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IBM, MobileStar ink wireless hotel pact

IBM and wireless service provider MobileStar are partnering to expand Mobilestar's wireless Internet systems to more than 2,000 hotels, airports and Starbucks restaurants throughout the United States by the end of 2001, the two companies announced Thursday morning. Mobilestar provides wireless Internet service to about 160 locations. The two companies say they will expand the MobileStar wireless network to the Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, Ramada and Wyndham hotel chains, eight different airports where American Airlines has Internet-enabled "Admiral Lounges" for businesspeople, plus a number of Starbucks coffeehouses.

IBM and wireless service provider MobileStar are partnering to expand Mobilestar's wireless Internet systems to more than 2,000 hotels, airports and Starbucks restaurants throughout the United States by the end of 2001, the two companies announced Thursday morning. Mobilestar provides wireless Internet service to about 160 locations.

The two companies say they will expand the MobileStar wireless network to the Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, Ramada and Wyndham hotel chains, eight different airports where American Airlines has Internet-enabled "Admiral Lounges" for businesspeople, plus a number of Starbucks coffeehouses.