VIVO Encontra GPS Service Now Available on KYOCERA Wireless Handset
VIVO's new Localiza GPS service makes it easier to locate friends, relatives and loved ones using your KYOCERA phoneSao Paulo -- (March 3, 2005) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced that users of Kyocera's SoHo handset now have access to the VIVO Localiza (VIVO Finds) GPS service, offered by VIVO Encontra. The application is available in more than 272 cities in Brazilian states including Amazonas, Amapá, Bahia, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Pará, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Sergipe and São Paulo.
With VIVO Localiza, developed in partnership with Wiz Technologies, Kyocera handsets can find (and be located by) other wireless phones to track down friends, relatives and loved ones, identifying the location of the phone in the form of a map. The service guarantees privacy; that means the person to be found has to authorize it.
The service is immediately available by entering the "Downloads" catalog of the Kyocera handset and selecting VIVO Localiza. The prices are based on the number of "finds" requested: one find costs R$5,99; three finds is R$7,99, while five finds is R$9,00 - plus the cost of the data traffic for all usage.
Fábio Castanheira, Regional Sales Director for Kyocera Wireless Corp. in Brazil, the localizing services now offered through VIVO Encontra on Kyocera handsets could dramatically improve life quality.
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).
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. Phantom, Slider and Koi are trademarks of Kyocera Wireless Corp. BREW is a trademark of QUALCOMM, Inc. VIVO Encontra is a trademark of VIVO. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of TIA USA.