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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Unveils the Kyocera Smartphone, a Completely Integrated Wireless Communications Solution

Palm Powered™ Trimode Handset Unites Voice Communications, Text Messaging, Wireless E-mail and Three Different Methods of Web Access

SAN DIEGO - November 27, 2000 - Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced the Kyocera QCP™ 6035 Smartphone, a powerful yet lightweight wireless handset that unites voice communications, text messaging, e-mail and multiple methods of Web access with the power of a Palm OS®-based organizer. Commercial availability of the Kyocera Smartphone is expected in the first quarter of 2001.

The sleek, elegant Smartphone 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 Smartphone offers many enhanced features, including a built-in speakerphone, voice-activated dialing and a convenient jog-dial for accessing phone settings, contact information and call history. With the Palm OS v3.5 and 8 MB of memory, the Smartphone incorporates the complete functionality of the latest Palm™ organizers and supports thousands of applications written for the Palm OS platform.

"The Kyocera Smartphone combines the most advanced wireless technology with the most user-friendly features," said Masahiro Inoue, president and CEO of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "By integrating a wireless phone with a Palm organizer, Kyocera has created a phone that is customizable to a vast range of business and consumer purposes, yet is elegantly simple to use."

The Kyocera Smartphone measures approximately 5.59 in. x 2.60 in. x 0.86 in. (14.2 cm. x 6.6 cm. x 2.2 cm.) and weighs 7.35 ounces (208 grams). A user-replaceable lithium ion battery provides up to 4.5 hours of talk time and up to 110 hours of standby time in CDMA digital mode.

The Kyocera Smartphone supports HTML browsers with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to provide security for confidential data, making the Smartphone a robust platform for m-commerce and enterprise information management. The Smartphone also supports Web Clipping applications and WAP browsers. All three methods use CDMA wireless data services for Web access. In addition, users can access corporate or personal e-mail accounts using the integrated Eudora® e-mail application. The Smartphone also acts as a wireless modem to provide data/fax capabilities for personal computers via the charging cradle or optional serial cable.

Kyocera Smartphone users can choose either the speakerphone or a headset connected to the universal earphone jack to make simultaneous use of the phone and PDA functions. The convenient jog dial on the left side of the phone provides easy access to contacts, call history, phone settings, messages and voice memos. The Smartphone features voice-activated dialing and Speed Dial, as well as 15 audible ringer types plus a silent, vibrating alert. A unique SmartSound feature automatically adjusts the earpiece volume during a call based on surrounding noise levels.

With the keypad open, the Smartphone displays the familiar Palm applications launcher, with additional Smart Keys™ for the Address Book, Date Book, Memo Pad and To-Do List. The convenient Tap 'n' Dial feature allows automatic dialing of contact numbers from the Address Book. HotSync® technology allows users to synchronize information between the Smartphone and a personal computer. The Smartphone also features an infrared (IR) data port at the top of the phone for rapid beaming of information to other IR-enabled devices.

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. For more information on Kyocera Wireless Corp., please visit our website at

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, 2000, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated 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. Eudora is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Palm OS and HotSync are registered trademarks and Palm and PalmPowered are trademarks of Palm Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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