Sprint Introduces Affordable, Customizable New Phone From Kyocera
New Sprint PCS Phone QCP-2035 by Kyocera Clearly Features Changeable Translucent Faceplates, AffordabilityKANSAS CITY, MO, and SAN DIEGO--Oct. 24, 2000--Sprint PCS (NYSE: PCS) and Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced the nationwide availability of the Sprint PCS Phone QCP-2035 by Kyocera. This latest phone from Kyocera features colorful, changeable semi-transparent faceplates, giving consumers the ability to customize the look of the handset to their own personal style. The phone is currently available for $99.99 at Sprint Stores and other participating retailers within the Sprint PCS 100-percent digital, 100-percent PCS nationwide wireless network.
"We are pleased to introduce a multifunctional phone that allows customers to express their individual style with removable faceplates," said Charles Levine, chief operating officer of Sprint PCS. "The Sprint PCS Phone QCP-2035 by Kyocera combines an Internet-ready, feature-rich phone with the clarity of the Sprint PCS network in a stylish, affordable package."
"The QCP-2035 by Kyocera is a powerful mobile tool that will appeal to Sprint PCS customers ranging from first-time users to mobile professionals," said Masahiro Inoue, president and CEO of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We are confident that there is no other phone on the market at this price point that combines the functionality, performance and style of the QCP-2035."
The Internet-ready Sprint PCS Phone QCP-2035 by Kyocera comes in Charcoal and Electric Blue and weighs only 4.4 ounces. The phone offers optional faceplates in a variety of translucent colors. In addition, the phone features a thumb-operable, 4-way navigational key for convenient selection of menu items and navigation of the Sprint PCS Wireless Web.
The phone also features a large 5-line bitmap display capable of supporting animation, graphics, variable font sizes and character sets for multiple languages. The phone's smart text sizing feature automatically changes the font size when necessary, making it clear and easy to shop, check email, trade stocks or access information from the Sprint PCS Wireless Web.
Other features of the phone include 15 ringer tones, vibrate alert, a stopwatch and countdown timer, tip calculator and a game titled "Brick Attack." The phone also offers full Spanish text, 200 phone book entries with enhanced rolodex format, Web browser capability and internal modem capability for data/fax services. Packaged with a standard Lithium Ion battery and an AC adapter, the Sprint PCS Phone QCP-2035 by Kyocera provides up to 3.5 hours of talk time and up to 5.4 days of stand-by time in digital mode.
About Sprint PCS
Sprint PCS operates the largest 100 percent digital, 100 percent PCS nationwide wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint PCS has licensed PCS coverage of nearly 270 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit the Sprint PCS web site at http://www.sprintpcs.com. Sprint PCS is a wholly owned tracking group of Sprint Corporation trading on the NYSE under the symbol "PCS."
Sprint is a global communications company - at the forefront of integrating long-distance, local and wireless communications services, and a large carrier of Internet traffic. Sprint built and operates the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and is a leader in advanced data communications services. Sprint has $20 billion in annual revenues and serves more than 20 million business and residential customers.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. (KII), the North American headquarters and holding company of Kyocera Corporation. KII established Kyocera Wireless Corp. after acquiring QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. incorporates QUALCOMM's CDMA technology in the development and manufacture of wireless phones and accessories for customers worldwide.
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 telecommunications equipment, solar energy systems, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers and copiers. During the year ended March 31, 2000, the companies' net sales totaled 812 billion yen (US$7.9 billion) with net income of 50 billion yen (US$489 million). 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. QCP is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated.
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