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CRZY 4 TXTING? Virgin Mobile USA's new X-TC from Kyocera Wireless hits stores in April

Warren, N.J. & San Diego, Calif., (March 13, 2009) - Messaging on your cell phone will be getting a lot more exciting with the launch of Virgin Mobile USA's (NYSE: VM) X-tc from Kyocera Wireless today. The phone is equipped with a sleek, slide-out QWERTY keypad that's perfect for text fiends and fans. The answer to all your messaging needs, the X-tc keeps you connected with full messaging capabilities including IM and email support. The device will retail for $99.99 without an annual contract and will be rolling out to retail stores in April. The X-tc is scheduled to go on sale online at on April 6. Information about the X-tc is available at

Perfect with Virgin Mobile USA's $10 Unlimited Messaging
-- X-tc is available without an annual contract on both Pay As You Go and Monthly Plans
-- Messaging lovers can combine Virgin Mobile USA's Monthly Plans, starting at $24.99 with $10 Unlimited Messaging (TXT, PIC, IM, and E-mail) Packs.
-- All plans without annual contracts include 7 p.m. Nights & Weekends

X-tc is More Than Just Messaging
-- Boasts 1.3 MP camera, with a large 2.4" TFT QVGA screen, Stereo Bluetooth and Micro SD card slot for memory cards up to 8GB
-- Room for 500 contacts and voice recognition to call them
-- Music Player comes with dedicated music keys and playlist management
-- Messaging support includes SMS, MMS, photos and IM
-- Predictive text input for rapid key entry
-- Web browsing capability with direct links to key social networking sites

"Our five million plus customers just sent and received 1.1 billion messages in December! Messaging is immensely popular among our customer base, so this is one more device to add to the wide selection of sleek and affordable handsets for which Virgin Mobile USA is known," said Matias Monges, Vice President, Mobile Devices, Virgin Mobile USA.

"Kyocera and Virgin Mobile USA have experienced great success pioneering the affordable texting device category and X-tc continues that trend as our third-generation text-centric handset," said Eric Anderson, Vice President of Global Sales, Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We acquired tremendous experience with the very popular Switch Back and Wild Card products for Virgin Mobile USA and we've taken that education to the next level with a more powerful and consumer friendly wireless handset. We believe Virgin Mobile customers will love it."

Virgin Mobile USA expects to release Jax, a new entry-level handset at retail and online in early April as well. For more details please visit

About Virgin Mobile USA, Inc.
Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., through its operating company Virgin Mobile USA, L.P., offers millions of customers control, flexibility and choice through Virgin Mobile's Plans Without Annual Contracts and postpaid offerings through Helio By Virgin Mobile, with national coverage for both powered by the Sprint PCS network.

Virgin Mobile USA is known for its award-winning customer service, with 90% of its own customers reporting satisfaction. Virgin Mobile USA allows customers to earn free minutes in exchange for viewing advertising content online through the innovative Sugar Mama program. Virgin Mobile USA's full slate of smart, stylish and affordable handsets are available at approximately 40,000 top retailers nationwide and online with Top-Up cards available at approximately 150,000 locations. Helio's advanced devices like the Ocean 2 and unlimited All-in voice plans can be explored at

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

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, 2005, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,180,655 million) with net income of approximately US$429 million (JP¥ 45,908 million)


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For more information, contact:

Virgin Mobile USA
Corinne Nosal
phone: 908.607.4235
SHIFT Communications for VMU
Justine Navaja
phone: 212.504.2926
Kyocera Wireless Corp.
John Chier, Corporate Communications
phone: 858.882.3543
LPI Communications for KWC
Melody Parrette
phone: 858.361.9731