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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Completes Verizon Wireless Certification of Kyocera 200 M2M Module

SAN DIEGO - July 21, 2003 - Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading manufacturer of CDMA wireless devices, today announced that its Kyocera 200 Module has completed the Verizon Wireless certification process. The device, which is the only wireless module to incorporate both trimode CDMA2000 1XRTT high-speed voice/data and assisted-GPS (A-GPS) position location technologies, is designed to enable machine-to-machine (M2M) and telemetry applications.

With its certification, the Kyocera 200 Module becomes a strong terminal hardware solution for Verizon Wireless' high-speed Express NetworkSM services and packet-data applications. Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, recently strengthened its leadership position in enterprise data by introducing multi-tiered data-only pricing plans for wireless telemetry through its National Master Agent, AIRDESK Inc.

"The Kyocera 200 Module is an excellent enabling complement to our reliable network and pricing plans," said Cindy Patterson, vice president of enterprise data sales at Verizon Wireless. "The Kyocera 200 Module is a strong foundation for the rapidly growing universe of M2M telemetry applications and we're pleased to offer it to our enterprise data customers."

M2M wireless telemetry is the transfer of data over a wide-area, wireless network between two or more non-mobile or mobile machines. Examples of M2M applications include telemetry, SCADA, asset tracking, remote metering or security, wireless vending, vehicle location and exception reporting, wireless point-of-sale terminals, healthcare/remote patient monitoring, and remote traffic management, to name a few. The Wireless Data Research Group forecasts the worldwide M2M market to eclipse $28 billion annually by 2007.

"Completing Verizon Wireless certification marks a key milestone in the commercialization of the Kyocera 200 Module," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager for the M2M Business Segment at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "This product offers a unique combination of features and performance to a market that will grow exponentially in the coming years."

The Kyocera 200 Module has been designed to help ensure its applications will be used today and tomorrow with advanced features like CDMA trimode capability (including AMPS), A-GPS position location capability and support for IS-2000 data rates (up to 153.6 Kbps on both the forward and reverse links as supported by the Qualcomm MSM5100TM chipset).

Other features supported by the Kyocera 200 Module include two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS) capabilities; simple and mobile IP; AT command interface; dual UARTs; analog audio; two RF connectors; high-speed packet- and circuit-switched data; and support for both 13k QCELP and EVRC vocoders.

Having passed the strict certification requirements of Verizon Wireless, the Kyocera 200 Module is now available for purchase and integration into end devices and applications destined for deployment on the Verizon Wireless network. An optional developer's kit and programming tools to support integration of wireless capability into OEM products and systems are available for purchase by module customers.

Additional information on the Kyocera 200 Module can be accessed via the Kyocera Wireless Corp. Web site (http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/200_module/details_200module.htm) or by emailing module-sales@kyocera-wireless.com.



About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. 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, 2003, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$9 billion (JP¥ 1,069,770 million) with net income of approximately US$348 million (JP¥ 41,165 million).


About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.


Copyright 2003 by Kyocera Wireless Corp. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corp. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners.



CONTACTS:
John Chier, Kyocera Wireless Corp.
phone 1-(858) 882-3543
e-mail: jchier@kyocera-wireless.com

Leasa Ireland/Melody Brue
LPI Communications for Kyocera Wireless Corp.
phone 1-(310) 796-1936
e-mail: leasa@lpicommunications.com
e-mail: melody@lpicommunications.com


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