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APPLE AWARDS NETWORK EUROPE AND PACIFIC RIM CONTRACTS FOR ONLINE SERVICES TO SPRINT & BT

 CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Online Services (AOS), the electronic services business unit within Apple Computer's (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) Personal Interactive Electronics (PIE) division, today announced it has awarded contracts to Sprint and BT North America, Inc. to provide its next phase of network carrier service in Europe and the Pacific Rim for Apple's future on-line services. Users of Apple Newton devices, Macintosh personal computers, and PCs running Windows are expected to have access to these rich information services in the future.
 As the selected network carriers for the Pacific Rim, both companies will provide a key component of the new services being developed by Apple Online Services. In August, Apple announced that BT and Sprint were awarded contracts as the network carriers for North America. "Both BT and Sprint have proved themselves effective partners in the last several months as we gear up to release a series of new services from AOS." said Peter Friedman, director of Apple Online Services. "With the support of these two partners, our first new service, NewtonMail is on target for it's planned release later this fall in the United States."
 Apple Online Services is Apple's information services business unit and currently provides commercial information services such as AppleLink and AppleLink CD to over 60,000 subscribers in 52 countries around the world.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with more than $10 billion annual revenue. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services; local telephone services to 6 million subscriber lines in 19 states, and cellular service in 42 metropolitan markets and more than 50 rural markets across the nation.
 British Telecom is a leader in worldwide telecommunications. It operates one of the largest networks in the world and offers a wide range of international services. BT has annual revenues over $20 billion and employs a staff of approximately 172,000 worldwide.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks and Newton is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Emma Bufton of Regis McKenna, 408-974-1856, for Apple/
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