Cricket Adds KYOCERA Rio Touchscreen Handset to Dynamic Lineup
Innovative Wireless Carrier Launches Compact, Full-featured, Value-consious Device
San Diego - November 15, 2010 - Cricket Communications Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), and Kyocera Communications Inc., provider of Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices, today announced the addition of the Kyocera RIO into Cricket's versatile device lineup.
Demonstrating the wireless carrier's commitment to providing cost-conscious yet high-function mobile phones, RIO will be available starting today for a suggested MSRP of $129.99 in Cricket-branded retail stores, select dealers and on www.mycricket.com. Weighing in at just over 3 ounces, the compact device packs a stellar 2.8" QVGA full touchscreen display and the new MyHomeScreen with 3 customizable homescreens, quick one-touch access icons for messaging, dialer, and scrollable menu and contacts. RIO also comes with an optical trackpad/navigation key, 1.3MP camera, music player, microSD card slot, stereo Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack and links to Cricket Navigator, Mobile Email, and MyBackup. Additionally, the paperless installed user guide makes navigating the features easy for all.
"The Kyocera RIO is a great complement to our constantly growing device lineup," said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager of devices for Cricket Communications. "It provides users with a sleek and sexy full touch multimedia experience. Available right in time for holiday shopping, this mobile phone will make a perfect gift for our customers who are looking for a phone with the latest in device technology at a very affordable price."
RIO provides users with up to 330 minutes of talk and text time before the battery needs recharging, supports up to 16GB microSD memory cards for all the users' favorite music and videos, and complements the unlimited talk, text and picture messaging capabilities offered to all Cricket customers.
The pocket-friendly RIO will be offered on Cricket's all-inclusive unlimited plans, including the basic $35 unlimited talk and text, and the robust $45 plan which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, navigation, international text, unlimited and video picture messages, unlimited web browsing and more. In addition, customers utilizing the $45 rate plan have free and fast access to Cricket Navigator, mobile email and MyBackup, a system that protects customer contact lists.
"RIO makes touch more affordable but doesn't sacrifice looks and function," said Eric Anderson, vice president of sales at Kyocera Communications Inc. "We're excited to be a big part of Cricket's lineup of full-purpose devices with a phone that packs a lot of features in at a low price just in time for the holidays."
Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving more than 5.3 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket's nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. Cricket Broadband provides unlimited Internet access anywhere within Cricket's coverage areas at speeds comparable to DSL. For more information on Cricket, visit www.mycricket.com. Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, www.leapwireless.com.
About Kyocera Communications, Inc.
Kyocera Communications, Inc. (KCI) is the 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, 2010, the company's net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately US$11.5 billion). Kyocera marked its 50th anniversary in 2009, and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations. It is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine's 2010 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
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