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Warner Music Group And Verizon Wireless Launch America's First Music Video Download Service

Warner Music Group And Verizon Wireless Launch America''s First Music Video Download Service BEDMINSTER, NJ and NEW YORK, NY — January 31, 2005 — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider and Warner Music Group (WMG) announced today the launch of the nation’s first mobile music video download service on V CAST from Verizon Wireless – the first true wireless broadband consumer service in the country. V CAST allows customers to view crystal clear video on demand because it runs on Verizon Wireless’ Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network – the only widely available wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States. The V CAST coverage area, which mirrors the Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network, is available in more than 30 major metropolitan markets and covers more than 75 million people.

As part of Verizon Wireless’ launch of its cutting edge V CAST multimedia service, WMG will be the first major music company to make its music video catalog of new stars and legendary artists available for download to consumers in the U.S. on their wireless phones. In addition, the launch of the service marks the first music video download store ever available, wirelessly or via the Internet, in the U.S.

V CAST customers can enjoy a rotating catalog of music videos from some of the hottest WMG artists. The music video catalog will be updated once a week. At launch, V CAST customers will be able to watch some of their favorite music videos, including:

My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

The Used - All That I've Got

Crime Mob - Knuck If You Buck

Sean Paul - Like Glue

Simple Plan - Welcome To My Life

Story Of The Year - Until The Day I Die

WMG artists including Simple Plan and My Chemical Romance will be featured in the extensive multi-media marketing campaign surrounding the launch of V CAST. WMG’s V CAST content builds on the mobile entertainment relationship between Verizon Wireless and WMG that also includes master-recording ring tones and Ringback Tones.

“We’re thrilled to be the first music company to participate in Verizon Wireless’ V CAST multimedia service and the first music company to offer consumers our artists’ music videos via digital download in the U.S.,” said Michael Nash, senior vice president Internet Strategy and Business Development at Warner Music Group. “We believe services like V CAST, which employ 3G technology will quickly become one of the most important and popular distribution platforms for music and music-related content.”

“Warner Music Group’s extensive music collection features some of the hottest new artists, as well as classic favorites and we’re ecstatic that Verizon Wireless is able to provide that video and audio content to our V CAST customers,” said John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “V CAST on Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network enables us to deliver crisp, clear audio and video content for customers to enjoy while they’re on the go.”

VCAST provides the future of digital entertainment today by delivering Warner Music Group’s content using Windows Media Audio and Windows Media Video. V CAST’s array of hot new multimedia programming is located in the Get It Now® virtual store – customers can access WMG music videos and video clips from favorite news, sports and entertainment providers in the getVIDEO shopping aisle and check out new cutting-edge 3D games in the getGAMES aisle. Once in the getVIDEO shopping aisle, customers simply scroll to the Entertainment category and click on Music Videos to download WMG music videos. V CAST also gives customers unlimited access to browse and view applications in the other familiar Get It Now shopping aisles – such as getTONES and getGOING.

Media Contact Info:

Jeffrey Nelson Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com 908-306-4824

Amanda Collins Warner Music Group Amanda.Collins@wmg.com 212-275-2213

Now Playing On A Cell Phone Near You: Video Clips, Music Videos And 3D Games

Now Playing On A Cell Phone Near You: Video Clips, Music Videos And 3D Games BEDMINSTER, NJ — January 31, 2005 — When it launches tomorrow, V CAST from Verizon Wireless will break all preconceived notions about wireless multimedia services. The nation’s first 3G wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers, V CAST delivers crystal clear short content on-demand, live-action 3D games, music videos, and much more to wireless phones. The quality of the service is matched only by the popularity of the content being offered: Verizon Wireless is presenting premier news and entertainment sources from the leading content providers in the nation – and from around the globe – making V CAST an indispensable new infotainment resource for all types of consumers.

Starting tomorrow, V CAST customers will be able to use new wireless phones for applications only dreamed of a year ago: watch video clips from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”; receive video news updates from NBC News and political analyses from Tim Russert of Meet the Press; view highlights from premiere sporting events like FOX NFL Sunday from Jacksonville; immerse themselves in Spider-Man 2 3D: NY Rooftops, a game inspired from scenes in the Spider-Man 2 motion picture from Sony Pictures; and also download hot music videos from Warner Music Group artists like Simple Plan, My Chemical Romance and The Used.

V CAST is available via new 3G phones that run on the Verizon Wireless broadband EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) 3G network, delivering the fastest wide-area wireless data experience in the nation today. The V CAST coverage area, which mirrors Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network, is available in more than 30 major metropolitan markets and covers more than 75 million people.

“What wireless broadband means for consumers is a whole new wireless experience,” said Denny Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless. “This will be the year that consumers look at their wireless phones as a must-have multi-functional entertainment device, as well as something that’s indispensable for staying in touch. Now our customers can turn to their phones purely for entertainment value, with their favorite music, movies, news and games traveling with them. Unlike other wireless video and multimedia services available today, our V CAST service is fast, clear and cutting edge – the Verizon Wireless network makes this possible.”

V CAST VPak Pricing

For $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, customers get the V CAST VPak which includes unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 daily updated video clips from leading news, sports, weather and entertainment content providers. Unlimited basic short content is included, but application download fees still apply for 3D games, premium short content, and all other Get It Now® applications. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content. For a limited time, customers who sign up for V CAST receive two months of service free. Customers can also download, stream or watch premium short content, available at additional cost that will include music videos and more. Verizon Wireless V CAST customers also receive monthly access and unlimited browsing on Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Web 2.0SM news and information service.

V CAST Content

V CAST offers customers mobile news, weather, entertainment and 3D games – all in the palms of their hands – from the following categories:

Short Content Video

News:

• NBC Mobile (NBC Universal) – interview excerpts, weather updates and political analysis from NBC News personalities.

• CNNtoGO Video (Cable News Network) – hourly news updates and short content from CNN NewsPass and CNN Now in the News (formerly CNN Quickcast).

• MarketWatch (Dow Jones & Company) – business and financial news with market updates, features and interviews.

Weather:

• AccuWeather (Accuweather.com) – national, regional and localized forecasts and breaking weather news.

Sports:

• ESPN (ESPN) – college basketball and football highlights, sports news and information, game analysis and reporting from ESPN experts and personalities.

• FOX Sports (Fox Sports Interactive Media) – FOX NFL Sunday from Jacksonville, video clips from “Best Damn Sports Show Period,” “I, Max,” “Beyond the Glory” and extensive pre- and post-game coverage and interviews.

Entertainment:

• VH1 (MTV Networks) – including short content from “Best Week Ever.”

• Comedy Central (MTV Networks) – including short content from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

• E! Entertainment Television (E! Entertainment Television) – short content from E! News, The Awful Truth®, Fashion PoliceTM, Watch with Kristin, Red Carpet Moments, E! TV Highlights, Wild On!® and more.

• Just For Laughs (Airborne) – Just For Laughs Gags, Just For Laughs Offbeat and Just For Laughs Stand-Up Series.

• Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop) – memorable clips and classic songs featuring the MuppetsTM from Sesame Street.

• CinemaElectric (CinemaElectric) – extreme sports, Hollywood and fashion show catwalks video clips.

• V CAST Showcase (Verizon Wireless) includes a variety of short content: movie previews, DVD previews and short content from network television daytime and prime time programs. V CAST Showcase also features Mobile Shows, such as:

o “24 Conspiracy,” available February 7 (Twentieth Century Fox Television) o “Sunset Hotel” available February 9 (Twentieth Television)

o “Love & Hate” available February 10 (Twentieth Television)

• Music Videos (Warner Music Group) – from new stars and legendary artists. Music Videos on V CAST are premium content, available for $3.99 per music video. Titles rotate weekly; 11 titles will be available on February 1, including:

o My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

o The Used - All That I've Got

o Crime Mob - Knuck If You Buck

o Sean Paul - Like Glue

o Simple Plan - Welcome To My Life

o Story Of The Year - Until The Day I Die

3D Games

• Asphalt: Urban GT (Gameloft) – $2.99 monthly access or $9.99 for unlimited use purchase.

• AMF Bowling (Vir2L Studios and Superscape) – $2.49 monthly access or $8.99 for unlimited use purchase.

• Evel Knievel 3D (Superscape) – $2.49 monthly access or $8.99 for unlimited use purchase.

• Disney’s Kingdom Hearts 3D (WDIG) – $4.99 monthly access.

• S.W.A.T. The Movie: 3D Game (Sony Pictures) – $2.99 monthly access or $9.99 for unlimited use purchase.

• Spiderman 2 3D: NY Rooftops (Sony Pictures) – $2.99 monthly access or $9.99 for unlimited use purchase.

• JAMDAT 3D Bowling (JAMDAT) – $2.49 monthly access or $8.99 for unlimited use purchase.

V CAST’s array of hot new multimedia programming is located in the Get It Now virtual store. Customers can access video from favorite news, sports and entertainment providers in the getVIDEO shopping aisle from the Get It Now main menu. Video clips will be refreshed daily throughout the day and will be between 30 seconds and three minutes in length. Customers can check out new cutting-edge 3D games in the getGAMES aisle. V CAST also gives customers monthly access and unlimited airtime to browse applications in the other familiar Get It Now shopping aisles – such as getTONES and getGOING – but application download fees still apply.

“The value of V CAST comes not only from the quality of the experience our network provides, but also from the compelling content line-up we’ve assembled,” said John Stratton, Verizon Wireless vice president and chief marketing officer. “Our list of content providers reads like a who’s who of the news, sports, entertainment and game industries. We are offering Verizon Wireless customers a wealth of popular content in the palm of their hands at an affordable price.”

EV-DO 3G Network

V CAST runs on the Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO network that is now available in more than 30 markets across the country. The Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO network initially launched commercially with BroadbandAccess wireless Internet access service for business customers and mobile professionals. BroadbandAccess boasts average user download speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps). BroadbandAccess customers can connect via laptop to the Internet, corporate intranets, email and attachments all at high speed.

Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless executives announced plans to continue deployment of its 3G network – its BroadbandAccess and V CAST coverage areas – to cover 150 million Americans by the end of 2005.

V CAST Phones

Customers will be able to access V CAST on three hot new phones, from LG Mobile Phones, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and UTStarcom Personal Communications. The featured phone is the new LG VX8000 phone – with its full-motion short content with audio streaming and downloading and playback capabilities, the LG VX8000 offers customers a rich and rewarding interactive experience. The LG VX8000 will be available for $199.99 after a $70.00 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement. V CAST customers also can select from two additional V CAST phones, including the Samsung a890 that is available for $249.99 after a $70 rebate with a two-year customer agreement or the CDM8940 from UTStarcom Personal Communications (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.) available for $229.99 after a $70 rebate with a two-year customer agreement.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info:

Jeffrey Nelson Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com 908-306-4824

ZTE Takes CDMA450 To Argentina

ZTE Takes CDMA450 To Argentina January 28, 2005 -- Argentina is to receive its first CDMA450 network following a contract agreed between operator Cotecal (Co-operative Telefonica Calafate) and ZTE Corporation, China´s largest telecommunications manufacturer.

ZTE is to provide a total solution of network infrastructure and terminals to support the project, which will give users various services including voice, G3 fax and high ratio packed data. The contract was signed at a special ceremony held by Cotecal in Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina. The state secretary of Telecommunications, Mr. Guillermo Moreno, the state secretary of Tourism, Mr. Enrique Meyer, the chairman of CNC, Ceferino Namuncurá, the President of Fecosur, Mr. Antonio Roncoroni, and the commercial counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Wang Chuanxin, were present.

"This new contract marks a further strengthening of ZTE´s market position in South America and we look forward to delivering this flagship network for Argentina," said Ms. Meng Jing, Chief representative of ZTE Argentina.

"Customers across South America and the world are seeing that ZTE has world class solutions across all of the mobile network systems and that we also have highly qualified people to back up and support our products. This commitment to products and people is helping operators throughout the world buy with confidence from ZTE."

ZTE has already deployed 20 million lines of CDMA equipment for more than 50 operators in over 40 countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Egypt, Indonesia, Algeria, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. ZTE´s CDMA450 equipment has been used around the world, in Russia, Norway, Venezuela and Brazil, among other countries.

Huawei Won The Bid In Thailand To Construct CAT’s Nationwide CDMA2000 3G Network

Huawei Won The Bid In Thailand To Construct CAT’s Nationwide CDMA2000 3G Network Thailand - 27th January, 2005 - The Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT), one of the two largest state-owned telecom carriers in Thailand, today officially announced that Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. has been awarded its nationwide CDMA2000 3G expansion network bid. The letter of intent (LOI) has been issued to Huawei Technologies in Thailand, and the contract, which is worth THB7.2 billion (approximately US$187 million), will be signed next month.

In the project, Huawei Technologies, China’s largest telecoms equipment supplier, will provide CDMA2000 1x & 1x EV-DO products and solutions in 51 of the 76 provinces in Thailand. Within the turn-key project, Huawei will also provide products in the areas of transmission, service & software and data communications. The project is Huawei’s another big breakthrough in the global 3G market, closely following its winning of UMTS 3G contract in the Netherlands and CDMA2000 contract in USA.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, chaired CAT’s electronic auction bidding, along with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Surapong Suebwonglee. The board members of CAT and representatives of the US, Swedish and Chinese embassies plus many international and local media witnessed the bidding process.

Currently, Huawei’s CDMA2000 products have been deployed in more than 50 countries by over 70 carriers, including developed markets of Portugal and the United States, and have been serving 17 million users across the globe. With its rapid growth in the CDMA field, Huawei Technologies has become one of the major CDMA suppliers in the world.

Press Contact:

Richard Lee Tel: +86-755-28787583 Fax: +86-755-28787125 E-mail: richardlee@huawei.com

Verizon Wireless Launches UTStarcom CDM8940 3G EV-DO Handset

Verizon Wireless Launches UTStarcom CDM8940 3G EV-DO Handset BEDMINSTER, NJ and HAUPPAUGE, NY — January 26, 2005 — Verizon Wireless, the first wireless carrier to deliver widely available 3G EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) wireless broadband network, is now also the first to offer the CDM8940 handset, the only EV-DO phone to feature a built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel camera/camcorder and memory expansion up to 512 MB with a mini-SD slot. The CDM8940 from UTStarcom Personal Communications (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.) a division of UTStarcom, Inc., allows Verizon Wireless customers to access V CAST – the nation’s first 3G wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers – to view crystal clear video on demand and graphics for 3D games.

In addition to the built-in1.3 mega pixel camera that doubles as a video camcorder and features a macro function and built in flash, the first-in-class CDM8940 features a large 2-inch, 262K color main screen, perfect for viewing video clips on V CAST – customers can select from 300 daily updated video clips from leading content providers. With an easily accessible mini-SD slot, customers can add up to 512 MB of memory to their CDM8940 so they can store their video clips and photos and take them wherever they go.

“With V CAST and the CDM8940, Verizon Wireless' subscribers can enjoy an unmatched wireless multimedia experience in a compact and reliable wireless phone,” said Philip Christopher, president, UTStarcom Personal Communications Division. The dual band handset (800/1900 MHz CDMA) is equipped with the MSM6500 chipset with GPSOne™ capability (E911 Phase2 Supported). It also offers two-way MMS/SMS, a built-in speakerphone, voice-activated dialing and vibrating alert. All these capabilities are combined in a compact, stylish design with dimensions of 3.4” (h) x 1.8” (w) and 1.0” (d) and weighing only 3.9 ounces. The CDM8940 comes with a standard rechargeable LiIon battery for up to 220 minutes of talk time or up to 190 hours of standby time.

The UTStarcom CDM8940 is available for $229.99 after a $70 rebate with a two-year customer agreement. Verizon Wireless products and services are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and at Circuit City stores nationwide, at and participating RadioShack locations and on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com 908-306-4834

Alysia Pappas Lew G.S. Schwartz & Co. Inc. for UTStarcom Personal Communications Division alew@schwartz.com 212-725-4500 Ext. 329

Windows Media Chosen By Verizon Wireless To Power V CAST, Nation’s First 3G Wireless Broadband Multimedia Service

Windows Media Chosen By Verizon Wireless To Power V CAST, Nation’s First 3G Wireless Broadband Multimedia Service REDMOND, WA and BEDMINSTER, NJ — January 26, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. and Verizon Wireless today announced that Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless provider, has chosen the Microsoft® Windows Media® Format to power V CAST, the nation’s first 3G consumer wireless broadband multimedia service, delivered over Verizon Wireless’ high-speed 3G EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) network. Starting Feb. 1, Verizon Wireless V CAST customers can stream and play back exciting audio and video clips using Windows Media, the highest-quality digital media format available for streaming and download-and-play applications. Using technology from Microsoft, PacketVideo and thePlatform for Media Inc., V CAST customers can enjoy the first-of-its-kind wireless broadband entertainment experience in the nation.

“During customer sneak previews of V CAST in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, Verizon Wireless customers were very impressed with the high quality, clarity and consistency of the video clips they viewed with Windows Media,” said John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. “The compression and quality benefits of Windows Media combined with the reach and capability of our 3G EV-DO network are allowing us to deliver the premier wireless multimedia entertainment service available today.”

“We are excited that Verizon Wireless chose Windows Media to power V CAST, which sets the standard for wireless multimedia services in the United States,” said Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of the Windows® Digital Media Division at Microsoft. “Video clips on V CAST are consistently streamed at 15 frames per second, capturing the graceful pass of a tiny football among a myriad of players, or a weatherman showing storm cloud movements on a geographical map. The advent of this dynamic service highlights Microsoft’s leadership and commitment in providing its partners with the best technologies for audio and video playback over wireless networks.”

V CAST wireless multimedia content will be available to Verizon Wireless customers in the Get It Now® virtual store for $15 monthly access, in addition to their regular Verizon Wireless calling plan.

“Microsoft worked closely with experienced partners, including thePlatform and PacketVideo, to deliver a complete end-to-end solution from the handset player to the infrastructure,” said Neil Sharma, business development manager in the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft.

On Feb. 1, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to access V CAST on three new phones: the LG VX8000 from LG Mobile Phones, the SCH-a890 from Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and the CDM-8940 from UTStarcom Personal Communications. The phones come preloaded with PacketVideo’s media player and content catalog for consistent user experience and ease of navigation. The PacketVideo player, built with integrated Windows Media playback, features an easy-to-use interface that allows users to rewind or fast-forward streams, download clips for local playback, and effortlessly navigate between video segments.

By capitalizing on the comprehensive functionality of thePlatform media publishing system, Verizon Wireless can easily aggregate video for delivery over the V CAST service. thePlatform media publishing system also will enable V CAST subscribers to set preferences for their favorite content, receive SMS alerts as new content becomes available, and view new video clips within their favorite genres. thePlatform also enables V CAST users to receive a summary of their video purchases through their monthly statement.

Media Contact Info:

Jeffrey Nelson Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com 908-306-4824

Ken Birge Weber Shandwick kbirge@webershandwick.com 425-452-5400

Wayne Hickey Weber Shandwick whickey@webershandwick.com 425-452-5400

SK Telecom And Earthlink Announce Joint Venture To Form National Wireless Provider

SK Telecom And Earthlink Announce Joint Venture To Form National Wireless Provider ATLANTA and SEOUL, January 26, 2005 — EarthLink, Inc., the nation's next generation Internet service provider, and SK Telecom, Korea's leading mobile communications company, today announced a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to market wireless voice and data services in the U.S.

The new entity, to be called SK-EarthLink (www.SK-EarthLink.com) and capitalized with $440 million of partner investments over the next three years, will be a non-facilities-based nationwide mobile virtual network operator ("MVNO"). SK-EarthLink will combine the competitive advantages of its parent companies to deliver, for the first time, an innovative suite of wireless services and applications that meet the information, entertainment and communications needs of U.S. consumers.

The joint venture marks SK Telecom's first ever strategic partnership to enter the U.S. market to grow its worldwide subscriber base. SK Telecom is one of the world's most advanced wireless carriers, with more than 18 million customers and over 50 percent of the mobile services market in South Korea. The Seoul-based company offers state of the art wireless voice and data offerings including interactive gaming, video streaming and location-based services.

EarthLink has more than five million subscribers and has been a leader in delivering award-winning Internet services for 10 years. Most notably, EarthLink is the first major ISP to offer a permission-based spam fighting feature and other innovative tools that block pop-up ads, spyware and phisher sites. EarthLink was also the first major ISP to become an MVNO, beginning with a wireless data service in 2000, and then launching a wireless data/voice solution in 2004.

"This partnership reflects 30 years of combined experience that EarthLink and SK Telecom have gained anticipating and delivering innovative Internet applications and wireless services," said Garry Betty, EarthLink president and chief executive officer. "SK-EarthLink has the potential to reshape the mobile communications market by meeting the growing demand of U.S. consumers who are currently underserved by existing voice-oriented wireless operators."

"SK Telecom is committed to shaping the information and telecommunications world of the 21st century. This joint venture is a continuation of SK Telecom's commitment to provide the most innovative world-class mobile communications technology," said Shin Bae Kim, president and chief executive officer of SK Telecom.

"The wireless and Internet worlds are colliding, and neither will be the same again," said EarthLink founder and director Sky Dayton who will serve as chief executive officer of the SK-EarthLink joint venture. "In South Korea, kids on the street are using their mobile phones to listen to music, watch TV, video conference, locate their friends and access the Internet - as well as make voice calls – as opposed to the U.S. where the mobile experience is primarily about talking on the phone. Americans are living in the past. Utilizing emerging 3G networks and harnessing the explosive growth of Wi-Fi, SK-EarthLink will take the wireless experience in the U.S. to a new level."

By combining resources and personnel, SK-EarthLink is well-positioned to compete in the rapidly growing wireless voice and data market.

EarthLink has a leading U.S. Internet brand, a subscriber base that fits the target customer group, established sales channels with a presence in over 18,000 retail stores, existing MVNO partnerships with major wireless operators, Wi-Fi experience, network data centers and billing capabilities. SK Telecom brings the world's foremost expertise in developing and implementing 3G technology and other cutting edge applications, distributing handsets currently unavailable in the U.S., marketing wireless applications and services, and world-class research and development facilities.

Under the terms of the agreement, EarthLink and SK Telecom will each have a 50 percent ownership stake in SK-EarthLink. EarthLink and SK Telecom will each appoint three members to the six member board of directors.

Subject to customary conditions, the closing under the definitive agreement is expected in March 2005. In the coming months, SK-EarthLink will announce details concerning its 2005 timetable for product launches.

The current business plan for SK-EarthLink provides that the initial joint venture capitalization will satisfy future funding requirements until the joint venture is generating sufficient free cash flow to fund continuing operations. The business plan also contemplates that the joint venture could generate approximately 3.0 million net subscribers and revenues of approximately $2.0 billion by 2009. This business plan reflects EarthLink's and SK Telecom's recognition of the opportunities presented by the SK-EarthLink joint venture. However, the business plan is not intended by EarthLink as a projection of future results. Please refer to the form 8-K EarthLink will be filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information regarding EarthLink's investment in SK-EarthLink.

Twentieth Television And Verizon Wireless Enter An Agreement On Direct-To-Mobile Series For New V CAST Service

Twentieth Television And Verizon Wireless Enter An Agreement On Direct-To-Mobile Series For New V CAST Service LOS ANGELES, CA, BEDMINSTER, NJ and LAS VEGAS, NV — January 24, 2005 — Twentieth Television, a leading television program production and distribution company, and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, have entered into an agreement to bring two direct-to-mobile series to customers. The announcement was jointly made today by Bob Cook, president and COO of Twentieth Television; Lucy Hood, senior vice president, content & marketing, of News Corporation; and John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless.

Under terms of the agreement, Twentieth Television will produce one-minute original “mobisodes” of the serial dramas “Love and Hate” and “The Sunset Hotel” (26 mobisodes of each series, for a total of 52) designed specifically for V CAST, the new 3G multimedia wireless service from Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone’s 3G Live!; Verizon Wireless and Vodafone will distribute the serialized, live-action series to V CAST and Live! customers. Twentieth Television is also producing a dedicated promotional spot for each series, as well as an additional mobisode regarding the making of “The Sunset Hotel.”

Twentieth Television’s Cook noted, “In today’s multiplatform environment, it is important to identify new and creative ways to supply the ever-growing list of avenues through which content can, and will be, delivered. We feel that the production of these serialized soap operas is a unique way to further bolster Verizon Wireless’ and Vodafone’s strong product offerings to global markets while creating a value proposition and additional revenue streams for all parties involved.”

Verizon Wireless’ Stratton added, “Mobile video is an exciting new medium that brings new opportunity and growth to programming companies – our relationship with Twentieth Television leverages the broad distribution channels that Verizon Wireless and Vodafone jointly bring to the table. Twentieth Television is blazing a new trail in the U.S. with its offering of mobile programs for their customers via our V CAST 3G multimedia service.”

Hood commented, “We are proud to be working with Verizon Wireless and Vodafone on this dynamic new program format for mobile. News Corp. is extremely excited about the wireless space and is already working on a mobisode series inspired by the hit Fox show ‘24.’ ‘Love and Hate’ and ‘The Sunset Hotel’ are further testament to our company’s commitment to unite innovative Hollywood creativity with breakthrough technology and we couldn’t be happier that they will premiere on Verizon Wireless’ new V CAST phones.”

“Love and Hate” introduces Twentieth Television’s groundbreaking production approach it calls “manipulated reality,” in which cast members work without a script and involve everyday citizens into their improvised performances and the series’ storyline. “The Sunset Hotel” will be entirely scripted.

“By giving ‘Love and Hate’s’ cast the freedom to work without a script and allow them to creatively weave interactions with non-actors into their craft, we add another level of intrigue and depth into this project. This is a low cost, yet distinctive production technique that we will continue to explore,” Cook explained. “‘The Sunset Hotel’ features a captivating script and performances replete with enthralling melodrama that will engage consumers.”

Media Contact Info:

Jeffrey Nelson Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com 908-306-4824

Les Eisner For Twentieth Television 310/369-3293 (office) 310/779-5605 (mobile)

Teri Everett For News Corp. 310/369-2929

KDDI Announces Furukawa Electric Shipments Of The FITELnet-F120 Broadband Router With Full CDMA 1X WIN Support

KDDI Announces Furukawa Electric Shipments Of The FITELnet-F120 Broadband Router With Full CDMA 1X WIN Support January 24, 2005 -- KDDI is pleased to announce that Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. began shipping the "FITELnet-F120" Broadband Router at the end of January. These routers support CDMA 1X WIN, the high-speed data communications service provided by KDDI's au mobile telephones. The FITELnet-F120 carries the well-received VPN (Ipsec [1]) and Backup features popular in the FITELnet-F Series. By installing a "W01K" CDMA 1X WIN card, the new router can provide WAN service with up to 2.4 Mbps high-speed communications using the CDMA 1X WIN network.

In partnership with Furukawa Electric, KDDI is selling "FITELnet-F120", mainly for corporate use in WAN Backup services such as "KDDI IP-VPN Service" and "KDDI Internet VPN Service". KDDI will be providing nation-wide, uniform installation pricing, a unified maintenance line, and nation-wide on-site maintenance services (weekday 9am-5pm and 24h x 365 day services).

Corporate networks are rapidly moving to broadband, and to improve the reliability of these networks, the number of companies preparing backup connections for their WAN Services is increasing dramatically. Untill now, many companies have operated their networks using a FTTH or ADSL line as their main broadband connection, and for a backup connection they have chosen an ISDN line because it is used infrequently. However, because ISDN is narrow-band, users are often forced to limit their applications when using the backup line. This has led to a demand for broadband WAN services suitable for use with the frequency of a backup line.

Demand has also been increasing for temporary office network connections (e.g. for use at non-permanent events like trade shows, etc.) where wired connection contracts are difficult to arrange. "FITELnet-F120" has been developed to meet just these needs.

KDDI is the only company supplying both fixed-rate and mobile communications services and is proactively developing FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence) products to differentiate itself from competing companies.

Ford Selects Sprint To Replace Desk Phones With Mobile Devices And Mobilize Workforce

Ford Selects Sprint To Replace Desk Phones With Mobile Devices And Mobilize Workforce OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — 01/24/2005 — Acting on its history of mobility innovation, Ford Motor Company today took steps to greatly increase the flexibility, mobility and productivity for key elements of its workforce. A new agreement with Sprint will free more than 8,000 Ford employees of their office phones, replacing them with wireless devices that will deliver virtually instantaneous wireless communications using the "walkie talkie"-style Sprint PCS Ready Link service.

Ford's product development unit will be among the first to transition to the new wireless services. By shedding their desk phones, Ford employees can be more creative, interactive and effective by becoming more mobile.

"Ford is once again breaking new ground in enabling total mobility for critical members of its workforce," said Howard Janzen, president – Sprint Business Solutions. "These wirelessly empowered employees will be able to spend more productive time with the right people and in the right places, rather than behind a desk. We are bringing new speed, spontaneity and interaction to the Ford workplace wherever it may be and eliminating tethers to the traditional office phone."

Sprint PCS Ready Link is a nationwide wireless service that gives customers a fast, convenient way to communicate one-on-one or to groups of people at the push of a button. Ideal for short 'get in, get out' conversations, Sprint PCS Ready Link is an efficient and cost-effective way for Ford employees to communicate on site and from anywhere on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. Administratively, Ford can now easily manage a company directory, update account information and group lists, and push changes to the phones of employees via a web-based administration portal.

Media Contact:

Jeff Shafer, 913-794-3614 jeff.s.shafer@mail.sprint.com

Verizon Wireless And Samsung Announce VCAST-Enabled SCH-a890 Wireless Phone

Verizon Wireless And Samsung Announce VCAST-Enabled SCH-a890 Wireless Phone BEDMINSTER, NJ and DALLAS, TX — January 20, 2005 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, today announced the February 1 availability of the SCH-a890, the first wireless handset from Samsung for Verizon Wireless’ VCAST service – the nation’s first 3G wireless multimedia service. The innovative a890 will allow consumers to access a variety of VCAST applications, including Video on Demand (VOD), designed to inform and entertain wireless customers.

Pioneers in wireless technology, Samsung and Verizon Wireless are bringing cutting-edge features to consumers with their latest offering. VOD capabilities provide customers with access to VCAST’s hot new line of programming – more than 300 daily updated video clips from leading content providers. The a890’s stunning 260,000-color capable main display provides an ideal venue for viewing videos.

An integrated rotating 1.3-mega pixel digital camera allows customers to take high-quality images and send them via Verizon Wireless’ Picture Messaging or to anyone with email. Photo settings such as zoom, color tone, self-timer and a high lux flash turn snapping pictures into an art. Pictures taken with the a890 take on a life of their own when text or voice memos are added via the handset’s multimedia messaging options.

“Samsung has once again raised the bar for converged multimedia devices through the a890,” said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president, Samsung. “This phone helps Verizon Wireless customers optimize their wireless experience with Verizon Wireless’ VCAST 3G multimedia service.”

The Samsung a890 gives customers access to Verizon Wireless’ flagship VCAST 3G multimedia service – VCAST customers get unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 daily updated video clips from leading content providers for $15.00 monthly access in addition to their regular Verizon Wireless calling plan. Verizon Wireless VCAST customers also receive unlimited browsing of Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Web 2.0 news and information service. In addition, customers can choose from premium content, available for an additional cost, that includes 3-D games, music videos and other premium video clips.

VCAST’s array of hot new multimedia programming is located in the Get It Now virtual store – customers can access video clips from favorite news, sports and entertainment providers in the getFLIX shopping aisle and check out new cutting-edge 3-D games in the getGAMES aisle. VCAST also gives customers unlimited access to browse and view applications in the other familiar Get It Now shopping aisles – such as getTONES and getGOING.

High-speed data, VOD and the integrated 1.3-mega pixel camera, combined with features including 64-tone polyphonic ringers, a bilingual user interface, picture caller ID and a personal organizer make Samsung’s a890 an ideal handset for many VCAST customers. The Samsung a890 is available to Verizon Wireless customers for $249.99 after $70 rebate with a two-year customer agreement.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com 908-306-4834

Stephanie Stewart Publicis Dialog for Samsung stephanie.stewart@publicis-usa.com 972-628-7787

QUALCOMM Announces Sampling Of The CSM6800 Digital Cell Site Modem For CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A Infrastructure Equipment

QUALCOMM Announces Sampling Of The CSM6800 Digital Cell Site Modem For CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A Infrastructure Equipment SAN DIEGO — JANUARY 18, 2005 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the sampling of the Cell Site Modem™ (CSM™) CSM6800™ for CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Revision A infrastructure equipment, providing a seamless migration path to the next evolution of CDMA2000. Revision A enables rich wireless multimedia services such as high-speed transfer of bandwidth-intensive files (including high-quality pictures, video and music), interactive 3D gaming as well as multicasting services powered by QUALCOMM’s FLO™ (Forward Link Only) technology.

“As the first company to provide CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A end-to-end system solutions, QUALCOMM continues to demonstrate our commitment to enabling the next generation of wireless multimedia and business applications,” said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. “Our CSM6800 digital cell site modem and our EV-DO Revision A chipset solutions provide the foundation that enables operators to grow their businesses by delivering even more cost-effective and compelling service offerings to consumers and businesses alike.”

The CSM6800 solution supports peak data rates of 3.1 Mbps on the forward link and 1.8 Mbps on the reverse link, 192 forward-link and reverse-link channels and four-way receive diversity, delivering eight times the user capacity compared to the current CSM5500™ solution for EV-DO Revision 0. Optimized for packet data service, Revision A provides one of the lowest costs per bit when compared with other wireless wide area network (WAN) technologies. The CSM6800 device also includes support for low-latency applications, including a variety of IP-based services such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and real-time conversational services such as push to talk, video telephony and instant multimedia — an extension of push to talk that combines immediate voice with simultaneous delivery of video and pictures.

QUALCOMM Contacts:

Jennifer Bernas, QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies Phone : 1-858-845-7571Email: qct_publicrelations@qualcomm.com orEmily Gin, Corporate Public RelationsPhone: 1-858-651-4084 Email: publicrelations@qualcomm.comorBill Davidson, Investor RelationsPhone: 1-858-658-4813 Email: ir@qualcomm.com

Kyocera Wireless Corp. Provides TELUS Mobility With Canada's First PCS Digital Push-To-Talk Wireless Handset

Kyocera Wireless Corp. Provides TELUS Mobility With Canada''s First PCS Digital Push-To-Talk Wireless Handset San Diego, CA and Scarborough, ON- (January 18, 2005) - Kyocera Wireless Corp., in conjunction with TELUS Mobility, unveiled Canada's first digital PCS, Push To Talk (PTT) wireless handset, the Kyocera KX440. With the push of a button, the phone becomes a walkie-talkie, allowing for instant communication between individuals.

"TELUS Mobility is Canada's Push To Talk leader and we're very pleased to provide the first handset to support their new Instant Talk service," said Jim Kelly, chief operating officer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Businesses have come to rely on PTT, and the KX440 has the right combination of features, style and price in a Push To Talk phone."

"With our Mike network for business and now Instant Talk on our PCS network, TELUS Mobility is Canada's leading national Push To Talk service provider, and we are pleased to be launching our new service with the Kyocera KX440," said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS Mobility's vice president, products and services.

The KX440 is based on Kyocera's popular Phantom design and features single-button PTT functionality, a dedicated speakerphone and a volume-control button. The phone's colour display with on-screen contact cartoon icons lets users know when other users are available to talk.

The KX440 is ideal for heavy use, as each handset comes equipped with a high-capacity, rechargeable lithium ion battery that will ensure talk time of up to 200 minutes and standby time of four days in CDMA digital mode.

In addition to its instant communication functionality, the KX440 comes with rubberized side grips and keypad, and a variety of productivity tools including up to 25 ringer types, vibrating alert, voice-activated dialing, alarm clock, stopwatch and tip calculator. Downloadable ringtones, Web access and predictive text entry round out the KX440's long list of features.

Available across Canada, the KX440 is priced at $79.99 on a three-year contract or $229.99 for clients without contracts.

Contacts

Fleishman-Hillard Canada for Kyocera Wireless in Canada Sarah Coombs phone: 1-(416) 645-3647 e-mail: coombss@fleishman.com

TELUS Mobility Julia Quinton phone: 1-(416) 684-4050 e-mail: julia.quinton@telus.com

TELUS Mobility Introduces Push To Talk Service On Its National PCS Network

TELUS Mobility Introduces Push To Talk Service On Its National PCS Network Scarborough, Ontario, January 17, 2005 - TELUS Mobility today announced Instant Talk, a new Push To Talk (PTT) service operating on the company's national PCS digital wireless network. Like TELUS Mobility's Mike network, Instant Talk allows clients to use their wireless phones to communicate with contacts across Canada at the push of a button, just like a walkie talkie.

TELUS Mobility also today announced the coming extension of Mike phone and PTT coverage from Canada and the United States into Mexico and South America later this quarter.

"Instant Talk and our Mike coverage expansion confirm TELUS Mobility's position as Canada's PTT leader," said George Cope, president and CEO. "In the last decade, the powerful PTT capabilities of our Mike's Direct Connect service have made it the wireless tool of choice for Canadian business. Instant Talk now allows PCS clients entry into the world of instant Push To Talk communications."

National digital PTT service makes a mobile phone work like a walkie talkie. By pressing a single button, clients can communicate immediately with one or many contacts at once, saving time and money compared to regular wireless phone calls.

Instant Talk

Instant Talk, the newest PTT service from TELUS Mobility, lets clients Push To Talk throughout TELUS Mobility's 1X PCS coverage area across Canada.

"Instant Talk has many of the capabilities of our more powerful Mike service, including instant contact and affordable rates. While Instant Talk is a lighter version of Mike's Direct Connect, it allows clients to communicate faster than with any standard wireless phone in Canada," said Cope.

Instant Talk service will be available with two new PTT-capable phones, the Kyocera KX440 and the Motorola V65p - both featuring a dedicated button on the side of the phone that allows clients to simply Push To Talk. Unlimited Instant Talk service is available as an add-on to most TELUS Mobility PCS rate plans. Clients with monthly rate plans over $40 can add Instant Talk for $10 while those with plans $40 and under can add Instant Talk for $20.

The Kyocera KX440 is a colour screen phone with integrated speakerphone, voice activated dialing and 2-way text messaging capability. It costs $79.99 on a three-year contract, or $229.99 for clients without contracts. The Motorola V65p, available later in Q1, is a compact metallic flip phone with a large colour screen, integrated speakerphone, voice activated dialing, dual LCD displays and 2-way text messaging. Pricing will be announced when the Motorola V65 phone is available.

For more information:

Media relationsMark Langton(416) 684-3454mark.langton@telus.com

Investor relationsRobert Mitchell(416) 279-3219robert.mitchell2@telus.com

LGE Chooses Bitfone As Global Partner For Over-The-Air Software Update To Mobile Phones

LGE Chooses Bitfone As Global Partner For Over-The-Air Software Update To Mobile Phones Laguna Niguel, Calif., January 17, 2005 - Bitfone Corporation (www.bitfone.com), the company that pioneered firmware over-the-air (FOTA) update technology for mobile phones, today announced that it has been selected by LG Electronics as their global FOTA provider. Bitfone’s mProve will enable LGE to update the firmware and software on mobile devices over the air, using a standards-based client embedded on all LGE handsets.

LGE launched mProve-enabled handsets on the Sprint PCS network in 2004, and plans to launch models in Europe on the Orange network in the first half of 2005. Additional global rollouts will occur based on operator requirements and timelines.

"After successfully launching FOTA-enabled CDMA handsets in North America using Bitfone’s mProve, it was clear that Bitfone would provide the best technology and excellent support for our global deployments,” said Ki-Chul Han, vice president of Mobile Handset Research & Development center at LGE. Bitfone has taken a leading role in promoting industry standards for FOTA and device management, and their solution is regarded highly by mobile operators for its ease of use and multi-vendor interoperability.

Bitfone won the LGE global contract by providing excellent product performance, outstanding engineering support, strong operator endorsement, and demonstrated conformance to industry standards. Bitfone’s download client supports existing and emerging standards from the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

“It is a great honor to be selected as the global FOTA provider for LGE, one of the leading mobile phone makers in the world,” said Gene Wang, chairman and CEO, Bitfone. "By providing technology that ensures high quality and ease of maintenance for mobile subscribers, Bitfone’s mProve will support LGE’s world-class brand.”

Cricket Offers Kyocera Koi, The Nation's First Megapixel Camera Phone To Be Offered With Flat-Rate Wireless Service

Cricket Offers Kyocera Koi, The Nation''s First Megapixel Camera Phone To Be Offered With Flat-Rate Wireless Service San Diego - (January 14, 2005) - Cricket® Communications, Inc., a leading provider of unlimited local and domestic long distance wireless services, and Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced the immediate availability of the nation's first megapixel camera phone at a flat-rate service provider, the Kyocera Koi™. The fashionable, easy-to-use Koi marks Kyocera's entry into the megapixel camera phone market and Cricket's first megapixel camera phone offering.

Along with its unique "swiveling" design and large external display, Kyocera Koi features a 1.2 megapixel digital camera with built-in flash and 5x digital zoom, MPEG-4 video record and playback, and 16 megabytes (MB) of onboard memory. Koi provides a camera phone solution to consumers with sharp, clear resolution for saving, printing and framing photos as large as 4" x 6." The handset also features a sliding protective lens cover so the lens won't get scratched in purses or pockets. Koi's unique swivel-to-open design adds additional style appeal for the user who wants a cutting-edge look.

The Kyocera Koi is available to Cricket® customers for $299.99. MMS/picture messaging will be available early this year.

"As with our popular Slider™ Series, the Kyocera Koi is another great example of our ability to combine intriguing new designs with superior technology and features in a phone that make sense and are easy to use," said Jim Kelly, chief operating officer, Kyocera Wireless Corp. "The 1.2 megapixel camera on Koi produces images that turn the cameraphone into a true next-generation multimedia device without compromising the original intended use of the handset - as a wireless phone."

"The Kyocera Koi offers cutting-edge technology so our customers have access to the latest and hippest handsets," said Nitu Arora, vice president, product development for Cricket. "Megapixel camera phones continue to grow in popularity and our unlimited, contract-free, flat-rate pricing makes it a perfect choice for value-conscious consumers."

The phone will also offer a wide array of ringtones and graphics through Cricket Clicks™, including: RealTone Jukebox™, allowing subscribers to download real song clips as their ringtone; FlixTones™, downloadable movie clips as a ringtone; Soda Pop Mail™, receive and send email from your phone; Wallpaper Universe™, cool, customizable wallpapers; and two popular games Air Raid™ and Tetris®. More information on Cricket Clicks™ is available at www.mycricket.com/clicks/.

The easy-to-use Kyocera Koi can be used in open or closed mode; opening the cover automatically launches Koi into "camera" mode even when the phone is closed, making it simple to catch life's spontaneous moments. The large 262,000-color display is always visible to the user, and both the phone and digital camera can function when the phone is "closed" by using the jog dial and shutter button on the side of the phone. Expanding on Kyocera's renowned user interface, the phone features an extremely intuitive and user-friendly "pinwheel" menu option to quickly scroll through its many features. Large, easy-to-press keys are also ideal for quick and accurate number input and text messaging.

Contacts

LPI Communications for Kyocera Wireless Leasa Ireland/Melody Brue phone: 1-(310) 796-1936 e-mail: leasa@lpicommunications.com

Cricket Communications, Inc. Kristin Parsley Atkins phone: 1-(858) 882-9105 e-mail: katkins@cricketcommunications.com

Sierra Wireless Expands Its CDMA 1xEV-DO Product Line With New EM5625 Embedded Module

Sierra Wireless Expands Its CDMA 1xEV-DO Product Line With New EM5625 Embedded Module VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Jan. 13, 2005) - Sierra Wireless, Inc.

New design wins: @Road and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company choose the new Sierra Wireless EM5625 to incorporate 1xEV-DO wireless connectivity into upcoming products

Sierra Wireless today announced the launch of the Sierra Wireless EM5625, an embedded module for CDMA 1xEV-DO networks. The new module will be the first Sierra Wireless product to incorporate QUALCOMM's (NASDAQ: QCOM) MSM6500(TM) Mobile Station Modem(TM) chipset, providing a high-speed, high capacity wireless data solution supporting the CDMA 1X and CDMA 1xEV-DO standards. The EM5625 is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2005, and has been selected by Panasonic(R) and @Road for integration into products scheduled for availability in the same quarter.

The dual-band Sierra Wireless EM5625 embedded module provides a powerful, reliable, wireless engine that can be easily integrated into a wide variety of mobile devices and offers "always-on" voice, data, and messaging functionality at typical data speeds of 300-500 kbps, with bursts up to 2.4 Mbps. Additional features of the EM5625 module include enhanced power management to optimize battery life, as well as gpsOne(TM) capability, which complies with E911 requirements for emergency location. Sierra Wireless also offers a comprehensive suite of integration services for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including a Universal Development Kit to simplify the integration process and accelerate time-to-market.

"The ability to take advantage of higher wireless data transmission speeds brings original equipment manufacturers new opportunities to maximize the value wireless connections can add to their products," said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. "With the EM5625 module and the integration and certification support Sierra Wireless offers, our OEM customers can concentrate on leveraging the advantages faster wireless connectivity offers and on getting their products to market as quickly as possible."

Sierra Wireless also announced today two design wins for the new EM5625 embedded module. The EM5625 module has been chosen by @Road for its line of in-vehicle devices, the @Road iLM(R) Internet Location Manager for mobile resource management and by Panasonic Computer Solutions Company for incorporation into its Toughbook line of rugged notebook computers.

The @Road iLM enables companies to manage mobile resources more effectively. All @Road iLM units feature:

- Patented technology to collect and process location-based information

- Automatic data transmission with no required user intervention

- Higher data speeds for enhanced applications

- Ruggedized construction built to withstand harsh commercial environments

"Sierra Wireless has established itself as a leader in the production of both embedded modules and EV-DO devices," said Mike Walker, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for @Road. "In looking for a solution to meet our customer demand for faster data speed and increased functionality from our service, the experience of Sierra Wireless makes the new EM5625 a logical choice."

Panasonic offers eight different Toughbook models covering all portable computer form factors, including the award winning flagship wireless Toughbook 29 ruggedized notebook that can be dropped from a distance of three feet, and the new slim and light wirelessly enabled Toughbook W2 and Y2 boasting five hours of battery life in an under three- and four-pound package.

"Our customers are demanding more of their mobile experience than ever before, and are increasingly required to support bandwidth-heavy applications while on the road," said Kevin Martin, Wireless Business Development Manager for Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "By incorporating the Sierra Wireless EM5625 into our Toughbook line of rugged notebook computers, we are confident that we can meet our customers' expectations for both faster data speeds and a high-quality, reliable wireless connection when they need it."

For more information about the Sierra Wireless EM5625 embedded module please visit www.sierrawireless.com/EM5625, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing sales@sierrawireless.com.

For Further Information Contact:

Sharlene MyersSierra WirelessPhone: (604) 232-1445Email: smyers@sierrawireless.comWebsite: http://www.sierrawireless.com

Kathy Stahlman@Road, Inc.Phone: (415) 333-9991Email: kstahlman@road-inc.comWebsite: http://www.road.com

Jeffrey AyersPanasonic Computer Solutions CompanyPhone: (516) 609-9500Email: jayers@p2c2.comWebsite: www.panasonic.com/toughbook

GO CDMA Launched

GO CDMA Launched KARACHI 12 January, 2005: Telecard Limited the first operator in the private sector to offer an Integrated telecommunication solutions in the country has launched wireless local loop (WLL) service under the brand name of GO CDMA at a ceremony today. Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Chief Guest on the occasion made the first call to inaugurate the service. Also present on the occasion were Major General (Retd.) Shezada Alam, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA); Sultan-ul-Arfeen, Chairman Telecard; Fazal Hussain, CEO Telecard; Shahid Firoz, Member Board of Directors Telecard; Javaid Firoz, Member Board of Directors Telecard.

The Federal Minister and Chairman PTA also inaugurated the new state of the art customer sales center of GO CDMA.

The launch of the GO CDMA WLL service would revolutionize the way people communicate as the quality of connectivity is better than normal landline, and the cost is the same. GO CDMA offers schemes to suit every pocket, be it a corporate executive or the common man needing to be in touch with his or her family, friends or office. Features like high speed internet, SMS, Voice mail, caller id, are part of the service offering. The WLL facility would connect subscribers to the world in a seamless way.

Speaking on the occasion Sultan-ul-Arfeen Chairman Telecard said, “TeleCard is delighted that the Wireless Local Loop service and concept it presented (Pioneered) in 2002 has become the turning point in the telecom sector in Pakistan. TeleCard believes in bringing affordable telecom services to the common man in the country and our tariff of 40 paisas per minute demonstrates our sincere contribution towards realization of the plans of the government. in this direction.”

Highlighting the features and service of GO CDMA Telecard’s CEO Fazal Hussain stated, “It’s a moment of pride and satisfaction as we take the lead in offering the WLL services to the people of Pakistan. The service is the most reliable and affordable offering a host of value added services at virtually no cost to subscribers. Now for the first time in Pakistan there is truly a phone for everyone, available at an unbeatable price value.

The changing paradigm in the telecom sector would not only connect people but also improve the quality of life, develop intellectual capital, enhance productivity, create new businesses, build partnerships, and, launch Pakistan into the information age.”

GO CDMA wireless local loop (WLL) phone service that is easy to obtain as well as simple to use and also offers a range of value added services at no extra cost to the customers.

Verizon Wireless And Novatel Wireless Announce Availability Of Next Generation Broadband Wireless PC Card For Verizon Wireless' 3G EV-DO Network

Verizon Wireless And Novatel Wireless Announce Availability Of Next Generation Broadband Wireless PC Card For Verizon Wireless'' 3G EV-DO Network SAN DIEGO, CA & BEDMINSTER, NJ — January 12, 2005 — Novatel Wireless, Inc., a leading provider of wireless broadband access solutions, and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leader in next-generation technology deployment, today announced the availability of the V620TM Wireless PC Card for use on Verizon Wireless' high-speed 3G Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network. With the V620 PC Card, Verizon Wireless customers can access BroadbandAccess, Verizon Wireless' premiere data service for business customers, powered by EV-DO technology - the fastest commercially available wide-area wireless network in the nation today. BroadbandAccess from Verizon Wireless is currently available in 32 major metropolitan markets across the United States, and the company plans to expand the network throughout 2005.

The V620 uses dual band EV-DO and 1xRTT technologies to give business customers access to both BroadbandAccess and NationalAccess, based on 1xRTT techn ology, for truly national data coverage. Because EV-DO technology is backward compatible, it is a cost effective and efficient solution for enterprise customers, business customers and mobile professionals. The V620 is the first PC Card from Verizon Wireless to include a built-in dual band diversity antenna to enhance performance by maximizing data throughput.

Included with the V620 Wireless PC Card is Verizon Wireless' VZAccess Manager software. After installing VZAccess Manager, Verizon Wireless customers simply plug the V620 into their laptops to receive access to the fastest commercially available wide-area high-speed wireless data service in the nation. BroadbandAccess gives Verizon Wireless customers typical download speeds of 300 - 500 kbps and bursts up to 2.4 Mbps, providing them with a wireless data experience similar to using high-speed wired connections at the office. Business customers are provided with a "wired LAN experience" while they are in the field, an d are able to access data quickly and easily, increasing ove! rall pro ductivity by remaining connected to customers, partners and co-workers.

"The enhanced performance of the V620 provides an improved user experience and enables Verizon Wireless customers to have a competitive edge when it comes to wirelessly accessing data when they're in major cities or airports from coast to coast," said Cindy Patterson, vice president of enterprise data for Verizon Wireless. "With the fastest wide-area 3G network available, Verizon Wireless subscribers can not only access email and the Internet without the hassle of cables or finding a nearby hotspot, but they can also use the V620 to transfer files and access data saved on corporate networks."

"Novatel Wireless is pleased to be a key supplier of EV-DO PC Cards to Verizon Wireless," said Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "This relationship enhances Novatel Wireless' North American market leadership by providing our next generation PC Card modem technology to mobile workers and consumers through market leaders like Verizon Wireless."

Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service is $79.99 for monthly access for unlimited use. The V620 is $99.99 after $100.00 mail in rebate and 2-year customer agreement and is available beginning January 17, 2005 through Verizon Wireless' Business sales channels. The companies expect to offer the PC Card through Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on January 24, 2005.

For more information on Verizon Wireless data services, including BroadbandAccess, and the V620 PC Card by Novatel Wireless, business customers can contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.

Media Contact Info:

Jeffrey Nelson Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com 908-306-4824

Kim K. Haneke Novatel Wireless khaneke@novatelwireless.com 858-812-0621

VIVO Selects Motorola’s Push-To-Talk Over Cellular (PoC) Solution

VIVO Selects Motorola’s Push-To-Talk Over Cellular (PoC) Solution SĂO PAULO, Brazil – Jan. 12, 2005 - VIVO, the largest mobile telephone carrier in South America with more than 25 million subscribers in Brazil, has selected Motorola Inc.’s end-to-end Push-To-Talk over Cellular (PoC) solution. Motorola was selected from a field of competitors after a three-month trial.

Including this deal with VIVO, Motorola has won contracts to offer CDMA2000 1X PoC solutions and PoC solutions in other technologies with 23 customers operating in 27 countries and territories -13 of which are in Latin America and the Caribbean.

VIVO has offered PoC service, known as VIVO DIRETO, on its nationwide CDMA2000 1X network since Sept. 2004.

Push-To-Talk over Cellular, a simple, convenient way to stay in touch, is gaining in popularity with subscribers around the world. With PoC, people can talk to one another or make a group call with members of their “buddy list.” Instead of calling each recipient individually, a push of the key is all it takes to talk directly to an entire circle of friends, family or colleagues.

“We pride ourselves on offering the latest services and innovative applications for our customers, and believe VIVO DIRETO will significantly enhance our service offering to our customers in Brazil,” said Luis Avellar, VIVO’s vice president of marketing and innovation. “We have been impressed with the features of Motorola PoC solution and how easily it was integrated into our network for the trial.”

“As a global leader in Push-to-Talk over Cellular, Motorola has created an end-to-end solution that delivers best-in-class service, functionality and support,” said Jose Figueroa, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Networks Business for the Latin America and Caribbean region. “VIVO has endorsed our solution for these key attributes and its open-standards based technology, adding to its flexibility, scalability, and cost-efficiency now and in the future.”

Motorola is a committed player in the industry-led effort to define technical standard specifications for PoC. Interoperability is an enabler for broad-based acceptance of a new service like PoC. Subscribers want to roam on compatible networks without having to worry if they will work together. Motorola is continuing to work with other industry leaders and has announced participation in joint interoperability testing to promote a final PoC standard for submission to Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

Editor’s Notes

Push-to-Talk over Cellular Defined

Push-To-Talk over Cellular (PoC) is similar to a walkie-talkie experience. It is a means of quick one-to-one or group communication. Instead of dialing a number to start a conversation, with one push of a button you simply go to a “buddy list” and select the person or a group list you want to contact. Push the button again, talk, and your voice is heard by the recipient.

Motorola and Interoperability

Motorola has made its standards-based PoC client software, which supports multiple technologies, available for license to third party handset manufacturers and software developers. This new PoC Device Interoperability Program, announced in February 2004, extends Motorola’s commitment of making its interface specifications available to licensees, and will help speed the introduction of a wider choice of PoC handsets to market, benefiting both consumers and operators.

Media Contacts:

Luciana Vedovato Motorola Brazil Communication and Corporate Affairs +55-11-3030-5045 (office) +55-11-9643-0001 (mobile) luciana.vedovato@motorola.com www.motorola.com.br

Kathi Haas Motorola Networks Business +1-480-732-2835 kathi.haas@motorola.com

RP1 Comunicaçăo Carla Dieguez – carladieguez@rp1.com.br Juliana Ramiro – julianaramiro@rp1.com.br Adriane Ahlers – adrianeahlers@rp1.com.br (11) 5501.4655 Claudia Rondon/ Maysa S. Penna

Smartcom Takes 3G Wireless Services Nationwide In Chile with Nortel Technology

Smartcom Takes 3G Wireless Services Nationwide In Chile with Nortel Technology SANTIAGO, Chile – January 11, 2005 – Smartcom, a leading wireless operator in Chile and an affiliate of Spain’s Grupo Endesa, is expanding its third generation (3G) wireless network to boost capacity and meet growing nationwide demand for advanced data services using CDMA2000* 1X technology from Nortel. Smartcom has been operating a CDMA 1X network in Santiago based on Nortel solutions since 2002. With the expansion, Smartcom will be able to offer advanced mobile services like high-speed Internet access, e-mail with attached files, image and video downloading, and video streaming to subscribers throughout Chile.

“We are continuously working to bring our subscribers the best in high-speed mobile services,” said Jaime Gros, general manager, Smartcom. “Smartcom first launched 1xRTT in Santiago with Nortel technology back in 2002, and last year we launched 1xEV-DO broadband wireless services in the capital with Nortel technology. Our successful deployments with Nortel have kept us at the forefront of wireless services in Chile and our experience in broadband wireless network deployments has enabled us to provide current and potential customers with one of the most extensive arrays of broadband mobile services available today in Chile and in the world!” Nortel is installing both core and access equipment – including switching platforms, radio base stations and base station controllers – to upgrade Smartcom’s existing nationwide CDMA2000 network to a CDMA 1X infrastructure. The first phase of the project, focused on the south of Chile, has already been completed. Smartcom expects to start offering new services there immediately, in time for the influx of visitors during Chile’s summer months. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2005.

“As a leading provider of advanced wireless infrastructure in Latin America, Nortel is proud to have been chosen once more by Smartcom to help with their latest network evolution project,” said Chris Zanyk, country manager, Nortel Chile. “Deploying our CDMA 1X solutions nationwide will position Smartcom to drive new, revenue-generating applications, delivering added value to its customers.”

Nortel has been working with Smartcom since 2001, when the two companies began deployment of a CDMA 1X network in Santiago. They completed Latin America’s first commercial 3G wireless call in November of that year. With subsequent network expansions and deployment of Nortel CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology in Santiago, Smartcom now operates one of the fastest and most advanced wireless networks in the Southern Cone of Latin America.

“This project reaffirms our commitment to building secure and reliable communication networks that help enhance the human experience in the region and around the world,” said Kevin Taylor, vice president, Wireless Networks, Caribbean and Latin America, Nortel. “We enjoy working with innovative operators like Smartcom and will continue to provide our extensive expertise in broadband wireless technologies to help them reach their business objectives.”

Nortel has designed, deployed and launched more than 300 wireless networks in more than 50 countries around the world. Nortel was the first industry supplier to have wireless networks operating in all advanced radio technologies (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO, UMTS and WLAN), and is the only end-to-end supplier of all new generation wireless solutions.

Contact for Press and Analysts:

Ferngene KookNortel(954) 858-7101fkook@nortelnetworks.com

Centennial Communications Selects Nortel 3G Solution For Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Centennial Communications Selects Nortel 3G Solution For Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--Jan. 11, 2005-- Centennial Communications Corp., a leading wireless and broadband telecom service provider in the Caribbean, has chosen Nortel to replace and upgrade its existing wireless network in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with advanced third generation (3G) wireless technology.

This new 3G network -- based on CDMA2000 1X technology -- is expected to increase subscriber capacity and expand service coverage to help address growing subscriber demand for such wireless data services as mobile Web browsing, e-mail and high-speed download of videos and graphics.

"Centennial is committed to offering its wireless customers the best quality and most advanced service options," said Michael J. Small, chief executive officer, Centennial. "We are strengthening our network leadership by improving the reach, reliability, performance and capabilities of our wireless infrastructure, a key differentiator for our heavy usage wireless customers in this region."

"We are relying on Nortel's superior technology and extensive expertise in deploying CDMA networks to ensure we have an infrastructure that can meet the vast demand for wireless voice and data services in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today, while also giving us the capacity to continue to grow and expand our service offerings in the future," said Tom Cogar, chief technology officer, Centennial.

Nortel will deploy both core (switching) and access (radio base stations, base station controllers) network equipment for Centennial. The initial phase of the project is expected to be complete by July 2005.

"We're excited about working with Centennial to help them enhance the communications experience of their subscribers with new, sophisticated wireless services," said Kevin Taylor, vice president, Wireless Networks, Caribbean and Latin America, Nortel. "Centennial can count on our world-class technology and our 30-plus years of experience in deploying advanced, reliable networks in the Caribbean region to help them successfully complete this and future projects."

Centennial also selected Nortel in 2003 to deploy a CDMA 1X network in the Dominican Republic. "Centennial is a valued customer and we look forward to expanding this relationship, and to continuing to work with them to evolve their networks cost-effectively so they can provide advanced data services to their customers," said Richard Lowe, president, CDMA Wireless Networks, Nortel. "This contract also further enhances Nortel's leadership position in providing mobile solutions for emerging markets like the Caribbean and Latin America."

The new network being deployed by Centennial will be fully 1xEV-DO ready. 1xEV-DO is a broadband radio technology that can support transmission speeds higher than those currently available using ADSL and cable modems. EV-DO provides speeds bursting in excess of 2 megabits per second (Mbps). EV-DO users can expect more than 600 kilobits per second (Kbps) average throughput -- equivalent to and in some cases better than fixed broadband -- for high-speed broadband Internet, virtual office, real-time video, and other data and multimedia services.

Nortel is deploying 1xEV-DO with leading customers around the world, including Smartcom, Verizon Wireless, Telstra, Pelephone and Eurotel. Nortel CDMA equipment is designed to support 1xEV-DO through modular upgrades to existing hardware. This approach provides a cost-effective and rapid method for bringing to market advanced wireless services and associated revenues.

CONTACT:

Nortel Ferngene Kook, 954-858-7101 fkook@nortelnetworks.com

Jamie Moody, 972-684-7167 moodyjam@nortelnetworks.com

Centennial Communications Steve Kunszabo, 732-556-2220 skunszabo@centennialcorp.com

CDMA-Based Wireless Phone Ready For Launch

CDMA-Based Wireless Phone Ready For Launch KARACHI (January 07 2005): Pakistan's first private operator of wireless phones is now ready to offer the most advanced CDMA technology based wireless telephony service in the country at 185 stations, according to TeleCard CEO Fazal Hussein. Speaking at a media briefing, Hussain said the services being launched by TeleCard include voice, high-speed internet, SMS, voice mail service and long distance calling.

"WLL ensures exceptional voice quality, seamless Internet connectivity, and quick connection without the hassle of wires and is available universally to all consumers," he told reporters. TeleCard is poised to launch its service shortly in 185 stations of the country making it the largest WLL operator and the first integrated services provider to take this step. TeleCard has an existing nation-wide WLL network and has recently upgraded its network for the effective deployment of its service in all of 14 regions of Pakistan.

Hussain, said that TeleCard has Invested Rs 3,241 million in acquiring frequency in all 14 telecommunication regions of Pakistan. Analysts say that while WLL has limited mobility, its superior technology coupled with cheap call costs makes it a serious challenger to the existing mobile phone companies.

"Make no mistake. This is not a mobile phone company. But the services it offers are close to that of a mobile phone and this makes it a cheaper alternative," said a market analyst.

On-Demand In The Palm Of Your Hand: Verizon Wireless Launches “VCAST” – Nation’s First And Only Consumer 3G Multimedia Service

On-Demand In The Palm Of Your Hand: Verizon Wireless Launches “VCAST” – Nation’s First And Only Consumer 3G Multimedia Service LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2005 – Imagine the future of wireless: crystal clear video on-demand, live-action 3-D games, news, sports, entertainment, music videos and much more in the palm of your hand. Verizon Wireless delivered the future of wireless today from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas when senior Verizon Wireless executives announced the company is launching VCAST – the nation’s first third-generation (3G) wireless multimedia service for consumers – beginning February 1, 2005. VCAST will bring high-quality video, 3-D games and music straight to new 3G phones that will run on the Verizon Wireless broadband EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) 3G network, delivering the fastest, most widely-available fully-mobile wireless data experience in the nation today.

“3G is here – we are delivering true 3G services to our customers; this is not a plan for services on the horizon, this is about now,” said Denny Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless. Starting February 1, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to use new handsets to access VCAST’s video on-demand service, viewing current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. They will also be able to download and play cutting-edge three-dimensional games on powerful new handsets. Customers will also be able to watch music videos and short programs specifically designed for mobile phones and other video applications on their handsets.

“With the launch of VCAST, Verizon Wireless is building on its reputation for providing the most reliable and exciting wireless experience in the U.S. VCAST establishes the gold standard for consumer wireless multimedia services,” continued Strigl. “This multi-functional service is so entertaining and informative, so timely and cutting edge, that it gives our customers another dimension to their wireless service.”

When the service is available on February 1, customers can expect video and games from a variety of familiar and popular sources, such as MTV Networks’ VH1 and Comedy Central brands. A relationship with News Corp. and 20th Century Fox will bring Verizon Wireless customers hot exclusive programs – “24: Conspiracy,” “Sunset Hotel” and “Love & Hate” – specifically designed for mobile phones. VCAST will be accessed through the award-winning Get It Now virtual store found on Verizon Wireless handsets.

“With VCAST, we have put together a comprehensive package of multimedia services for consumers that will be immediately available at launch,” said John Stratton, Verizon Wireless vice president and chief marketing officer. “This robust offering in the marketplace will take wireless to a new level, offering Verizon Wireless customers a wealth of news, sports and entertainment programming in the palm of their hands at an affordable price.”

EV-DO 3G Network Expansion

VCAST runs on the Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO network, which began commercial operation in October 2003 in San Diego and Washington, D.C. The Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO network initially launched commercially with BroadbandAccess wireless Internet access service for business customers and mobile professionals. BroadbandAccess boasts average user speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps), and enables users to remain productive and connected whether they’re at home, a meeting across town or on the road. BroadbandAccess customers can connect via laptop to the Internet, corporate intranet, email and attachments all at high speed.

“When we announced the rollout plans for the Verizon Wireless 3G network one year ago at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we said we would deploy the technology in areas covering 75 million people, or one-third of our network, in the United States by the end of 2004. Promise made, promise kept,” said Dick Lynch, Verizon Wireless executive vice president and chief technical officer, in announcing new metropolitan areas to the 3G network coverage area.

In addition to 20 previously launched metropolitan areas, the company today announced 12 additional markets: Chicago; Houston; Boston; Phoenix; Cincinnati; Orlando; Columbus and Dayton, OH; Providence, RI; Jacksonville, FL; Hartford and New Haven, CT. Major expansions have been made in many existing 3G markets, including New York City; Newark, NJ; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Miami, Tampa and West Palm Beach, FL; Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, MO; and Milwaukee, WI areas. (EDITORS: A complete list of markets follows this news release.)

“Today, another promise,” said Dick Lynch. “We will deploy our 3G network – our BroadbandAccess and VCAST service areas – to cover 150 million Americans by the end of 2005.”

Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks have provided wireless infrastructure technology for the Verizon Wireless 3G network, and EV-DO technology is licensed from QUALCOMM.

“Verizon Wireless continues to set the standard for innovative consumer and business services, and by offering VCAST to the mass consumer base, they are proving the success and reliability of their 3G network,” said Roger Entner, director of wireless and mobile services for The Yankee Group. “Services like games and videos everyone is used to playing and watching while tethered to a TV or monitor are now going to be available virtually anywhere and any time, with similar speed and often even greater excitement. VCAST gives consumers the mobility they’re looking for and leapfrogs anything else that is available today.”

Multimedia Preview

For the past several months, Verizon Wireless has been conducting a “sneak preview” of VCAST for 1,000 participants from the company’s existing customer base in the Washington, D.C. and San Diego metropolitan areas. The preview focused on consumer adoption, usage patterns, content from potential VCAST partners, and both network and handset performance.

“The quality on this video is just unbelievable,” said Melanie Hoffman, reacting to video news clips she was watching on an LG VX8000 phone in Washington D.C. last week. “The picture, I just can’t explain it, it’s really neat – it’s like Christmas.”

VCAST Overview

For $15.00 monthly access in addition to their regular Verizon Wireless calling plan, VCAST customers get unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 daily updated videos from leading content providers. Verizon Wireless VCAST customers also receive unlimited browsing of Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Web 2.0 news and information service. In addition, customers can choose from premium content, available for an additional cost, that includes 3-D games, music videos and other premium channels.

VCAST’s array of hot new multimedia programming is located in the Get It Now virtual store – customers can access video from favorite news, sports and entertainment providers in the getFLIX shopping aisle and check out new cutting-edge 3-D games in the getGAMES aisle. VCAST also gives customers unlimited access to browse and view applications in the other familiar Get It Now shopping aisles – such as getTONES and getGOING.

“Customers no longer need to be chained to their computers or televisions to play video games or view the latest news and information via video,” said Jim Straight, vice president of multimedia services for Verizon Wireless. “With our expansion and the widening reach of our high-speed network, the next level of Get It Now applications is possible – from three dimensional and multi-player games to higher-resolution photos and video downloads.”

At launch, customers will be able to access VCAST on three hot new phones, from LG Mobile Phones, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and UTStarcom Personal Communications. The featured phone is the new LG VX8000 phone – with its full-motion video with audio downloading and playback capabilities, the LG VX8000 offers customers a rich and rewarding interactive experience. The LG VX8000 also features a 1.3 mega-pixel camera with 10X digital zoom and embedded flash. Customers can capture 15-second videos and still photos and send them to other Verizon Wireless customers with video messaging-capable phones or any e-mail address.

For more information Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

As of Friday, January 7, 2005, Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network will be available in the following major metropolitan areas:

Atlanta

Austin, TX

Baltimore

Boston

Chicago

Cincinnati

Columbus, OH

Dallas/Ft. Worth

Dayton, OH

Hartford, CT

Houston

Jacksonville, FL

Kansas City, KS/MO

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Madison, WI

Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL

Milwaukee

New Haven, CT

New Orleans

New York/Newark, NJ

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia

Phoenix

Pittsburgh

Providence, RI

San Diego

Tampa, FL

Washington, D.C.

West Palm Beach, FL

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jeffrey Nelson Verizon Wireless 908.306.4824 Jeffrey.Nelson@verizonwireless.com

Verizon Wireless And LG Mobile Phones Deliver The Future Of Wireless Technology Today With The Launch Of The VX8000

Verizon Wireless And LG Mobile Phones Deliver The Future Of Wireless Technology Today With The Launch Of The VX8000 LAS VEGAS, NV — January 7, 2005 — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, and LG Mobile Phones today announced the February 1, 2005 availability of the LG VX8000 phone, the first handset in the United States for consumers that runs on Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) 3G network. The VX8000, available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers, will provide access to VCAST, the nation’s only 3G consumer multimedia service, allowing Verizon Wireless customers to be the first in the nation to use their handsets to view video clips from major news, sports and entertainment brands and play three-dimensional games.

The new 3G-capable VX8000 phone is the pinnacle of a visual entertainment handset, enhanced by the high-speed data capabilities of EV-DO technology and the new VCAST service, available to Verizon Wireless customers in 30 markets in less than one month, that allows them to view current news, weather, sports and enterta inment video updates and play cutting edge three-dimensional games. The VX8000 features Video on Demand for playing video clips and Music on Demand capabilities for playing audio clips, when available. Movie buffs, music fans and everyone in between can download content on their mobile phones with just a few clicks, with clarity and sharpness never before seen on mobile phones in the United States. The VX8000 also features video messaging capabilities – customers can take up to 15 seconds of video with the VX8000’s integrated 1.3 mega-pixel camera and send their clips to any email address. With the VX8000, family and friends stay connected and share their experiences every day, as they happen.

For capturing the rapid-fire pace of life in the information age on video and in pictures, the VX8000 features the first integrated CCD 1.3 mega-pixel camera from LG Mobile Phones. The VX8000’s integrated camera features flash and a macro mode feature with four digital zoom settings for shooting close-up video and still images. Aspiring photo! graphers and filmmakers can compose and view their shots with large internal 262K TFT color LCD screens, and share them with Verizon Wireless’ Picture Messaging service. In addition to next generation EV-DO access and mega-pixel digital camera, the VX8000 also includes all the must-have mobile phone features that users have come to expect from LG, including speaker phone, a 500 contact phone book that stores up to five phone numbers and two email addresses per contact, MIDI sound, personal organizer and more. Designed in a sleek silver clamshell, and weighing in at less than four ounces, the VX8000 has the accelerated style to match its advanced capabilities.

“The launch of the VX8000 signals the arrival of the next generation of mobile handsets,” said Mr. Juno Cho, president, LG Mobile Phones. “Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network and its new VCAST service gives mobile phone users the power to bring the world to their phones with high-speed multimedia access, and the flagship VX8000 ha ndset offers the advanced capabilities necessary to support this new world of instantly accessible entertainment and information.”

Additional features of the Verizon Wireless VX8000 by LG include:

• All Digital (1.9 GHz, 800 MHz CDMA)

• Dimensions: 3.76” (H) X 1.97” (W) X 0.93” (D)

• Weight: 3.88 oz.

• Standard Battery: Lithium-Ion Polymer, 1,100 mAh

• Usage Time: 280 Minutes (Digital) / Standby 185 Hours (Digital)*

• 1X EV-DO for High-Speed Data Transmission

• CCD Type 1.3 Mega-pixel with flash (Photo Cell)

• 4x Digital Zoom with Macro Mode for Extreme Close-Ups

• Resolution Adjustment (160 X 120; 176 X 144; 320 X 240; 640 X 480; 1280 X 960)

• Self Timer (3, 5 or 10 seconds)

• Video Messaging – send and receive 15-second video clips

• Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) - send and receive messages comprised of a combination of text, sounds, photos and video clips

• VCAST-capable, allowing cu stomers to receive Video on Demand (VOD) of news, sports, en! tertainm ent, weather and much more

• Video Clips Encoded in MPEG format (Qualcomm-based technology - file extension: .3G2)

• Computer playback for clips requires QuickTime 6.5

• Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS) - send and receive text messages with graphics and sound

• Two-Way Short Messaging Service (SMS)

• Mobile Instant Messaging (IM) – AOL, MSN & Yahoo

• External Color LCD: 262K Color TFT, 128x160 Pixels, 10 lines of text

• Internal Color LCD: 262K Color TFT, 176x220 Pixels, 11 lines of text

• Web Browser Openwave Wap 2.0

• CMX MIDI for Polyphonic Ringers and Sound Capabilities

• 20 Unique Ringtones (Plus Vibrate & Silent Alert)

• Multiparty/Conference Calling - Up to 3 callers

• Call History: (Outgoing- 20, Incoming-20, Missed-20)

• Auto Redial, Caller ID, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling

• Innovative, Stylish Clamshell

• Blue Backlit Keypad & 5 Way Navigat ion Key

• Speed Dialing (99 Entries)

• Personal Organizer: Calendar with Scheduler, 30 Voice Memos (up to 1 minute each), and Notepad

• Tools: Alarm Clock, EZ Tip Calc, Calculator, and World Clock

• Address book with 500 contact each stores 5 numbers, 2 email addresses and picture ID

• Speaker Phone

• External USB Capable

• E911 Emergency Location Capable

• Customizable Wallpapers, Theme & Font Colors

• English and Spanish User Interface

• TTY/TDD Capable

• T9 Text Input

* Certain features may use more power & cause standby & talk times to vary.

The LG VX8000 will be available for $199.99 after $70.00 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement at more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide, Circuit City stores, participating RadioShack locations or on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com beginning on February 1, 2005.

For more information about V erizon Wireless’ products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com. For more information about LG Mobile Phones, visit www.lgusa.com.

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com 908-306-4834

KDDI Develops EZ-Appli, Bluetooth ""au Mobile Phone Robot Controller"" For The Bi-Pedal ""Bluetooth Robot""

KDDI Develops EZ-Appli, Bluetooth ""au Mobile Phone Robot Controller"" For The Bi-Pedal ""Bluetooth Robot"" January 6, 2005 --KDDI Corporation and Tokyo-based I Bee K.K., an affiliate of the "KDDI Mobile Solutions Partner" (KDDI-MSP) [1] program, have developed the "au Mobile Phone Robot Controller", an au mobile phone-based EZ-Appli ("Brew®" [2]), Bluetooth™ controller for the bi-pedal walking "Bluetooth™ Robot". The remote controller, easily installed by downloading the application to the "W21T" model au mobile phone which includes a BlueToothtm unit, is the first of its kind using Bluetooth™ wireless communication. Further extensibility is also promising, as the Bluetooth™ Remote control uses bi-directional communication. [1] KDDI Mobile Solution Partner (KDDI-MSP), provides broad, pro-active support for venders developing mobile service solutions using the au mobile platform. Technical information and support is provided to promote development, sample applications and sales collaboration promotes business development, and collaborative production of pamphlets, catalogs, etc. using KDDI branding supports product promotions.

[2] BREW® and BREW® related trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Qualcomm Corporation. Operating Procedures

1) Download the "au Mobile Phone Robot Controller" to the au Mobile Phone from the dedicated server.

2) Launch the "au Mobile Phone Robot Controller" and connect to the "Bluetooth™ Robot".

3) Connect to the Action Download Server from the "au Mobile Phone Robot Controller" and download the desired actions.

4) Send actions from the "au Mobile Phone Robot Controller" to the "Bluetooth™ Robot".

5) Send movement commands to the robot from the "au Mobile Phone Robot Controller" [3] using the cursor and number keys on the au Mobile phone and the "Bluetooth™ Robot" will perform the specified actions (Refer to the reference material). [3] Actions can also be created and sent using the included PC software. Features

1) World's first remote control for a bi-pedal walking robot using Bluetooth™ communications.

2) Initial robot model designed for large-scale production based on Jin Sato's C1 model.

3) First low-cost production model in Japan featuring gyro-sensors and acceleration sensors as standard features [4].

4) Original actions can be created using the included PC software.

[4] Based on information available to I Bee as of December 1, 2004. Costs

No registration or monthly fees are required, however, packet usage fees will be charged for download of the "au Mobile Phone Robot Controller" BREW® application and downloaded actions. Development Delivery Schedule

The "au Mobile Phone Robot Controller" is scheduled for release in late February. The "Bluetooth™ Robot", to be distributed bu I Bee, is scheduled to go on sale in late February Bluetooth™ Robot Specifications

Product Name: Pirkus-R Type-01

Suggested Retail Price: 198,000 yen (tax incl.) [5]

Release: Late February [6] (Orders received from Jan. 21, 2005)

Size: Height approx. 29 cm

Weight: Approx. 950 g

Number of Joints: 21

Actuators: Radio-control servo-motors

Sensors: Gyro-sensor

Acceleration sensor

Accessories: Battery charger PC Software

[5] Sold as a kit—requires assembly.

[6] Orders received through dedicated web page (http://www.robot-labs.jp/).

Sprint Is First In United States To Deliver Phone Software Upgrades Over Its Wireless Network

Sprint Is First In United States To Deliver Phone Software Upgrades Over Its Wireless Network OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and LAS VEGAS — January 6, 2005 — As more wireless customers rely on advanced data applications and cutting-edge services, getting the latest software updates is increasingly important. Sprint today announced a new capability that will improve the customer experience by making phone software upgrades as easy as pressing a button – saving customers from taking a trip to a store. Sprint now offers Sprint PCS Wireless Software Upgrade directly over its wireless network to Sprint PCS Vision(SM) devices. Sprint is the first wireless provider in the United States to offer this service.

The Sprint PCS Wireless Software Upgrade provides a fast, cost-effective way to deliver software upgrades that include the latest improvements and enhancements directly to customers’ phones. Customers will receive a text message after a download has occurred, directing them to simply press a button to approve the update. The update time will vary depending on the size and content of the upgrade package.

“With advanced megapixel cameras, camcorders and exciting downloadable content, the embedded operating software on wireless devices is becoming more complex and may occasionally require an update,” said John Garcia, senior vice president – Sales and Distribution, Sprint. “With Sprint PCS Wireless Software Upgrade, customers can conveniently get those upgrades directly on their phone without visiting a retail store or calling customer service.”

Samsung, the first wireless manufacturer in the United States to include technologies enabling over-the-air wireless upgrades in its handsets for Sprint, recognized the enormous consumer benefits and began including Sprint PCS Wireless Software Upgrade features on its phones with the introduction of the Sprint PCS Vision Phone VI660 by Samsung®.

The software upgrades are currently supported on seven handsets: the VI660 by Samsung, the Sprint PCS Vision Video Phone VM-A680 by Samsung®, the Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Phone MM-A700 by Samsung®, the Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-A740 by Samsung®, the Sprint PCS Vision Ready Link Phone RL-A760 by Samsung®, the Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Phone MM-7400 by Sanyo® and the Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-325 by LG®. The software upgrades will be available on nearly all newly offered Sprint PCS Phones as they are rolled out.

Sprint continues to be an industry leader in wireless data adoption. At the end of third quarter 2004, Sprint had 7.3 million wireless data users, including 5.6 million Sprint PCS Vision customers. Sprint has also announced plans to meet customers’ demands for faster wireless data by deploying next-generation EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) wireless service at peak data rates of up to 2.4 Mbps to major U.S. metro areas during 2005.

Sprint introduced Sprint PCS Wireless Software Upgrade to support its company-wide initiative to improve the customer experience from purchase to care. Other initiatives include the launch of the Sprint PCS Fair & Flexible(SM) Plan, the wireless industry’s first pricing plan available to customers nationwide that adjusts automatically to meet a customer’s usage month to month, and the Sprint PCS Better Wireless Guarantee, which ensures new and existing customers are completely satisfied with their service, plan and equipment.

Media Contacts:

Laura Tigges, 913-794-3604 laura.j.tigges@mail.sprint.com

KDDI EZ ""Chaku-uta Full™"" Downloads Exceed 1 Million

KDDI EZ ""Chaku-uta Full™"" Downloads Exceed 1 Million January 6, 2005 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to announce that cumulative downloads from their EZ "Chaku-uta Full™" service, a music distribution service for au mobile phones, have exceeded 1 million on January 5, 2005. The EZ "Chaku-uta Full™" service began on November 19, 2004.

EZ "Chaku-uta Full™" is a music download service which allows users to download an artist's individual songs in entirety directly to their mobile phone. With the "CDMA 1X WIN" 2.4 Mbps transmission speed and the "Double Flat Rate" fixed-rate packet data service, users can freely download their favorite music whenever and wherever they like, stress-free and with no concern for communications charges.

Seven websites support EZ "Chaku-uta Full™", with a total catalog of 10,000 songs. Currently, W21CA (Casio), W21T (Toshiba), W22SA (Sanyo), and W22H (Hitachi), handsets support EZ "Chaku-uta Full™", but all new "CDMA 1X WIN" mobile phone models will be equipped to enjoy the service. As of the end of December, 2004, subscriptions for au mobile phones supporting EZ "Chaku-uta Full™" reached 410,000 units.

KDDI is also pleased to announce that cumulative downloads from the EZ "Chaku-uta®" service for au mobile phones exceeded 160 million at the end of December, 2004. The EZ "Chaku-uta®" service, which began on December 2, 2002, is available for all au mobile phones currently sold. * "Chaku-uta®" and "Chaku-uta Full™" are a registered trade mark and a trademark of Sony Music Entertainment Corp.

Animated Shorts And Mobile Movies Now Available From Sprint

Animated Shorts And Mobile Movies Now Available From Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and LAS VEGAS — January 6, 2005 — Sprint today announced the launch of two new independent mobile-TV content providers to the carrier’s premier multimedia service offering – CellToons and Fun Little Movies (FLM). The new content expands the Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Services portfolio of streaming audio and video delivered directly to Sprint subscribers over the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network (CDMA1X). Sprint continues to be the first CDMA carrier to offer streaming video on demand from sources such as CNN, MUSIC CHOICE®, Twentieth Century Fox, E! Entertainment Television and Cartoon Network Mobile.

Sprint customers who subscribe to Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Services are able to access more than 600 streaming video and audio clips every day, covering the latest news, sports and entertainment, including streaming audio from major recording artists. The service offers a wide range of content for everyone – from independent movies made specifically for mobile viewing to the latest sports injury reports to entertainment for all ages with favorite animated cartoons.

CellToons, developed by Thumbworks, features one- to three-minute animated shorts from some of the world’s most brilliant and innovative animators and writers, including shorts created and produced by Vancouver Film School, Blur Studios and well-known animators Bruno Bozzetto and Mike Wellins. CellToons content is available on channel 18 for $4.95 per month. Visit www.thumbworks.com for additional details.

Fun Little Movies features made-for-mobile comedy films and animation. The original, live-action comedy content, Fun Funny Phone Films, will premiere on Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Services. The FLM channel will include humorous headlines in “Comedy USA,” sci-fi parody “Spacey Movie” and “The MiniBikers,” where little people on little motorcycles fight crime… a little at a time. FLM won Best Comedy at CTIA’s World’s Smallest Film Festival for “Love Bytes.” The FLM content is available on channel 19 for $4.95 per month. Visit www.funlittlemovies.com for additional details.

“Sprint is excited to expand the list of entertainment options for our multimedia service, which provides high-quality streaming video on demand,” said Jeff Hallock, vice president – Product Marketing and Strategy, Sprint. “Sprint sees our multimedia service as an opportunity to offer customers content from name-brand broadcasters as well create a space for new independent content providers to showcase their talents. To that end, we’re pleased to add these two new independent channels to the service.” With Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Services, Sprint PCS Vision subscribers can browse and stream the various channels in the service.

Customers can subscribe to Sprint TV, a “basic cable”-type package that offers a compilation of content from sources such as NBC Mobile, ABC News Now, FOX Sports, The Weather Channel, Discovery and more. Customers also have the choice of purchasing stand-alone channels, which offer a more in-depth service from a single content provider. Once a channel has been purchased, it is listed under “My Channels.” The preview channel and any free channels, such as Twentieth Century Fox movie trailers, will automatically appear under the My Channels listing.

The providers determine and create the unique mobile viewing content, and customers have the opportunity to subscribe to Sprint TV or one specific channel. The content providers offer new clips continually every day, ensuring the content is fresh and current.

Sprint PCS Vision subscribers may add Sprint TV to their existing Sprint PCS Vision plan for $9.99 per month or any of the additional channels for the price listed above. Or, subscribers may choose the Sprint Multimedia Pack and get unlimited free access to Sprint TV, in addition to Picture Mail(SM), Sprint PCS Video Mail, Sprint PCS Vision and 100 SMS text messages for just $25.00 per month. All multimedia services plans are in addition to voice calling.

Media Contacts:

Leslie Stafford, 913-794-3654 leslie.l.stafford@mail.sprint.com