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KYOCERA Wireless Corp. Provides TELUS Mobility with Canada's First PCS Digital Push-To-Talk Wireless Handset

KYOCERA KX440 is a ruggedized walkie-talkie and feature-rich phone

San Diego, CA and Scarborough, ON  (January 18, 2005) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., in conjunction with TELUS Mobility, unveiled Canada's first digital PCS, Push To Talk (PTT) wireless handset, the Kyocera KX440. With the push of a button, the phone becomes a walkie-talkie, allowing for instant communication between individuals.

"TELUS Mobility is Canada's Push To Talk leader and we're very pleased to provide the first handset to support their new Instant Talk service," said Jim Kelly, chief operating officer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Businesses have come to rely on PTT, and the KX440 has the right combination of features, style and price in a Push To Talk phone."

"With our Mike network for business and now Instant Talk on our PCS network, TELUS Mobility is Canada's leading national Push To Talk service provider, and we are pleased to be launching our new service with the Kyocera KX440," said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS Mobility's vice president, products and services.

The KX440 is based on Kyocera's popular Phantom design and features single-button PTT functionality, a dedicated speakerphone and a volume-control button. The phone's colour display with on-screen contact cartoon icons lets users know when other users are available to talk.

The KX440 is ideal for heavy use, as each handset comes equipped with a high-capacity, rechargeable lithium ion battery that will ensure talk time of up to 200 minutes and standby time of four days in CDMA digital mode.

In addition to its instant communication functionality, the KX440 comes with rubberized side grips and keypad, and a variety of productivity tools including up to 25 ringer types, vibrating alert, voice-activated dialing, alarm clock, stopwatch and tip calculator. Downloadable ringtones, Web access and predictive text entry round out the KX440's long list of features.

Available across Canada, the KX440 is priced at $79.99 on a three-year contract or $229.99 for clients without contracts.

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 www.kyocera-wireless.com.

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 CDMA and Mike iDEN digital wireless networks. For more about TELUS Mobility, please visit telusmobility.com.

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 telus.com.

 

 

Contacts

Fleishman-Hillard Canada for Kyocera Wireless in Canada
Sarah Coombs
phone: 1-(416) 645-3647
e-mail: coombss@fleishman.com
TELUS Mobility
Julia Quinton
phone: 1-(416) 684-4050
e-mail: julia.quinton@telus.com

 

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