KYOCERA and MetroPCS select two lucky winners and pay their bills for a year
Simultaneous contests were offered to MetroPCS customers who bought Kyocera phones and sales associates who sold them
San Diego and Dallas, September 15, 2009 - Kyocera Communications Inc., provider of Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices, and MetroPCS Wireless Inc. (NYSE: PCS), the nation's leading provider of unlimited, flat-rate, no-signed-contract wireless communications service, share a common desire of providing great value when it comes to their mobile phones and wireless service. Today the companies took "value" one step further, jointly announcing the winners of their "Keep Your Cash" and "Bank Your Bucks" contests. Mindful of today's challenging economy, Kyocera will be paying each of the two grand-prize winners' bills for the next year (up to $24,000 each).
This summer, MetroPCS customers who purchased Kyocera Mako S4000 and Kyocera Neo E1100 mobile phones were given the opportunity to enter the "Keep Your Cash" sweepstakes. Emilio Rodriguez, a MetroPCS customer from West Palm Beach, Fla., is the grand-prize winner following his purchase of a new Kyocera Mako. Kyocera and MetroPCS will award Rodriguez on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at the MetroPCS store located in Wellington, Fla. at 10410 Forrest Hill Blvd.
Meanwhile, the "Bank Your Bucks" contest was designed to reward the MetroPCS sales associate who sold the greatest number of Kyocera Mako and Neo phones from June 11 to July 26. Adeel Khan, a MetroPCS dealer from Chico, Calif., won the contest by selling the highest number of Neo and Mako phones out of all 14 MetroPCS markets.
"We're thrilled to work with MetroPCS and make things a bit easier for the winners during these tough economic times," said Tom Maguire, head of global marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. "The Neo and Mako phones are both great values to begin with. Add in the opportunity to have your bills paid for a year and it's not hard to understand why the phones were flying off of MetroPCS's shelves. We're excited for the winners and grateful for our strong relationship with MetroPCS."
The Kyocera Neo E1100's sleek looks and affordable $99 price point (after a $40 mail-in rebate) helped the phone to jump off MetroPCS shelves since its launch in June. It is a stylish flip phone featuring a vibrant blue 'breathing' LED lightpipe and a sleek, metallic finish with a unique hint of purple. The lightpipe is an integral part of the phone's external housing. As calls or messages are received, it comes to life and pulsates, while a hidden caller-ID display under the phone's translucent surface comes to life. Kyocera's Mako S4000 also features an elegant, simple design with a large keypad, external and internal displays, VGA camera with zoom, and an affordable price point of $79 (after a $20 mail-in rebate).
"We are proud to have partnered with Kyocera and to have had the opportunity to reward one of our customers and sales associates," said Mike Ward, vice president and general manager MetroPCS, South Florida. "We proved that with MetroPCS' value-packed service plans and Kyocera's value with their Mako and Neo phones that consumers can get more value for less money."
Kyocera mobile phones are available through all MetroPCS stores, authorized dealers and online at www.metropcs.com.
About Kyocera Communications, Inc.
Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI) is the sales, marketing, customer engineering and service headquarters for Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless products and Accessories in the Americas. The company's devices are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and multimedia. KCI was formed in April 2009 through the combination of Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Kyocera Sanyo Telecommunications Inc., two wholly owned subsidiaries of Kyocera International Inc. The former was created when Kyocera purchased QUALCOMM Incorporated's consumer wireless phone business in 2000, while the latter was formed when Kyocera purchased the wireless phone business of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. in 2008. Based in San Diego, KCI 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) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "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, office-document imaging equipment, solar power generating systems, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2009, the company's net sales totaled 1.13 trillion yen (approximately US$11.5 billion). Kyocera marks its 50th anniversary in 2009, and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations. It is ranked #418 on Forbes magazine's 2009 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
About MetroPCS Wireless, Inc.
Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS), is a provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no signed contract. Currently, MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based carrier and the largest regional facilities based carrier in the United States and has access to licenses covering a population of approximately 145 million people in the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dallas, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Boston, Orlando, Miami, Tampa and Sacramento. As of June 30, 2009, MetroPCS had approximately 6.3 million subscribers. For more information please visit www.metropcs.com
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