SBC turns up Wi-Fi at UPS

SBC this week said it will offer W-Fi service in thousands of UPS retail stores in the U.S.

SBC's FreedomLink service will also be offered in domestic Mail Boxes Etc. stores, which are part of the UPS retail network. Adding FreedomLink to the outlets, which offer printing, copying and shipping services, will make the stores into "branch offices" for mobile workers, SBC says.

The FreedomLink service enables mobile workers to use laptop computers and personal digital assistants to wirelessly connect to the Internet and corporate networks. FreedomLink service will be available in more than 1,500 The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations by year-end, with installations continuing through 2005.

New domestic The UPS Store centers will also be equipped with the service. Currently, there are approximately 3,300 The UPS Store locations, and the total U.S. network is projected to reach 5,000 by 2007, SBC says.

The monthly charge for SBC FreedomLink is $19.95 for unlimited access to all FreedomLink hot spots. Day session charges are $7.95 for unlimited access to FreedomLink hot spots for one calendar day.

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