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Cricket® Leaps Into the New Year With the KYOCERA K323 Cameraphone

Compact, sleek design with soft-feel finish and Bluetooth connectivity makes using this flip phone a joy, "hands-on" or hands-free

San Diego, CA -- (January 3, 2007) -- 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 K323 for Cricket customers. A compact camera phone with a soft-touch exterior, internal antenna and Bluetooth® wireless technology, the K323 is well designed to take full advantage of Cricket's flat-rate unlimited calling and texting plans.

Designed with ease of use in mind, the Kyocera K323 is sleek and compact with an external text caller ID and photo caller ID on the vivid internal color display. Dedicated one-touch buttons access a powerful speakerphone, volume controls, and the phone's full-featured camera with an integrated flash and digital zoom. Photo touchup is easy for adjusting resolution, color and adding fun frames to favorite snapshots. The K323 also includes all the features voice purists need, including real-music ringtones and voice-activated dialing. For those who prefer to "talk" with their thumbs, multimedia text messaging and instant messaging are simplified with a large backlit keypad and predictive text input software for rapid text entry.

"The Kyocera K323 offers everything that a voice- and text-centric user could want in a flip phone," said Tom Maguire, vice president of global marketing at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Cricket's flat-rate plans make ease of use and style appeal paramount factors for choosing a phone. With its soft-feel finish, large keypad and Bluetooth connectivity, the K323 offers both in one compact, attractive handset."

"Our customers have proved to be highly data savvy, sending approximately five times more text messages per month than the industry average," said Al Moschner, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Leap. "The addition of the Kyocera K323 handset enables Cricket to bring even more value and functionality to our customers."

The Kyocera K323 is also compatible with Cricket's roaming service, Travel Time™, and is mobile Web enabled for browsing the Web for sports, entertainment and movies. It can also download wallpapers, screensavers, games and ringtones directly over the air to add to those already included on the phone.* The phone also features pre-loaded polyphonic ring tones and screen savers, 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.

Measuring just 3.54 in. x 1.81 in. x 0.92 in., the K323 weighs only 3.4 ounces and has a CDMA talk time of up to 210 minutes and standby time of up to 165 hours. It is equipped with a secure battery containing patent-pending technology for increased security and safety, just one of the many Genuine Accessories by Kyocera™ available for the Kyocera K323.

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 10 billion US dollars (1,181,489 million yen) with net income of approximately 596 million US dollars (69,696 million yen).

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 

* Additional charges may apply.

 

© 2007 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. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and the use of any such marks by Kyocera Wireless Corp. is under license. Cricket and Travel Time 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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