Kyocera Wireless Corp. Introduces 2300 Series of 1X AGPS-Enabled Handsets
Two New Handsets Feature Assisted Global Positioning System and High-Speed Data Capabilities at an Affordable PriceCTIA WIRELESS 2002, ORLANDO, Fla. -- March 18, 2002 -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. today introduced its new line of AGPS-enabled handsets, the Kyocera 2300 Series, at the CTIA trade show in Orlando.
The Kyocera 2325 and 2345 handsets are equipped with Assisted Global Positioning System (AGPS), allowing phone owners to be located via the wireless network in emergency situations. The 2300 Series handsets also will include Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 2000 1X technology, an advanced packet-data technology that enables data rates as high as 153 kbps.
"Kyocera Wireless Corp. was first to reach the market in the smartphone category, first to reach market with 1X-enabled handsets, and continues that tradition of leadership with the release the 2300 Series of AGPS-enabled handsets," said Skip Speaks, president and chief operating officer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We have packed these phones full of features and made them easily customizable, an ideal combination for first-timers and power-users alike."
The Kyocera 2325 and 2345 are also the first Kyocera handsets with the ability to download polyphonic ringers over-the-air instead of via syncing with a computer. Polyphonic ring tones, as opposed to today's common monophonic ring tones, produce multiple tones simultaneously, rendering truer renditions of favorite songs.
The Kyocera 2325 and 2345 handsets will be distinguished by a compact, lightweight and ergonomic design, which is comfortable to hold and easy to use. Both handsets have a painted metallic finish and feature a brilliant blue backlit display and keypad. Both are trimode digital phones, operating on CDMA PCS (1900 MHz), CDMA cellular (800 MHz) and analog cellular networks.
Enhanced features include built-in speakerphone, Internet access, two-way short messaging or SMS (as dependent on services available from carrier), voice-activated dialing, five games, predictive text entry, and productivity tools including voice memo, scheduler, calculator, contact directory, alarm clock, and stopwatch. The phones measure approximately 4.72 in. x 1.89 in. x .95 in. (12 cm x 4.8 cm x 2.4 cm), weigh approximately 4.34 ounces (123 grams), and provide up to 3.8 hours of talk time and up to six days of standby time in digital mode.
The phones are expected to reach the consumer market by Summer 2002 and will be among the first AGPS-enabled handsets in North America.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Inc.'s CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit the Kyocera Wireless Corp. Web site at http://www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corp., the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2001, Kyocera Corp.'s consolidated net sales totaled $10.2 billion with net income of $1.742 billion. Kyocera Corp. has been recognized by IndustryWeek magazine as one of "The World's 100 Best-Managed Companies."
NOTE: Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corp. QCP is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Inc. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.
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