At&T Tries Downloading Do Co Mo's Magic

A deal brings cash and wizardry to AT&T Wireless

A year ago, AT&T Wireless Group was the last company you'd turn to if you wanted to browse the Web or read e-mail from your phone. Sprint PCS Group was the U.S. leader in such services, known as wireless data. Blessed with an abundance of radio spectrum and just the right data-friendly technology, Sprint was the first to concoct attractive Web services on a cell phone. And its alliance with wireless pioneer Qualcomm Inc. gave Sprint an inside lane in the race for "3G," or third-generation phones that will one day pluck music and movies from the Internet.

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