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KYOCERA Wireless Announces Two New Phones for Emerging CDMA Markets at CTIA Wireless 2005

KYOCERA Topaz KX7 and KYOCERA Prisma KX17 Set to Address Entry-Level International Demand

New Orleans -- (March 14, 2005) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today at CTIA Wireless 2005 unveiled two new wireless handsets designed to meet the needs of emerging CDMA markets and other International CDMA carriers seeking to offer easy-to-use entry level handsets.

The Kyocera Topaz KX7 is a sleek, silver clamshell handset and the Kyocera Prisma KX17 is a compact, silver bar phone with an internal antenna. Both new Kyocera phones feature color screens and bright blue backlit keypads for enhanced style and ease of use. Operating only on the 800MHz spectrum, both phones are ideal for International CDMA carriers seeking to offer entry-level handsets at an attractive price point. In addition to their stylish looks, Topaz and Prisma also feature a speakerphone, vibrate alert, polyphonic ringtones, SMS text messaging, and built-in wallpapers and screen savers. Both phones also support Removable User Identity Module (RUIM)* capabilities for storing removable phone information such as contact lists, contact information and text messages for easy portability between phones. Topaz is also BREW™-enabled*, allowing access to download additional ringtones, screensavers and wallpapers directly over the air to the phone.

"Topaz and Prisma fill a much-needed space in Kyocera's global handset lineup, addressing the rapidly-growing number of emerging markets for CDMA phones," said Tsuyoshi Mano, president of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "By offering easy-to-use, color handsets at the 800MHz spectrum, we are enabling these international carriers to sell more stylish products at an attractive, entry-level price point. Both new phones will greatly contribute not only to the success of Kyocera Wireless, but also to the growth of our emerging carrier partners and the expansion of CDMA technology around the world."

Topaz KX7 and Prisma KX17 also feature predictive text-input software providing rapid text entry in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Vietnamese and Indonesian*. Both handsets also support standard dual NAM and MIN lock for carrier restriction of phone activation on another network.

The Kyocera Topaz KX7 sustains up to 200 hours of standby time and up to 3 hours of talk time on a standard lithium ion battery, weighing only 95 grams and measuring 8.3cm x 4.5cm x 2.25cm. The Kyocera Prisma KX17 sustains up to 150 hours of standby time and up to 3 hours of talk time on a standard lithium ion battery, weighing only 85 grams and measuring 11.0cm x 4.5cm x 1.95cm.

Both phones will be available through CDMA carriers globally this summer, along with a full line of Genuine Accessories by Kyocera™ for enhanced style and usability.

*Feature availability may vary.

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).

© 2005 Kyocera Wireless Corp. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. BREW is a trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Genuine Accessories by Kyocera is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

 

Contacts

Kyocera Wireless Corp.
John Chier
phone: 1-(858) 882-3543
e-mail: jchier@kyocera-wireless.com
CTIA Booth: #6245 - Hall G
LPI Communications
Leasa Ireland / Melody Brue
phone: 1-(310) 796-1936
mobiles: 1-(213) 364-8702 / 1-(858) 361-9731
e-mail: leasa@lpicommunications.com

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