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KYOCERA's Passport KPC650 EV-DO PC Card Up to 35 Percent Faster in Side-by-Side, Third-Party Testing Against Leading Competitors

Independent Test Lab's Data Shows That All EV-DO Cards Are Not Created Equal

San Diego -- (April 18, 2005) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced that its Kyocera Passport™ KPC650, a CDMA2000® 1x Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) PC card, was the clear winner in a recent test of commercially available EV-DO cards by Quality Partners*, an independent third-party testing lab. In a side-by-side test against commercially available EV-DO cards from Sierra Wireless (AirCard 580) and Novatel Wireless (V620), the Passport's throughput/speed was an average of 35 and 30 percent higher, respectively.

Quality Partners' side-by-side testing of the EV-DO cards measured uplink and downlink speeds in both good and poor network coverage conditions. In each test scenario, Kyocera's Passport demonstrated faster average throughput than its competitors.

"We're not talking about marketing hype or theoretical maximums here - when it comes to real-world performance, Passport is the hands-down winner," said Jim Kelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We were confident that our unique antenna design and receive diversity would translate into the fastest performance and it's very gratifying to see corroborating data from an independent third party."

The superior performance of Kyocera's EV-DO PC card is due to its dual-band receive diversity and a high-performance adjustable antenna plus internal antenna for both 800 MHz cellular and 1900 MHz PCS bands. The result is superior performance even when signal strength is not optimal. Passport also features hybrid-mode support, providing a soft handoff to CDMA2000 1xRTT service when EV-DO broadband service is unavailable. Kyocera's PC card also features the Qualcomm MSM6500 chipset.

The easy-to-use Kyocera Passport 1xEV-DO card can be installed in minutes and gives laptop users high-speed wireless data access of up to 2.4 Mbps*, which provides business customers with a "wired LAN experience" while they are in the field. This quick and easy access to data increases overall productivity and maintains connections to customers, partners and co-workers. Passport not only provides the convenience of mobility but also offers broadband access to corporate applications, email, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Internet browser capability. The card measures 2.13 in. x 4.84 in. x 0.51 in. and weighs 2.01 ounces.

Kyocera's Passport KPC650 EV-DO PC card is currently available through ALLTEL and Verizon Wireless and will launch with additional carriers in the near future. Additional information about the card is available at

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).

© 2005 Kyocera Wireless Corp. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. Passport is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). All other marks are properties of their respective owners

*Quality Partners is an independent test company. Quality Partners warrants the accuracy of its test results but does not endorse any particular product, service or brand.



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