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TELUS Mobility Introduces Hip New Youth-Oriented Phone from KYOCERA Wireless

Customizable KYOCERA "Energi" has changeable faceplates, color screen and even a built-in flashlight

Scarborough, Ontario -- (November 1, 2004) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. and TELUS Mobility today announced the Kyocera K494 Energi, an affordable wireless phone aimed at youthful buyers that is characterized by unique styling and personalization features, including user-changeable faceplates and easy ringtone and image downloads.

"With its changeable faceplates, attractive design and unique features such as a built-in flashlight, the Kyocera K494 is sure to appeal to young consumers who will also like its very attractive price point," said Robert Blumenthal, vice president of products and services at TELUS Mobility.

The Kyocera K494 is now available from TELUS Mobility across Canada for both prepaid and postpaid clients. Postpaid clients can buy the Kyocera K494 for as little as $24.99 on a three-year contract or $149.99 for those opting for month-to-month service. Pay & Talk prepaid clients can get the Kyocera K494 bundled with a $50 prepaid airtime card, charger and activation code for $179.99.

"Energi continues our commitment to provide the latest technology and feature-rich handsets that are both fashionable and extremely intuitive," said Don McGuire, vice president of global marketing and North American Sales at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Today more than ever, people are making a statement with the phones they carry, and Energi has a range of personalization options for people who want to express their individuality."

The Kyocera K494 features a uniquely styled keypad design and user-changeable faceplates for wireless users looking for extra design touches in an affordable handset. Its brilliant colour display is ideally suited to gaming and image downloads. The phone also features a built-in flashlight, polyphonic ring tones, voice-activated dialing, and productivity tools including a contact directory, calculator, world clock and stopwatch.

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).

About TELUS Mobility
TELUS Mobility provides its more than 3.75 million clients across Canada with a full suite of wireless voice, Internet and data services through its PCS and Mike digital wireless networks. For more about TELUS Mobility, please visit

TELUS (TSX: T, T.NV; NYSE: TU) is Canada's second largest telecommunications company with more than Cdn $7 billion of annual revenue, more than 4.8 million network access lines and more than 3.75 million wireless subscribers. The company provides subscribers across Canada with a full range of telecommunications products and services utilizing next-generation Internet-based technologies, including data and voice services through TELUS Communications Inc. and wireless services through TELUS Mobility. For more information, please visit


© 2004 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. All other marks are held by their respective owners.



Kyocera Wireless Corp.
John Chier
phone: 1-(858) 882-3543
Fleishman-Hillard Canada for Kyocera Wireless in Canada
Sarah Coombs
phone: 1-(416) 606-0428, 1-(416) 645-3647
TELUS Mobility
Julia Quinton
phone: 1-(416) 684-4050