KYOCERA Wireless Unveils New Line of Wireless Products For the Puerto Rico Market
Advanced multimedia features and a diverse range of designs define KYOCERA's three new cellular phones and its innovative Mobile Router for EV-DO cards
San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami, FL -- December 6, 2006 -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced the launch of its new product portfolio for the Puerto Rican market. The new line-up includes three innovative cellular phones designed to offer consumers the ultimate in entertainment and productivity, as well as an award-winning mobile EV-DO router that provides convenient broadband wireless and Wi-Fi access to small work groups or executives on the go when using a high-speed PC card.
"Just in time for the holidays, Kyocera Wireless is pleased to launch this advanced range of CDMA phone and data products to the Puerto Rican market", said Izaike de Falla, regional manager of sales for the Caribbean and Central America at Kyocera Wireless. "Whether looking for the ultimate in entertainment and multimedia capabilities, true productivity or stylish affordability, Kyocera products are designed to meet the growing needs of consumers at all levels and to help enhance their daily lives."
Heading up the new portfolio is the EV-DO-enabled Kyocera KX18 Slider Jet.™ Offering a high-speed Internet connection, MP3 player and VGA camera, the KX18 Slider Jet is the perfect solution for those looking for the latest in mobile entertainment. Additionally, the new Kyocera K323 clamshell phone is an excellent choice for those looking for the best mix of a compact camera phone with Bluetooth® wireless technology, while the very-affordable Kyocera K132 is an ideal gift for those looking for a phone that provides ease-of-use and style. Adding to its leadership in the EV-DO and data technology arena, Kyocera is also unveiling the KR1 mobile router which provides an instant mobile Wi-Fi high speed network when used with an EV-DO card, the perfect gift companion for those looking to be on-line while on the road.
Kyocera Slider Jet™
The Kyocera Slider Jet is Kyocera's first mobile phone in Puerto Rico with CDMA2000 1x EV-DO capability. Along with a diverse range of productivity and entertainment tools, the Slider Jet provides access to a high-speed wireless Internet connection to address the ever-increasing demand for technology, mobility and convergence among consumers.
In addition to providing core voice service functions, the Slider Jet offers the following features: WAP, BREW, SMS and MMS (multimedia) messaging, music player (supporting MP3, AAC, MP4, 3GP and M4A formats) and an expandable memory port for an additional 512 MB of storage. The phone is equipped with a VGA camera with flash, digital zoom, dedicated camera buttons as well as video recording and playback. Furthermore, it enables users to download their favorite TV programs and video-clips*.
Other highlights of the Slider Jet are its 262,000 color-display, which ensures high resolution for image and video viewing, a speakerphone for hands-free conversations, the BREW 2.1.3 technology for downloading games and ringers. It is also worth mentioning that the mobile phone may be used as a hybrid, that is, using the 1x capability in areas without EV-DO access.
With a provocative and delicate compact design, the Kyocera K323 is a sophisticated phone with a smooth soft-feel finish for an absolutely avant-garde experience. In addition to its innovative Bluetooth® wireless technology, the K323 provides a multi-function camera with multi-shot adjustment, automatic focus, digital zoom and programming, among other features. Photo touchup is easy for adjusting resolution, color and adding fun frames to favorite snapshots. Along with the wireless hands-free capabilities afforded by Bluetooth, 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 attractive K323 also offers an external display with caller ID, an internal antenna and dedicated side buttons. Inside the clamshell are a large and vivid color display and an easy-to-use keypad with direct access to volume control. The new phone also stands out for its great combination of features, namely its functions for changing the screensaver configuration, caller alerts and both MP3 and MIDI ringtones. Capable of sending SMS/EMS, MMS and instant messages. The K323 also comes with a variety of helpful tools including a photo phone book that holds up to 500 entries, alarm clock, tip calculator and voice memos to help keep the user on track throughout the day.
Depending on the services available from each carrier, K323 also provides Web and e-mail access, a mobile WAP 2.0 browser, CDMA2000 1x and AGPS/E911, as well as the TTY/TDD capability for improved sound.
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.
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.
KR1 Mobile Router
Kyocera Wireless has also launched in the Puerto Rican market its KR1 Mobile Router, expanding the company's offering of mobile data devices.
The Kyocera KR1 Mobile Router takes a single CDMA2000® 1x Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) broadband connection and creates a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for multiple PCs using 802.11g technology to deliver download speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps. A universal accessory, the KR1 Mobile Router can be powered by any PCMCIA card using EV-DO 3G wireless technology, including the Kyocera Passport KPC650 EV-DO PC card, or by most USB-enabled EV-DO handsets. The Passport is a CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO PC Card that provides users with the freedom to access data at broadband speeds anytime, anywhere from their laptops.
For many applications, the KR1 Mobile Router can eliminate the need for high-cost and fixed DSL or cable connections. Ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses, enterprises or household use, the KR1 Mobile Router provides strong security controls, such as 128-bit WEP encryption and an advanced firewall for protection against viruses, hacking and identity theft.
Measuring 21.5cm x 13.5cm x 2.3cm and weighing 453 grams, the KR1 Mobile Router includes an easy-to-use configuration wizard and Web-based device management using Internet Explorer 6, Netscape Navigator 6 and other JAVA™-enabled browsers.
Kyocera's strong leadership role in the development of EV-DO products comes as the result of a strong demand for the technology by both consumers and operators alike in the region. Recently, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) reported that 22 operators in 17 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean have deployed or built CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks. The report reads, "Capitalizing on high-speed data-transfer capabilities, operators have introduced a wide range of broadband services for cell-phone users aimed at various market needs, from internet access in un-served areas to the most advanced applications, such as 3D games and TV. Operators are seeing a significant rise in demand for 1xEV-DO services, with a subscriber growth of 40% per quarter".
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® Inc.'s CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based out of 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. The company launched into Latin American in 2001. 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 a net income of approximately US$596 million (JP¥ 69,696 million).
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*Depending on carrier availability.