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 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced that NewtonMail will be available in a series of commercial releases over the next 60 days to users of Newton MessagePad communications assistant and other Newton products created by licensees of Newton technology. Phase one will begin today with an expanded test pilot, immediately followed by a limited commercial release to the thousands of Newton users in the United States who have sent in response cards that were packaged with their Newton MessagePad. In the final release, NewtonMail will become available throughout the United States. NewtonMail is the first in a series of new electronic communications services being developed by Apple Online Services, a business unit within Apple Computer's Personal Interactive Electronics (PIE) division.
 NewtonMail enables Newton users to exchange text messages easily with each other and with anyone who can be reached on CompuServe, America Online, MCI Mail, AppleLink, SprintMail, EasyLink, and other online services accessible via the Internet. In addition, NewtonMail allows electronic exchange of Newton information such as notepad messages (including graphics), business cards, and calendar appointments between NewtonMail subscribers.
 "The combination of Newton technology and NewtonMail provides people with a seamless means of communication, as well as access to numerous online services. NewtonMail subscribers will be on the leading edge of anytime, anywhere communciations," said Peter Friedman, director of Apple Online Services. "The simple and powerful communications capabilities of NewtonMail provide yet another incentive for users to harness the power of Newton Intelligence."
 By taking advantage of intelligent assistance support for addressing messages, users can send mail from any application within Newton. In addition, NewtonMail uses metaphors consistent with other built-in Newton applications such as the In-Box and Out-Box functions.
 To get started with NewtonMail, users need a Newton device, a Newton Fax Modem, a phone line, and a NewtonMail account. The NewtonMail Starter Kit includes a booklet describing the service, a pocket-sized listing of worldwide network access telephone numbers, and a certificate with a password and registration number for automatic online registration.
 All Newton products sold to date by Apple and its licensees have been packaged with a response card that enables users to apply for a NewtonMail Starter kit. Users in the United States who have returned their response card will receive NewtonMail Starter Kits by mail when NewtonMail begins shipping. Over the next few months Apple plans to package Starter kits with Newton devices.
 The NewtonMail service will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for regularly scheduled periods of maintenance. NewtonMail is expected to be accessible from locations around the world, providing convenient local access to global communications networks.
 The monthly fee in the United States is $8.95, and this will include 2 free non-prime hours of usage. Each hour thereafter is $4.95, and a $2.95 per hour primetime network surcharge will be applied toward all U.S. usage. Pricing includes free sign up, and there will be no surcharge for the use of the NewtonMail-Internet gateway. Charges will be billed directly to the user's credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card) each month. English language versions of NewtonMail are planned to be available in countries around the world in 1994. Native language German, Japansese, and French versions of NewtonMail are also expected to be available at a later date. Pricing for usage outside the US will be announced at a later date.
 Apple Online Services (AOS) is developing a portfolio of subscription-based information services for the Newton family of products. In the future, AOS plans to offer Newton users a wealth of information ranging from news, weather, sports, travel and financial information, to be delivered several times a day, depending on the nature of the service.
 Apple Online Services, the information services business unit of Apple Computer, Inc., currently provides commercial information services such as AppleLink and AppleLink CD to over 60,000 subscribers in 52 countries around the world. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries across the world.
 NOTE: Apple and the Apple logo are registered trademarks, and Newton, MessagePad, and NewtonMail are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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