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KYOCERA Wireless Announces Two New Ultra-Affordable Handsets For CDMA Mobile Phone Users

KYOCERA K122 Priced to Allow Carriers in Developing CDMA Markets to Compete Against Low-Cost GSM Handsets

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (September 12, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced the bar-style Kyocera K122 and clamshell-style Kyocera K132 entry-tier mobile phones for CDMA carriers around the world. With a rapidly-growing number of wireless users in cost-sensitive markets such as Asia, Africa and Latin America, the Kyocera K122 is an ultra-low-tier single-mode 800 MHz phone that allows carriers to offer a stylish, full-featured CDMA handset priced to compete against low-cost phones from GSM operators.

"In an increasingly competitive market at the lowest price points, the Kyocera K122 allows CDMA carriers to compete without sacrificing design appeal or functionality," said Lee Ittner, executive vice president of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Millions of people are on the verge of buying their first mobile phones, and this phone will allow those in emerging markets to not only afford a stylish new handset, but also to have a complete, satisfying user experience."

The Kyocera K122, available this fall, is the first in a series of phones that Kyocera Wireless will announce over the coming months that address the rapidly growing and largely untapped demand in emerging CDMA markets. The Kyocera K132, an entry-tier phone, will also be available this fall for all international and domestic CDMA carriers.

Kyocera K122
With Kyocera's focus on ease of use and stylish affordability in mind, the Kyocera K122 is a compact bar-style phone with an internal antenna, strong battery life and a large color-filtered grayscale display. Operating at 800 MHz and using CDMA2000® 1xRTT technology, the K122 features SMS and a large, raised keypad for text messaging, as well as BREW® 2.1 for downloading simple games, ringers, contacts and more.* Productivity tools include an extensive contact directory, scheduler, alarm clock, and vibrating alert. Users will also enjoy pre-loaded games and MIDI/QELP ringtones.

The Kyocera K122 measures 104.5 mm x 46.8 mm x 16.5 mm (4.1 in x 1.8 in x 0.6 in), weighs 77.8 g (2.7 oz), and has CDMA talk time of up to 4.0 hours and CDMA standby time of up to 250 hours.

Kyocera K132
The Kyocera K132 is a dual-mode digital-only entry-tier flip phone with a progressive look for global CDMA markets. With an internal antenna and a large, 65,000-color display, the K132 also features a premium design with a soft-touch finish. It also includes a speakerphone, polyphonic ringtones, vibrate alert, predictive text entry, WAP 2.0 and is BREW 2.1-capable for downloading simple games, ringtones, wallpapers and screensavers.* Productivity tools include a scheduler, calculator, alarm clock, stopwatch, tip calculator, world clock and voice memos.

The Kyocera K132 measures 86.4 mm x 43.7 mm x 21.1 mm (3.4 in x 1.7 in x 0.8 in), weighs 93.6 g (3.3 oz), and has CDMA talk time of up to 3.7 hours and CDMA standby time of up to 180 hours.

Kyocera Wireless will offer a full lineup of Genuine Accessories by Kyocera™ for both the K122 and K132. More information about these handsets can be found at 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).

*Depending on carrier availability. May require additional charge.

 

© 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. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of TIA USA. BREW is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Inc. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

 

For more information, contact:

Kyocera Wireless Corp.
John Chier
phone: 1-858-882-3543
e-mail: jchier@kyocera-wireless.com
CTIA WIRELESS IT & ENTERTAINMENT: Hall H & J, Booth #583
LPI Communications for Kyocera Wireless
Leasa Ireland
phone: 1-310-796-1936
e-mail: leasa@lpicommunications.com

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