Leap Introduces Kyocera 2235 1X Handset on Upgraded Next-Generation Networks in Phoenix and Denver
SAN DIEGO - Dec. 10, 2001 - Leap Wireless International, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWIN), an innovator of wireless communications services, today introduced the Kyocera 2235 1X handset on its newly upgraded next-generation wireless networks in the company's two largest Cricket markets - Phoenix and Denver. Leap has selectively upgraded its networks in these higher-density markets to increase voice capacity for handling the growing demand for Cricket, the company's unlimited local wireless service.
"We are excited to offer our Cricket customers the feature-rich Kyocera 2235 mobile handsets on our 1X-ready networks in Phoenix and Denver," said Harvey P. White, Leap's chairman and CEO. "Introducing these 1X handsets in our two largest Cricket markets supports our strategy to easily evolve to next-generation networks so we cost-effectively and efficiently increase voice capacity. Because our customers talk on Cricket approximately 1,100 minutes a month - nearly four times the wireless industry average - it is important that we boost capacity in a way that minimizes capital investment. We believe that CDMA2000 1X is the best way to achieve this. Because 1X is backward-compatible, both our current and new customers can co-exist using the same radio technology."
"Leap's 1X launch demonstrates the richness of the CDMA2000 1X platform, which allows carriers like Leap to support unlimited local wireless service, and other carriers to deploy high-speed data services," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group (CDG). "The CDG applauds Leap, Kyocera and the Group's other members on making significant inroads in the 3G arena."
Leap expects the compact, lightweight handset - which features a luminescent blue display, voice-activated dialing and productivity tools such as a calculator, alarm clock and stop watch - to appeal to local business people and other early adopters. The Kyocera phone will retail for $129.99, including the first month of Cricket service.
"Kyocera is pleased to provide Leap with our new 2235 mobile handsets for use in its 1X-ready Cricket markets," said Skip Speaks, president and COO of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We believe that our feature-rich handset will appeal to Cricket users who enjoy advanced functionality in a compact design."
Based on the CDMA2000 1X wireless standard, the ergonomically designed Kyocera 2235 measures 4.72" x 1.89" x 0.95" and weighs approximately 4.34 ounces. The handset offers up to 3.8 hours of talk time and up to five days of standby time in digital mode. The phone features a brilliant blue backlit keypad for easy readability, an easy-to-use navigation button, and predictive text input, as well as voice-memo and command capabilities. The Kyocera 2235 also includes four games, 25 different ring tones and vibrate alert, animated screen savers, and a robust contact directory that stores both personal and business information.
"CDMA is the most efficient digital technology available today, and the only technology that can support our Cricket unlimited local wireless service," said Glenn Umetsu, Leap's senior vice president of launch and deployment. "While other carriers may look at CDMA 1X to support high-speed data services, we are selectively deploying it in our markets to reduce overall network costs and boost voice capacity."
Leap, which will evaluate the need for further 3G network upgrades across its markets, expects the majority of its 1X upgrades to take place starting in the first half of 2002.
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
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO - news) 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."
Leap, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is a customer-focused company providing innovative communications services for the mass market. Leap pioneered the Cricket Comfortable Wireless service that lets customers make all their local calls from within their local calling area and receive calls from anywhere for one low, flat rate. Leap has begun offering new services designed to further transform wireless communications for consumers. For more information, please visit www.leapwireless.com.
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