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AT&T and North Haven Senior Center Host ‘Cell Phones for Seniors’ and ‘Surfing for Seniors’ Events August 14th

August 13, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AT&T Inc. announced today the launch of a new public service initiative designed to benefit Connecticut’s mature adult population. AT&T Connecticut will host a series of free events, titled “Cell Phones for Seniors” and “Surfing for Seniors” at senior centers throughout Connecticut over the next several months. The first of these is scheduled on August 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the North Haven Senior Center, 189 Pool Road, North Haven, Conn.

“AT&T’s free seminar is a unique opportunity for seniors to receive help with two areas of technology that are engrained in our daily lives — mobile phones and the Internet,” said Judy Amarone, manager, North Haven Senior Center. “With AT&T’s assistance, we expect our members to be able to walk away feeling more comfortable and confident that they will have a positive, safe experience using their cell phones and surfing the Internet.”

This event is open to the public and mature adults interested in attending are encouraged to call the North Haven Senior Center at 203-239-5432.

In “Cell Phones for Seniors”, which starts at 10 a.m., AT&T volunteers will work in a classroom setting to teach seniors about mobile phone basics, such as controlling the phone volume, checking voice mail, and storing a number in the phone’s address book. Seniors can also learn about AT&T’s Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) options as well as how to send text messages and share pictures on their phones. Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile phones, regardless of which wireless carrier they currently use. AT&T will also have free “practice” phones on-site.

In “Surfing for Seniors”, starting at 1 p.m. mature adults will receive training from AT&T representatives in a classroom setting where they’ll learn how to safely navigate the information superhighway, including understanding the risks and needed precautions to surf safely and securely. Topics will include how avoid spam, scams, fraud and phishing schemes, as well as privacy best practices and how to use spyware.

“Technology is no longer a vehicle used only by businesses and gadgeteers, but rather a commonality in all of our lives today,” said State Representative Steve Fontana (D – North Haven). “I commend AT&T in their efforts to inform and educate the mature consumers of Connecticut on how to use this technology in a convenient and safe manner.”

“These events are a great example of AT&T’s philosophy to connect people with their world, where they live and work,” said Ramona Carlow, president, AT&T Connecticut. “Our goal with these events is to make even better and lasting connections using mobile phones and the Internet — both safely and securely.”

   Below are more dates and locations are open to the mature adult public:    Mansfield:   August 18, 2008, 12:30 - 4 p.m.   Mansfield Senior Center   303 Maple Road, Mansfield, Conn    Hartford:   August 20, 2008, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.   Southend Wellness Senior Center   830 Maple Avenue, Hartford, Conn    Norwalk:   August, 26, 2008, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Norwalk Senior Center   584 Main Avenue, Norwalk, Conn    Meriden:   August 27, 2008, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   Meriden Senior Center   22 W. Main Street, Meriden, Conn    

AT&T has plans to expand the “Cell Phones for Seniors” and “Surfing for Seniors” programs to other areas of Connecticut in the coming weeks and months. For additional information on the Connecticut event series – or to inquire about scheduling a free seminar in your community – please contact Sarah Beth Luce Del Prete at 203-771-0212.

   For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit http://www.att.com/.    About AT&T  

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