KYOCERA Wireless Launches its First GSM/GPRS Phone in Puerto Rico With Claro
Japanese-heritage firm announces the new E3500, a superior music and
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - (August 13, 2008) - Kyocera Wireless Corp., (KWC) a leading global manufacturer of mobile phones and devices, announced today the launch of the E3500, its first mobile phone with GSM/GPRS technology for the Puerto Rican market. Initially, the E3500 will be available exclusively through Claro, a leading wireless communications company.
"We are proud to be able to offer our first phone with GSM technology for the Puerto Rican market with Claro, which for many years has been an important partner for Kyocera Wireless in Puerto Rico," said Izaike de Falla, regional sales manager for Kyocera Wireless in the Caribbean and Central America.
Puerto Rico has always been a key market for KWC, with consistently strong sales of CDMA phones and devices. With the introduction of the new E3500 - made possible by the corporate expansion of Kyocera Wireless into the GSM market in Latin America earlier this year - the company is now able to communicate its commitment and focus for both CDMA and GSM technologies to its Puerto Rico constituents.
"This launch is extremely important for Claro because it allows us to add a leading brand such as Kyocera to our extensive GSM portfolio: the most widely used technology in the world. At Claro we are proud to bring the latest and most modern devices to our client, and it gives us great pleasure to be the provider that launches the first Kyocera GSM device in the local market," stated Enrique Ortiz de Montellano, president and CEO of Claro in Puerto Rico.
With a fresh style, "clamshell" design, and a large variety of functions, the E3500 phone is a practical and modern music and entertainment cell phone. The multi-function phone features an MP3 player with external music display and key control, Bluetooth® Stereo, a microSD™ expansion slot for up to 2GB of storage for music, videos and photos, and video file recording and reproduction capabilities. The Kyocera E3500 also offers an 1.3 MP camera incorporating flash, zoom, video recorder, photo editor and other innovative features including instant messaging, an E-book reader, currency converter and melody composer.
Kyocera's new E3500 stands out for its versatility, with "plug and play" functionality that lets the phone double as a webcam, modem or hard disk simply by connecting the device to a computer, without the requirement of any additional software. The innovative phone can even recharge directly from your computer, simply by plugging in the cable.
Multiple language support and convenient features such as a task list, calendar, unit converter, calculator, timer, lantern, alarm clock, vibratory alerts, and a mini USB connector are also included to keep users organized, informed and connected. With a small size of just 4.1 x 2.0 x .65 inches, and light weight of only 2.96 ounces, the E3500 also provides up to eight hours of talk-time and 500 hours of stand-by mode.
Since its inception in 2000, Kyocera Wireless has consistently achieved recognition for its achievements in advancing CDMA voice and data technologies. Recently the company expanded its portfolio in Latin America to include devices using GSM technology, the predominant wireless protocol outside of North America. Kyocera Wireless is actively seeking a leadership role in emerging technology areas such as NFC, WiMAX, WCDMA and devices that elegantly integrate multiple technology platforms.
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About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. 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, Kyocera Wireless leverages Japan's history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface. 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, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2008, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$12.9 billion (JP¥1,290,436 million) with net income of approximately US$1.0 billion (JP¥107,244 million).
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