunities for Deutsche Telekom."
 Gaston Bastiaens, vice president, and general manager of Apple's Personal Interactive Electronics (PIE) division, says, "The kind of products and services that we aim to develop with Deutsche Telekom will bring unique benefits to users in the way they communicate."
 The first product based on Newton technology, the Newton MessagePad, was demonstrated for the first time in Germany at the IFA in Berlin on Aug. 26 1993. The Newton MessagePad is a handheld communications assistant that enables people to capture, organise and communicate information with exceptional ease and spontaneity.
 The introduction of the German version of Newton MessagePad is planned for late November.
 Newton technology provides a number of possibilities in the telecommunications area offered by Deutsche Telekom. Worldwide faxing with the Personal Digital Assistant and an appropriate fax modem will no longer be a problem.
 The MessagePad will format the information to be faxed and will add the cover sheet, if requested, and automatically send out the fax as soon as it is connected to the telephone network. Future products will also be able to receive faxes.
 MessagePad users will be granted access to telecommunication services in Germany and will then be able to transfer data and messages worldwide. The telecommunication services of Deutsche Telekom offer various alternatives, for example, paging, mobile data communication and -- in the future -- SMS in GSM mobile telecommunication networks.
 Via Newton-Mail-Service, MessagePad users can send and receive electronic messages to and from other Newton-devices as well as a number of computer systems. Newton-Mail is to be extended later to a complete Online-Service which will give access to information such as news, weather and business news.
 In addition, the MessagePad can easily exchange/synchronise data and save information when connected to a personal computer.
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: The Apple logo is a registered trademark; Apple, Macintosh, and Newton are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc./
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 /CONTACT: Laurence Clavere of Apple Computer Europe, 010-33.1.49.01.49.63; or Susie Bridgeman or Ruth Reynolds of Spreckley Pittham Ltd., 071-388-9988; or Emma Bufton of Regis McKenna 408-974-1856/


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