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New KYOCERA Wireless Security System to Thwart Use of Potentially Dangerous Counterfeit and Aftermarket Batteries

LAS VEGAS -- (April 5, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced a unique new security system designed to thwart the use of potentially dangerous counterfeit and aftermarket, non-authorized batteries in Kyocera phones. Beginning with the soon-to-launch Kyocera Strobe handset, forthcoming devices from Kyocera Wireless will use the patent-pending cipher-based solution to alert users of non-authentic batteries and disable the batteries from being recharged.

"We've done extensive testing of counterfeit and aftermarket batteries made for leading brands of cell phones and all too often their cost is kept down by removing important safety components and features," said Eddie Forouzan, Ph.D., lead battery engineer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Virtually every authentication technology introduced in this industry to date - from hologram stickers to static ID-chip solutions - has been compromised by aftermarket manufacturers. We felt it vital to create a dynamic solution that, by its very nature, is nearly clone-proof."

To achieve this level of security, Kyocera Wireless is embedding logic in all Kyocera battery packs. Unlike older technologies based on standard ID chips, each Kyocera chip has a unique identifier, much like a fingerprint. A battery is recognized as authentic only after the phone and battery have successfully communicated via layers of encryption based on convolution of data. The mathematical probability of creating a non-authorized battery that can overcome the Kyocera secure battery technology is one in tens of billions.

For several years Kyocera Wireless has taken aggressive steps to protect consumers from potentially dangerous counterfeit batteries entering the global market, ranging from a precautionary battery recall to extensive work with law enforcement agencies. Kyocera Wireless, along with a number of competitors and partners, helped to establish the IEEE/CTIA 1725 Working Group, a global industry body dedicated to ongoing improvements in the reliability of cellular batteries.

"We will continue to invest every effort and resource to protect consumers who place their trust in our products," said Tsuyoshi Mano, president of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "It is consistent with Kyocera Corporation's 47 years of honorable, ethical business practices and, beyond that, it's the right thing to do."

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. 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 www.kyocera-wireless.com.

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, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2005, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,180,655 million) with net income of approximately US$429 million (JP¥ 45,908 million).

 

© 2006 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

 

Contacts

Kyocera Wireless Corp.
John Chier
phone: 1-858-882-3543
e-mail: jchier@kyocera-wireless.com
CTIA Booth: #5426, North Hall
LPI Communications for Kyocera Wireless
Leasa Ireland/Ellen Lynch
phone: 1-310-796-1936
mobiles: 1-213-364-8702/1-415-225-2240
e-mail: leasa@lpicommunications.com

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