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KYOCERA Wireless Announces New High-Speed CDMA2000® 1xEVDO PC Card

KYOCERA Passport Offers High-Speed Mobility with Speeds up to 2.4 Mbps

SAN FRANCISCO -- (October 26, 2004) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced the Kyocera Passport, a CDMA2000® 1x Evolution Data Optimized (EVDO) PC card that will be available this fall to CDMA carriers around the world.

The easy-to-use Passport 1xEVDO card, also known as the Kyocera KPC-650, can be installed in minutes and gives laptop users high-speed wireless data access of up to 2.4 Mbps.* Passport not only provides the convenience of mobility but also offers broadband access to corporate applications, email, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) browsers and seamless Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging capability.† Additionally, Passport's dual-band receive diversity and high-performance antenna design allows for improved coverage nationwide and higher data rates.

"Our internal testing shows Passport to be the fastest EVDO card available in our markets - up to twice as fast as other competitive offerings currently available on CDMA networks," said Don McGuire, vice president of Global marketing and North American sales at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Our success with CDMA wireless handsets and telemetry modules makes us uniquely qualified to deliver on the high-speed data potential of EVDO on next-generation CDMA wireless networks. Now our goal is to go one step further and offer superior, easy-to-use high-speed wireless products to incorporate into people's lives - whether a mobile phone, telemetry module or PC card."

The Kyocera Passport features an adjustable rotating antenna for maximum signal strength and includes intuitive Passport Navigator software for easy installation and connection management that is compatible with EVDO and CDMA2000 1x services. The card boasts download speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps in EVDO coverage areas and achieves download speeds with bursts of up to 153 kbps on CDMA2000 1x connections outside of EVDO coverage.

The Kyocera Passport 1xEVDO PC Card is 2.13 in. x 4.84 in. x 0.51 in. and weighs 2.01 ounces.

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. 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

Kyocera Corporation, 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, 2004, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,140,814 million) with net income of approximately US$655 million (JP¥ 68,086 million).


© 2004 Kyocera Wireless Corp. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

* Optional features at an additional charge.
† Not available with some carriers.


Kyocera Wireless Corp.
John Chier
phone: 1-(858) 882-3543
LPI Communications for Kyocera Wireless
Leasa Ireland/Melody Brue
phone: 1- (310) 796-1936