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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Extends Converged Device Leadership with the Kyocera 7135 Smartphone

Palm Powered™ communicator adds features including high-speed data, color screen, an expansion card slot, MP3 player, and A-GPS

NEW YORK - June 24, 2002 - Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced the Kyocera 7135 smartphone, the widely anticipated successor to its critically acclaimed QCP™ 6035 smartphone. The Kyocera 7135 features a small, lightweight clamshell design and CDMA2000 1X technology that enables data speeds of up to 153 kbps. The Kyocera 7135 also offers a high-resolution screen with 65,000 colors, Assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology, and an expansion card slot compatible with both MultiMediaCard™ (MMC) and SD™ card standards, allowing users to add memory, specialized applications or accessories. An onboard MP3 player lets users download and listen to songs in CD-quality stereo sound, while a separate external display allows for caller-ID while the phone is "closed."

The Kyocera 7135 also incorporates a speakerphone, voice-activated dialing, silent vibrating alert, two-way SMS text messaging, Eudora® email, and three modes of Web access (HTML, Web Clipping and WAP). The numeric keypad allows easy, one-touch access to contact and calendar data as well as messages or the Web. Featuring Palm OS® v4.1 and 16MB of on-board memory, the Kyocera 7135 offers the complete functionality of a Palm™ organizer and supports thousands of applications written for the Palm OS platform.

"The Kyocera 7135 sets a new standard in the converged device category, a category that Kyocera pioneered with the release of our QCP 6035 last year," said Skip Speaks, president and chief operating officer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "The refinements and unique features available in the Kyocera 7135 come at a perfect time to harness the great potential of new high-speed third-generation wireless networks. For consumers and enterprises alike, the Kyocera 7135 is the right tool to stay connected, entertained and organized."

"The Kyocera QCP 6035 was truly a ground breaking product for customers and carriers alike. The arrival of the new Kyocera 7135, with its revolutionary new data capabilities, will significantly broaden its appeal," said David Nagel, CEO of PalmSource, Inc., the maker of the Palm OS. "The new 7135 smartphone fully demonstrates how the open flexible nature of the Palm OS can provide solutions that solve real communications needs."

The Kyocera 7135 features the familiar Palm applications launcher, with Smart Keys™ for the Address Book, Date Book, Messages, and Web browser. The convenient Tap-n-Dial feature allows automatic dialing of contacts directly from the Address Book. HotSync® technology lets users synchronize information between the smartphone and a personal computer via a USB or serial connection. The smartphone also has an infrared (IR) data port at the top of the phone, for rapid beaming of information to other IR-enabled devices.

"Converged devices are capturing the resources from a growing number of device vendors as well as the growing interest from consumers and mobile professionals," said Kevin Burden, program manager of IDC's smart handheld devices research. "It will take a carefully engineered product - one that combines speed, power and expandability without sacrificing style or price - to be a leader in today's rapidly evolving convergence market."

The Kyocera 7135 is a trimode Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless phone, operating on CDMA PCS (1900 MHz), CDMA cellular (800 MHz) and analog cellular networks. The device measures approximately 3.97 in. x 2.43 in. x 1.17 in. (100.8 mm. x 61.6 mm. 29.7 mm.) and weighs approximately 6.6 ounces (186 grams). A user-replaceable standard lithium (Li-Ion) ion battery provides up to 3.5 hours of talk time and up to 160 hours of standby time in digital mode. Commercial availability of the Kyocera 7135 smartphone is expected in the fourth quarter of 2002, as leading North American carriers complete their rollouts of CDMA2000 1X networks.

The Kyocera 7135 for the Enterprise
The Kyocera 7135 is a highly capable platform for enterprise applications due to its CDMA2000 1X data capabilities and expandable memory. The phone supports browsers with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to provide security for confidential data, ideal for enterprise information management, mobile workers and m-commerce. Users also can access corporate or personal email accounts using the integrated Eudora email client. The Kyocera 7135 also acts as a wireless modem to provide data/fax capabilities for personal computers using a serial data cable.


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 the Kyocera Wireless Corp. Web site at http://www.kyocera-wireless.com.

About Kyocera Corp.
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, 2002, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled US$7.78 billion (JPY 1,034,574 million) with net income of US$240.25 million (JPY 31,953 million).


Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. QCP is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. Eudora is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Palm OS and HotSync are registered trademarks and Palm and Palm Powered are trademarks of Palm Inc. or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners.



CONTACTS:
Rick Goetter, Kyocera Wireless Corp.
1-(858) 882-2722 (ph)
rgoetter@kyocera-wireless.com

John Chier, Fleishman-Hillard for Kyocera Wireless
1-(619) 237-7721 (ph)
chierj@fleishman.com


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