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August 12, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Boeing gets AT&T, but employees won’t get iPhones (updated)

AT&T announced today that it won a $400 million deal to provide telecommunications services to Boeing.

Under the five-year contract, AT&T will provide wireless and network services. That includes replacing multiple networks with a “ubiquitous” IP voice and data network. AT&T will eventually provide Boeing with wide area network services, voice, audio conferencing, Internet service and wireless voice and data services.

And potentially the iPhone. (Update below: Boeing said no to the devices …)

When I asked an AT&T spokeswoman Jane Taber if the deal would give Boeing iPhones, she said “It does!”

But Boeing IT spokeswoman Cathy Rudolph said no, “Boeing will not be including corporate iPhones as part of our service offering.”

I guess that’s not surprising, especially given the enterprise security discussion about the phones.

AT&T has a similar enterprise relationship with Starbucks. No wonder it’s bumping T-Mobile Hotspot Wi-Fi out of the stores.

I wonder if next we’ll see AT&T offering two hours of free Wi-Fi on 787s.

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