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KYOCERA Introduces Two New Mobile Phones in Colombia in Time for the Holidays

Blade and Phantom Provide Advanced Features and Customization For Individuality

Bogota -- December 22, 2003 -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. (, a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets, today announced the availability of the Kyocera Blade and Phantom Series CDMA2000 1XRTT handsets, both now available through BellSouth Colombia in time for the holiday shopping season. Blade and Phantom are targeted to the fashion-conscious consumer who demand the best of features and price, and provide customization options for individuals that want to show off their personality. These new phones offer unique features and services making holiday gift shopping easier for consumers of all types.

The Kyocera Blade Series, also known as the KE424 and KX424, are defined by their edgy design, key-activated built-in LED flashlight, color display and illuminated navigation key. The Phantom Series' (KE414) changeable "mask" around the display provides subscribers with the freedom to match their phones with their moods and never be seen with the same phone twice. Blade and Phantom features include text messaging with animation, email capabilities, downloadable screensavers and numerous polyphonic rings. Additionally, subscribers can utilize voice-activated dialing and organize their busy schedules with the calendar, alarm clock and built-in directory. The handsets both feature gaming capabilities and predictive text-input for rapid text entry.

"Kyocera Wireless has been working with BellSouth Colombia to provide a wide range of handsets to its customers including Blade and Phantom, which offer style and functionality at an affordable price," said Lee Ittner, vice president of International Sales, Latin America for Kyocera Wireless. "As the holidays draw near, Kyocera Wireless is confident that consumers will find an ideal fit for everyone on their holiday shopping list with the options the company is offering through BellSouth Colombia."

Kyocera Wireless' Phantom and Blade phones allow users to take advantage of the benefits of 3G technology through its CDMA-enabled handsets that feature attractive and unique applications, including animation, email, screensaveres and more. More information about Blade and Phantom and the rest of the exciting product lineup from Kyocera Wireless Corp., including retail purchasing information, is available at

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, California, 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

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, 2003, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$9 billion (JP¥ 1,069,770 million) with net income of approximately US$348 million (JP¥ 41,165 million).


Valerie Christopherson or Kirsten Brundahl
Bock Communications, Inc.
Kyocera Media Relations, Latin America
phone: +1 (714) 540-1030 ext. 14 or 24

Natasha Marvin
Kyocera Wireless Corp.
phone: 1 (305) 468-8366