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KYOCERA Wireless Announces First 3G PC Card Available to Brazilian Mass Market

KYOCERA Passport offers high-speed wireless mobility with download speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps

Sao Paulo -- (March 2, 2005) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced the first 3G PC Card available to the mass market in Brazil. Kyocera Passport, a CDMA2000® 1x Evolution Data Optimized (EVDO) PC Card will be available in April, sold exclusively through VIVO.

The easy-to-use Passport EVDO 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 and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) browsers. Additionally, Passport's dual-band receive diversity and high-performance antenna design allows for improved coverage nationwide and substantially-higher data rates.

"Our success with CDMA wireless handsets and telemetry modules makes Kyocera Wireless uniquely qualified to deliver the high-speed data potential of EVDO on next-generation CDMA wireless networks," said Fábio Castanheira, Regional Sales Director for Kyocera Wireless Corp. in Brazil. "Our internal testing shows Passport to be the fastest EVDO card currently available in CDMA markets - twice faster comparatively than other products available in CDMA networks".

The Kyocera Passport features an adjustable rotating antenna for maximum signal strength and includes intuitive Passport Navigator software for easy installation and connection management of 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 measures is 2.13 in. x 4.84 in. x 0.51 in. and weighs 2.01 ounces.

* Optional features at an additional charge

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 Wireless Corp. launched in Latin America in 2001, and today serves 31 operators in 19 countries with 17+ models. Representing approximately 20% of worldwide company sales, the region saw growth double consecutively over the last two fiscal years, with an increase of sales of 131% for the year ending March 31, 2004, following an increase of 135% for the year ending March 31, 2003. For more information, please visit www.kwclatin.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 Vivo
VIVO is a company controlled by the groups Portugal Telecom and Telefónica Móviles. It is the largest operator in the mobile industry in the South Hemisphere with more than 22 million customers and about 45% of the Brazilian market share. It is present in 19 Brazilian states and the Federal District, which represent 86% of the national territory and 83% of the GNP. CDMA, the world's basis for the third generation of wireless phones, is VIVO's technology of choice.

 

© 2005 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of TIA-USA.

 

Contacts

Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Alison Klapper Leon
phone: 1-(305) 351-0268

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