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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Announces First Clamshell Design in Kyocera 5135 Phone

Stylish phone combines features, appearance and value for new and seasoned PCS users

ORLANDO, Fla. - March 18, 2002 - Kyocera Wireless Corp. today expanded its line of wireless handsets with the introduction of the Kyocera 5135. The Kyocera 5135, Kyocera's first handset to feature a "clamshell" design, is attractive and functional, offering up to eight days of stand-by time and weighing only 3.1 ounces. The Kyocera 5135 is a trimode Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless phone targeted at first-time and fashion-conscious customers who are seeking the convenience and sleek style of a lightweight, compact phone.

"For wireless users looking for a combination of style, convenience and distinctive features the Kyocera 5135 is a perfect match," said Stan Scheufler, corporate vice president of marketing and product management for Kyocera Wireless Corp. "The 5135 further demonstrates Kyocera Wireless Corp.'s commitment to delivering the right lineup of phones to suit everyone's personal and professional lifestyle."

The Kyocera 5135 is small and compact with a unique clamshell flip design. The phone comes data-ready with a brilliant-blue backlit display and keypad for easy readability. It supports WAP and two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS), allowing users to send and receive text messages (as supported by their respective carriers). The Kyocera 5135 also comes standard with a silent vibrating alert, 15 ring tones, and a contact directory to store up to 200 names, addresses, notes and phone numbers.

When folded shut, the Kyocera 5135 measures approximately 3.4 x 1.7 x 1.0 inches and weighs approximately 3.1 ounces. A lithium-ion battery provides up to three hours of talk time or up to eight days of standby time in digital mode, depending on user settings. Available accessories for the 5135 include a portable headset, hands-free car kit, chargers for both auto and travel use, data connectivity cables, and a leather case. The Kyocera 5135 is currently anticipated to be available for purchase by consumers this summer.

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

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) 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 solar energy systems, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers and copiers. During the year ended March 31, 2001, the companies' net sales totaled 1.285 trillion yen (US$10.2 billion) with net income of 219.5 billion yen (US$1.742 billion). Kyocera Corporation has been recognized by IndustryWeek magazine as one of "The World's 100 Best-Managed Companies."

Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective companies.

Rick Goetter, Kyocera Wireless Corp.
1-(858) 882-2722 (ph)
1-(858) 882-3650 (fax)

John Chier, Fleishman-Hillard for Kyocera Wireless
1-(619) 235-9995 (ph)