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Leap's Cricket® Service Launches KYOCERA KX9e Silver Flip Phone

Sleek Clamshell Phone Offers Cost-Conscious Simplicity and Pocketability Just in Time for Summer

San Diego -- (July 25, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, and Leap Wireless International, Inc. [NASDAQ: LEAP], a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless communications services, today announced the availability of the Kyocera KX9e, a sleek clamshell handset designed to be both fashionable and affordable, for Cricket customers. The handset features Cricket Clicks™ functionality, including downloadable wallpapers, screensavers, ringtones, games and more.

A compact silver flip phone with an easy-to-use keypad for quick dialing and text messaging, KX9e offers a high-quality, 65,000-color display, a loud and clear speakerphone and Kyocera's renowned intuitive user interface. Designed with simplicity in mind, KX9e includes polyphonic ringtones, a vivid 1.6" 128x128 pixel color display, and voice memo capability that allows for easy voice "notes" on the go.

"The KX9e is a perfect addition to Cricket's summer lineup," said Tom Maguire, vice president of global marketing at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Our research tells us that the majority of people still just want to make a call and this handset allows just that with the added bonus of a sleek, pocketable, easy-to-use design."

The handset is also compatible with Cricket's roaming service, Travel Time™, and is Cricket Clicks™ capable for downloadable wallpapers, screensavers, games and ringtones directly over the air to add to those already included on the phone. With a powerful speakerphone, voice-activated dialing and vibrate alert, KX9e also features preloaded polyphonic ring tones and screen savers; predictive text input for rapid text messaging; Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS) for downloading ringtones from Mycricket.com; a contact directory and volume controls on the side of the phone. Productivity tools include a scheduler, calculator, alarm clock, stopwatch, tip calculator, countdown timer, and voice memos.

The Kyocera KX9e measures 1.88 in. x 3.46 in. x 0.98 in. and weighs 3.5 ounces with CDMA talk time up to 3.5 hours and standby time up to 175 hours.

The Kyocera KX9e is available at select Cricket retail stores and Cricket dealers immediately for $119.99. With Cricket's unlimited calling plans, no signed contracts, and no credit checks, the Kyocera KX9e is the perfect complement. A complete line of Genuine Accessories by Kyocera™ is also available for the KX9e. For more information, please visit a local Cricket retail location, or online visit www.mycricket.com or www.kyocera-wireless.com.

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, 2006, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$10 billion (JP¥ 1,181,489 million) with net income of approximately US$596 million (JP¥ 69,696 million).

About Leap
Leap, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is a customer-focused company providing innovative mobile wireless services targeted to meet the needs of customers under-served by traditional communications companies. With the value of unlimited wireless services as the foundation of its business, Leap pioneered both Cricket® and JumpTM Mobile service. Through its affordable, flat-rate service plans, Cricket offers customers a choice of unlimited local voice minutes, unlimited domestic long distance voice minutes, unlimited text, instant and picture messaging and additional value-added services over a high-quality, all-digital CDMA network. Designed for the mobile-dependent, urban youth market, Jump Mobile is a unique prepaid wireless service that offers customers free unlimited incoming calls from anywhere with outgoing calls at an affordable 10 cents per minute and free incoming and outgoing text messaging. Both Cricket and Jump Mobile services are offered without long-term commitments or credit checks. For more information, please visit www.leapwireless.com.

 

© 2006 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. Genuine Accessories by Kyocera is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. Cricket, Travel Time and Cricket Clicks are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cricket Communications, Inc. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

 

For more information, contact:

Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Brad Shewmake
phone: 1-858-882-2028
e-mail: shewmake@kyocera-wireless.com
Leap Wireless
Greg Lund
phone: 1-858-882-9105
e-mail: glund@cricketcommunications.com

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