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KYOCERA Wireless Announces the Launch of the KR1 Mobile Router in Mexico

KYOCERA's new Mobile Router combines CDMA 1xEV-DO and Wi-Fi technologies to create a fast and easy-to-use mobile network

Mexico (October 30, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, announced today the release of the KR1 Mobile Router for the Mexican market.

The Kyocera KR1 Mobile Router uses a single CDMA2000® 1x Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) wireless broadband connection and creates a mobile Wi-Fi access point for multiple computers with 802.11g technology to deliver download speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps.

It is a universal accessory powered by any PCMCIA card using EV-DO 3G wireless technology (such as Kyocera Passport KPC650 EV-DO PC card), or EV-DO phones with USB ports (as, for example, Kyocera's KX18 Slider Jet™ or KX18 Slider Ice).

"The KR1 Mobile Router is a logical addition to our successful Passport KPC650 PC card," asserted Renata de la Vega, Kyocera Regional Manager in Mexico. "We know that many companies manage remote or temporary offices or workers. The KR1 Mobile Router enables these companies to set up and share an extensive broadband connection in any remote environment through its cellular signal."

The KR1 Mobile Router overcomes the need for users to implement costly fixed cable or DSL connections for many applications and is ideal for small and medium-size companies or home-based users. In addition, it provides strict security controls, such as 128-bit WEP encryption and an advanced firewall that protects against viruses, hackers and identity theft.

After only a few minutes of configuration, the KR1 Mobile Router provides high-speed Internet access for multiple users. For this reason, it is particularly useful for mobile work groups, such as consultants, sales representatives, among many others.

The equipment has been used by Burners Without Boarders, a volunteer organization that provided relief for the devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina. In just a few minutes and by using the Passport KPC650 card and the KR1 Mobile Router, the volunteers created a Wi-Fi port able to transmit and receive critical data. Amidst the disaster, this solution enabled residents and victims to make calls, send e-mails and have on-line access. Within six months and with the aid of this technological tool, it was possible to gather about $1 million dollars in terms of donations to demolish and clean up the debris during the reconstruction efforts.

Among other awards, the KR1 Mobile Router has received an honorable mention in the Wi-Fi category from LAPTOP Magazine in the Mobile Innovation Awards 2006. The router has been praised for its innovation and connection alternatives: it is possible to share a Wi-Fi connection at 400 to 700 kpbs with other users by merely plugging a Kyocera KPC650 card into the router.

Finally, it is noteworthy that the KR1 Mobile Router has also been short listed as a finalist in the "Communications Technology & Hardware" category for CONNECT's 2006 Most Innovative Product Awards. The global organization CONNECT fosters entrepreneurship and furthers business development and growth along with technological innovation.

The KR1 Mobile Router (size: 21.5 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm, weight: 453 g) includes an easy set-up wizard and a browser-based device manager supporting Internet Explorer 6, Netscape Navigator 6 and other JAVA™-enabled browsers.

The Passport KPC650 card, as well as the KR1 Mobile Router, are already available in Mexico.

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is one of the leading suppliers of innovative mobile accessories and devices with CDMA technology for consumers all over the world. Kyocera Wireless adheres to the company's belief in the beauty of simplicity and works to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is exclusively owned by Kyocera International Inc., which acquired the CDMA mobile phone business from QUALCOMM® Inc. in February, 2000. Located in San Diego, California, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won many local, state, and federal awards for its innovative, environmentally-friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. The company began selling products in Latin America in 2001. For further information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent company and worldwide head office of Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these manufactured materials with metals and plastics through engineering, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunication equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copying machines, mobile phones, solar energy systems, and industrial ceramics. For the year ending March 31st, 2006, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately 10 billion US dollars (1,181,489 million yen) with a net profit of approximately 596 million US dollars (69,696 million yen).

 

© 2006 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of the Kyocera Corporation. Slider Jet and Slider Ice are trademarks of Kyocera Wireless Corp. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of TIA USA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

For more information, contact:

Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Alison Klapper León
phone: 1-305-351-0268
e-mail: alisonk@kyocera-wireless.com
Martec Porter Novelli
Saraí Jiménez
phone: 55 5010-3200 ext. 3246
e-mail: sarai.jimenez@porternovelli.com

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