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Sky Link And Lucent Technologies Start Deployment Of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Network In Krasnodar

Sky Link And Lucent Technologies Start Deployment Of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Network In Krasnodar MOSCOW – August 31, 2006 – ZAO Sky Link, the largest CDMA450 operator in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Lucent Technologies today announced they are increasing the voice capacity of the Sky Link network in Krasnodar and enhancing it with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology. OAO Krasnodar Cellular Network, the regional Sky Link operator, and Lucent are upgrading existing Lucent base stations with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology and installing new equipment that will enable the operator’s Sky Turbo service, which provides data speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second. The project is beginning in the cities of Krasnodar, Sochi, and Novorossisk.

"Sky Turbo brings new, profitable multimedia services to the region and will help grow Sky Link's reputation as a full-service 3G operator," said Alexandr Piotrovsky, deputy general director of strategic marketing and sales for Sky Link. "The high data speeds enabled by CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - the main advantage of CDMA450 compared to the 2G standards - enables the proliferation of 3G services in the regional markets."

"Subscribers in the Krasnodar territory and Adygea are the leaders in terms of mobile data consumption on Sky Link's network," said Michael Mochulsky, general director of Sky Link-Krasnodar. "In July, the share of non-voice services in our revenues grew up to 48 percent. The powerful Sky Turbo service delivers an enhanced mobile data experience to our subscribers and our main task is to make the access to the new services as convenient as possible."

Within the project's framework, existing Lucent base stations are being upgraded with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO channel cards and software. The Lucent Radio Network Controller (RNC) is being deployed to ensure a flexible and scalable management of the network's RF (radio frequency) resources. Lucent Worldwide Services is providing installation and integration services.

"Every time we introduce EV-DO technology in the Russian markets, we see how it helps operators gain significant momentum via the introduction of new high-speed mobile data services," said Dmitry Kamensky, managing director, Lucent Technologies Russia and CIS. "Operators that have deployed the technology are able to offer their subscribers various new, revenue-generating services."

The EV-DO based Sky Turbo service delivers high-speed mobile data services and Internet access to Sky Link’s subscribers. It features the highest mobile data speeds available in Russia. The Sky Turbo service was commercially launched in December 2005 in the Sky Link-Moscow and Sky Link-St. Petersburg networks simultaneously. In March 2006, the Sky Link-Ekaterinburg network's subscribers were granted access to the service.

Trial tests demonstrated that Sky Turbo enables subscribers to download files at average data speeds of 600-700 kilobits per second given standard network load conditions. The advanced wireless broadband Internet access and data transmission technology provides Sky Link’s subscribers with fast downloading of Internet content and large files, e-mail, IPTV, and remote video surveillance services.

The Sky Link network is based on the IMT-MC-450 standard (CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO technology deployed in the 450 MHz frequency range), which provides advanced digital mobile communication services to subscribers -- reliable, high-quality voice communication with the highest degree of unauthorized access protection, and high-speed data services including Internet access.

MOSCOW – August 31, 2006 – ZAO Sky Link, the largest CDMA450 operator in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Lucent Technologies today announced they are increasing the voice capacity of the Sky Link network in Krasnodar and enhancing it with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology. OAO Krasnodar Cellular Network, the regional Sky Link operator, and Lucent are upgrading existing Lucent base stations with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology and installing new equipment that will enable the operator’s Sky Turbo service, which provides data speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second. The project is beginning in the cities of Krasnodar, Sochi, and Novorossisk. "Sky Turbo brings new, profitable multimedia services to the region and will help grow Sky Link's reputation as a full-service 3G operator," said Alexandr Piotrovsky, deputy general director of strategic marketing and sales for Sky Link. "The high data speeds enabled by CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - the main advantage of CDMA450 compared to the 2G standards - enables the proliferation of 3G services in the regional markets." "Subscribers in the Krasnodar territory and Adygea are the leaders in terms of mobile data consumption on Sky Link's network," said Michael Mochulsky, general director of Sky Link-Krasnodar. "In July, the share of non-voice services in our revenues grew up to 48 percent. The powerful Sky Turbo service delivers an enhanced mobile data experience to our subscribers and our main task is to make the access to the new services as convenient as possible." Within the project's framework, existing Lucent base stations are being upgraded with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO channel cards and software. The Lucent Radio Network Controller (RNC) is being deployed to ensure a flexible and scalable management of the network's RF (radio frequency) resources. Lucent Worldwide Services is providing installation and integration services. "Every time we introduce EV-DO technology in the Russian markets, we see how it helps operators gain significant momentum via the introduction of new high-speed mobile data services," said Dmitry Kamensky, managing director, Lucent Technologies Russia and CIS. "Operators that have deployed the technology are able to offer their subscribers various new, revenue-generating services." The EV-DO based Sky Turbo service delivers high-speed mobile data services and Internet access to Sky Link’s subscribers. It features the highest mobile data speeds available in Russia. The Sky Turbo service was commercially launched in December 2005 in the Sky Link-Moscow and Sky Link-St. Petersburg networks simultaneously. In March 2006, the Sky Link-Ekaterinburg network's subscribers were granted access to the service. Trial tests demonstrated that Sky Turbo enables subscribers to download files at average data speeds of 600-700 kilobits per second given standard network load conditions. The advanced wireless broadband Internet access and data transmission technology provides Sky Link’s subscribers with fast downloading of Internet content and large files, e-mail, IPTV, and remote video surveillance services. The Sky Link network is based on the IMT-MC-450 standard (CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO technology deployed in the 450 MHz frequency range), which provides advanced digital mobile communication services to subscribers -- reliable, high-quality voice communication with the highest degree of unauthorized access protection, and high-speed data services including Internet access. About Sky Link The licensed territory of Sky Link, the largest CDMA operator in Russia, covers 65 regions of the Russian Federation with 104 million inhabitants which is more than 72 percent of the country's population. ZAO Sky Link was established in July 2003 to create a federal cellular communications network based on IMT-MC 450 (CDMA450) technology. The company successfully deploys regional networks in all licensed markets. The technological advantages of the new digital standard allow Sky Link to offer its subscribers high-speed Internet access and data services (up to 2.4 Mbps in the Sky Turbo coverage zone), high-quality voice services, storage and online access to any information, and other multimedia services not available on existing 2G networks. In May 2006, the Sky Link subscriber base reached 358 thousand subscribers, compared with 200 thousand subscribers in May 2005. Sky Link is a member of the International 450 Association (IA-450) since 2003. The company was awarded IA Sotovik's Diploma for the most ambitious project of 2004 and RBC's "The company of the year 2005" Award. For further information on the company, please visit: http://www.skylink.ru. Established in 1998, OAO Krasnodar Cellular Communication provides NMT-450 MHz standard-based services in the Krasnodar region and Adygea Republic. The existing base stations provide stable communication services to the greater part of the Krasnodar region and Adygea Republic. Now, Krasnodar Cellular's service zone is one of the largest in the south of Russia. In 2004, the company began the expansion of its IMT-MC 450 network in the framework of the Sky Link federal project. About Lucent Technologies Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit http://www.lucent.com.

For more information, reporters may contact:

Ichiro Kawasaki Lucent Technologies +1 973-386-3479 (office) +1 973-477-4793 (mobile) Email:kawasaki@lucent.com

Elena Shugaley Lucent Technologies +7 812 629 85 02 (office) +7 812 629 85 10 (fax) Email:eshugal@lucent.com

Olga Pestereva CJSC Sky Link + 7 901 407 7277 (office) + 7 495 746 2846 (fax) Email:o.pestereva@skylink.ru

Sprint Turns Up The Music With Exclusive Streaming Radio And Video And Unique Song-Download Features

Sprint Turns Up The Music With Exclusive Streaming Radio And Video And Unique Song-Download Features OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — 08/31/2006 — Sprint announced today that it continues to lead mobile music with the launch of the exclusive Sprint Radio service and the introduction of unique features and a promotion for the Sprint Music Store.

Sprint Radio features more than 50 channels of streaming radio and video with programming that offers today's hottest music and music videos as well as news, weather, sports, finance and entertainment from popular sources such as NPR, ESPN and Radio Disney. Sprint Radio is offered through a partnership with mSpot, which is responsible for content production and ongoing operations of the service.

Sprint Radio covers many different music genres, including urban, pop, Latin, rock, reggaetone, country, dance, spiritual, jazz and more. It is available via a subscription for $5.95 a month on the Sprint Media Player or as a downloadable Java® application. Sprint Radio is offered on select handsets across all three of Sprint's networks: Sprint Power Vision, Sprint Vision and Nextel.

The Sprint Music Store, which became the first over-the-air song-download service available in the United States in October 2005 in partnership with Groove Mobile, is now the first service of its kind to provide personalized recommendations based on a customer's past purchases as well as other customers' past purchases. A customer can now visit the "Recommendations" section under the main menu of the Music Store to see a list of songs and artists that may be of interest based on what the customer has bought in the past. Additionally, a customer can select a song from the playlist to find what other customers who bought that song have also purchased.

A new promotion for the Sprint Music Store allows customers to buy two songs and Sprint will provide a third song at no charge from now until Nov. 15. Additionally, several other unique features are now available that enable the customer to:

• Listen to downloaded songs while shopping for others,

• Press play, pause, skip, fast-forward and rewind on special external keys on select phones, including the FUSIC by LG which is only available from Sprint,

• Re-download a song once without a charge if the song was accidentally deleted and

• Find music more easily with expanded charts and categories.

"More people than ever before are enjoying music on their mobile phones, and this popularity is expected to continue to rise as Sprint offers more truly differentiated ways to be entertained no matter where our customers are throughout their busy days," said Alana Muller, director of entertainment product marketing for Sprint. "Sprint makes music easy – not requiring any wires, extra devices or complex navigation. We allow our customers to get right to what they want while giving them what no one else can."

Sprint Radio and the Sprint Music Store are available on select Sprint handsets. For more information about specific phone features and Sprint's music offerings, visit www.sprint.com.

Media Contact:

Aaron Radelet, 703-433-8246 aaron.radelet@sprint.com

Verizon Wireless Brings Wireless Broadband Network To Greater Birmingham

Verizon Wireless Brings Wireless Broadband Network To Greater Birmingham BIRMINGHAM, A.L. — August 31, 2006 — Verizon Wireless announced today it is bringing wide-area wireless broadband service to the Greater Birmingham area, giving local customers access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices. Birmingham is the first city in Alabama to join the company’s coast to coast broadband network.

With this launch, Verizon Wireless customers in the metro Birmingham area are able to access the company’s two wireless broadband services – BroadbandAccess and V CAST – while traveling throughout the city.

BroadbandAccess is the company’s high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. It provides average access speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps). The service gives customers the ability to connect to the Internet using a PC card that slides directly into most laptop computers and enables a download of a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment (the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file) in about 20 seconds.

V CAST is a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and video content on demand, including news, weather and sports updates, clips from popular TV programs, music videos, movie trailers, 3D games and more. With V CAST Music, customers can browse and download songs from the V CAST Music library directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled phone or Windows® XP-enabled PC. The V CAST Music library contains more than 1.3 million songs.

Both services are based on the company’s Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network technology.

“This expansion is part of our continuing focus on investing in our network reliability and providing innovative high-speed data services to our customers across the country and here in Alabama,” said Jim McGean, president of Verizon Wireless’ Alabama / Georgia Region. “With BroadbandAccess, Birmingham-area mobile professionals and business customers will now be able to take their desktop experience with them, allowing them to wirelessly access their Microsoft Outlook® calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind corporate firewalls. With V CAST, consumers now have access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and advanced gaming available.”

Coverage

Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess coverage expansion in Greater Birmingham includes the area roughly from Gardendale to Calera and from Vance to Westover. Greater Birmingham-area customers traveling along I-65 from just north of Gardendale to Calera and along I-20 from Moody to Vance will now have BroadbandAccess and V CAST coverage. (Customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless’ existing NationalAccess network in which customers experience average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, with bursts up to 144 kbps.)

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network coverage area now covers half the nation’s population. The company has invested more than $112 million in Alabama and Georgia so far this year – part of its $30 billion nationwide network investment over the last six years – to ensure network reliability and expanded coverage and capacity.

BroadbandAccess

BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

As an example of the productivity benefits the company’s wireless broadband provides to mobile and business professionals, construction supervisors can capture important details about building projects and wirelessly transmit the information to the contractor; food and beverage company representatives can re-order stock wirelessly while at the point of sale; and realtors can browse the latest Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listings from a client’s living room and manage other tasks via BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs or laptops.

V CAST

The company’s high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia service, which offers consumers the ability to download full-length songs right to Verizon Wireless phones or via PCs. Customers can download songs directly to their phone for $1.99 and receive two copies of each song: one for the phone and one to download onto their PC. Or they can purchase songs online for 99 cents each and download a copy onto their phone via a USB cable for free. To access V CAST video content and games, customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a $15.00 monthly subscription added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan.

Pricing

For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with a new or existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access. A new two-year customer agreement is required. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. The company’s BroadbandAccess service is also available as an integrated option on select notebook computers: Dell (Latitude 620 and 820), Lenovo (ThinkPad Z60, T60 and X60) and HP (Compaq nc6140).

Media Contact Info

Caran Smith Caran.Smith@VerizonWireless.com 678-339-4891

LinkU Ltd. And Zapp Romania Launched Worldwide Inter-Standard Roaming Solution Using LinkU’s Roaming Platform

LinkU Ltd. And Zapp Romania Launched Worldwide Inter-Standard Roaming Solution Using LinkU’s Roaming Platform August 30, 2006 - LinkU Ltd., the global roaming solution provider for CDMA and Zapp, the CDMA operator in Romania launched LinkU’s advanced low cost roaming service for Zapp subscribers worldwide. Using LinkU’s SIM Cards and inter-standard roaming platform, Zapp can now offer advanced low cost roaming solutions, in more then 350 GSM networks, covering over 160 countries worldwide.

LinkU’s solutions address the challenges CDMA operators face with the need to provide true seamless global roaming to their subscribers. LinkU offers CDMA operators both standard roaming solution and low cost roaming solution. Zapp will be the first CDMA operator to launch global roaming using the LinkU system.

Zapp’s subscriber will be able to receive calls to their own personal mobile number and to originate calls just like in their home network, while enjoying low roaming tariffs. LinkU’s Advanced Low Cost Roaming application offers a new user experience while using a call back service abroad. The application enables the end user to pick a number from the personal address book or simply dial any number and press “Send” without using any access codes or prefixes.

“The LinkU solution can give CDMA subscribers a GSM-like roaming experience while keeping their roaming costs under control” said Yair Winkler LinkU’s CEO. He added that the Advanced Low Cost Roaming solution is giving CDMA operators an opportunity to compete with the GSM operators over corporate and other heavy users demanding low cost seamless roaming.

For more information please contact:

Yair Winkler LinkU Ltd. +972 9 951 4344 yair@linkuglobal.com

Verizon Wireless And John Legend Team Up In Exclusive Offer Of Songs & Music Video From New “Once Again” Album – Available Only On V CAST Music

Verizon Wireless And John Legend Team Up In Exclusive Offer Of Songs & Music Video From New “Once Again” Album – Available Only On V CAST Music NEW YORK and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — August 30, 2006 — In an exclusive premier, Verizon Wireless is introducing the multi-Grammy Award® winning artist John Legend’s much anticipated album, “Once Again,” through Verizon Wireless’ V CAST service. The album will be introduced tonight in New York City when Legend appears at a private performance that will also debut the first music video “Save Room” from the “Once Again” album. The event, hosted by Verizon Wireless and Rolling Stone Magazine, will have video clips available for Verizon Wireless V CAST customers to stream and view on their V CAST-capable phones tonight.

Verizon Wireless V CAST Music will feature several of John Legend’s new songs as exclusive offers for customers to download as full length songs, ring tones and Ringback Tones for the next two months. John Legend’s new album, “Once Again,” will not hit stores or Web music retailers until October 24, so the only place to hear or view John Legend’s new music is through Verizon Wireless.

“Verizon Wireless is pleased that our artist partners recognize that mobile phones are such a powerful way to reach their fans and that they are introducing their new music on V CAST before their albums are even released,” said John Harrobin, vice president of digital media and marketing for Verizon Wireless. “Verizon Wireless partnered with John Legend on his first album and we are proud to reunite and to take his new music to his fans digitally through mobile phones.”

Legend’s debut album, “Get Lifted,” has sold more than three million copies worldwide and has also been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. John Legend’s 2004 debut album, “Get Lifted,” earned him eight 2005 Grammy nominations and three wins, including Best New Artist. In 2003, Legend became the first artist signed to Kanye West’s Kon Man Entertainment (later renamed Getting Out Our Dreams), and a deal with Columbia Records followed in May 2004.

Even more so than he did on “Get Lifted,” John went boldly in his own creative direction on “Once Again,” opting to write not from a marketing standpoint, but from his heart and soul and personal experience. “Once Again” will be released from G.O.O.D./Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records on October 24.

Fans can also relive the music of their favorite John Legend songs directly on their Verizon Wireless phones. Customers with Get It Now®-enabled phones can download chart-topping John Legend singles like “Ordinary People” or “Used To Love U” as their ring tone. John Legend wallpaper and screensavers are also available so customers can carry their favorite artist with them wherever they go.

For more information Verizon Wireless’ video and music multimedia services, visit www.verizonwireless.com/vcast.

Media Contact Info

Brenda Boyd Raney Brenda.Raney@verizonwireless.com 908-559-7518

Stacy Katz Tribalbrands for Verizon Wireless stacy@tribalbrands.com 310-220-9515

Sprint Launches First EV-DO Revision A-Capable Mobile Broadband Card In The Nation

Sprint Launches First EV-DO Revision A-Capable Mobile Broadband Card In The Nation OVERLAND PARK, Kan., & SAN DIEGO — 08/29/2006 — Sprint and Novatel Wireless, Inc. today announced commercial availability of the country's first EV-DO Revision A-capable device - the Novatel Wireless S720 Sprint Mobile Broadband Card. This milestone follows Sprint's recent announcement that it will begin upgrading the Sprint Power Vision(SM) Network -- the nation's largest wireless broadband network currently covering more than 153 million people - to the faster EV-DO Revision A this year.

Designed for operation with compatible laptops as well as the soon-to-be-available Linksys Wireless G-Router for Mobile Broadband, the Merlin S720 will allow customers to connect to the Sprint Power Vision Network and remotely access audio, video and data applications at DSL-like speeds. The card operates on the current Sprint Power Vision Network and will support faster average download and upload speeds (450 -850 kbps and 300 - 400 kbps, respectively) of Sprint's upgraded network when it becomes available. Sprint plans to begin its roll out of EV-DO Revision A during the fourth quarter of 2006 with coverage expected to reach more than 40 million people by year end. Ultimately, Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people in the United States with mobile broadband data services in 220 major metropolitan areas by the end of 2006.

"Sprint has reached its next leadership milestone in the mobile broadband arena once again delivering on the goals and promises made to our customers earlier this year" said Danny Bowman, vice president of product marketing for Sprint. "With the introduction of the nation's first EV-DO Revision A-capable device today we are ensuring that customers are able to take advantage of the nation's most advanced mobile broadband network to do what they want, when they want and where they want."

"Being first to market with a commercially available EV-DO Revision A-capable connection card underscores our leadership position and continuing commitment to working with Sprint in serving its customers," said Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "By delivering innovative, high-quality EV-Rev. A wireless products, Novatel enables Sprint to provide its customers with industry-leading wireless data capabilities."

The Merlin S720 will initially be sold through Sprint indirect and business sales channels and online at www.sprint.com for a suggested retail price of $249.99 and as low as $99.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement. Service plans for the card currently range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage. Customers signing a two-year subscriber agreement will be eligible to receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required). Sprint plans to make a variety of compatible devices in varying form factors available later this year.

Sprint today has the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier. The Sprint Power Vision(SM) Network now covers more than 153 million people and services customers in 220 major metropolitan areas. Additional information on Sprint's Mobile Broadband network including coverage maps showing current and future coverage, Mobile Broadband service plans, and the latest access devices can be found at http://powervision.sprint.com/mobilebroadband/.

Sprint Media Contact:

Amy Schiska-Lombard, 913-794-2947 amy.k.schiska@sprint.com

Novatel Media Contact: Carolyn McCartney, 858-320-8822 (phone), 858-812-3401 (fax) pr@novatelwireless.com

Novatel Investor Relations: Julie Cunningham, 858-320-8837 (phone), 858-812-3402 (fax) ir@novatelwireless.com

KDDI To Offer 'au My Page' Combined Cell Phone And PC Personal Portal Site

KDDI To Offer 'au My Page' Combined Cell Phone And PC Personal Portal Site August 28, 2006 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to introduce "au My Page", a fully fledged personal portal service offering 100 Mbyte of free data storage and the facility to be customized in accordance with the usage patterns of individual users. The service will be available from mid-September.

"au My Page" is a personal portal site that allows information to be retrieved at no charge, enhancing accessibility to the world of EZweb and making it easier than ever to use an array of EZweb services and contents. By building up stores of personal items such as e-mails and photographs as they use their mobile phone, users can enjoy creating their own personal history as well as customizing their portal screen freely according to their usage pattern. Data or portal sites saved from a PC can also be used.

The main features of the "au My Page" portal service include:

• Stores up to 100 Mbyte of important data such as e-mails and photographs. Also, data can be stored easily from the mobile phone menu.

• As well as allowing the menu and design of the portal screen to be customized according to the preferences of the user, the site also delivers the latest information on EZweb contents tailored to the attributes or interests of the user.

• It is possible to browse or edit stored data or portal sites from a mobile phone as well as from a PC.

• Information updates are delivered in conjunction with EZ News flash to the standby screen of the mobile phone.

KDDI To Introduce ""EZ Channel Plus"" Programming Service For au

KDDI To Introduce ""EZ Channel Plus"" Programming Service For au August 28, 2006 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to offer "EZ Channel Plus," the service distributing high-quality-image informational programming for au mobile, free of fees from late night until early morning on selected days, from September 2006.

"EZ Channel Plus" can distribute mass content to a large number of customers using BCMCS [1] multicasting, so can be enjoyed for an economical fee of only 315 yen (tax included) [2] per month, regardless of programs subscribed to. The present "EZ Channel" display will also be expanded [3] through the use of high compression H.264 video format, for contents with clear, high-definition imaging.

Four programs will be offered with the launch of the service, for anyone with an au mobire phone, including the "LISMO Channel" music program, which distributes latest music information, artist interviews, and music videos, and the "EZ TODAY's Watch Plus" info program, which distributes daily news, weather, and entertainment information.

au is cooperating with many companies in offering this service. Chaku Uta ® [4] and other content will be easily accessible from "EZ Channel Plus" programs. By examining ways to make programs in cooperation with existing media such as terrestrial and CS broadcasting, au is aiming to establish a growing independent broadcast media exclusively for mobile phones.

In line with the start of "EZ Channel Plus" services, KDDI will waive the monthly fee of 315 yen (tax included) through December 2006 as part of a "Service Launch Commemorative Campaign."

KDDI Announces 12 New Models In au Mobile Phone Lineup

KDDI Announces 12 New Models In au Mobile Phone Lineup August 28, 2006 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to announce the launch of a succession of 12 new models in the au mobile phone line-up from early September.

With an even greater focus on sound and design aspects, the new lineup is broader than ever before, catering to a wide variety of user preferences and lifestyles. All 12 models are capable of processing the latest services such as "au My Page", a personal portal sevice, and "EZ Channel Plus", a high-definition video and music programming service, while individual models boast their own distinct features, such as EZ TV ('One-Seg') reception or a slim-line 15mm model design.

Focus on Sound

The new series brings success in achieving total sound quality improvement through collaboration with Yamaha Corporation in the "quest for authentic sound" [1]. This process involved the tuning of individual models to produce the required sound, evaluation of sound quality by music professionals, consultations in respect of handset design, and the introduction of the sound source chip that utilizes band spreading technology DBEX™ [2], bringing users the benefits of au LISTEN MOBILE SERVICE (LISMO) as well as enabling them to enjoy One-Seg broadcasts of higher sound quality than ever before.

[1] CDMA 1X WIN-capable models only [2] DBEX™ is the trademark of DiMAGIC

Focus on Design

The new lineup also introduces a series of distinctive and high-quality designs, ranging from models that incorporate the essence of art deco to those featuring materials with new fabric-like textures.

The precise timing of each model launch will be advised separately.

QUALCOMM Single-Chip Solution Doubles Talk Time And Network Capacity At Breakthrough Price Points

QUALCOMM Single-Chip Solution Doubles Talk Time And Network Capacity At Breakthrough Price Points SAN DIEGO — AUGUST 28, 2006 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today introduced the QSC1100™ single-chip solution. The QSC1100 is designed to enable CDMA2000® handsets that break new industry price barriers for emerging markets worldwide. In addition to supporting features such as downloadable polyphonic ringtones and color displays, the QSC1100 solution doubles talk time compared to currently available CDMA2000 handsets. Addressing the dramatic subscriber growth anticipated in emerging markets around the world, the QSC1100 solution features multiple technologies to dramatically improve network capacity by up to 100 percent.

“The QSC1100 enables our handset manufacturing partners to further extend their offerings in emerging markets by introducing compelling, attractive devices at new price points,” said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. “Working with all levels of the wireless ecosystem, QUALCOMM is able to meet a common goal of accelerating time to market for a wide variety of new handsets with differentiated features and superior user experiences.”

The QSC1100 solution's integration of baseband modem, RF transceiver, power management and system memory into a single chip reduces the number of discrete components required, reduces bill-of-materials costs and delivers board-area savings of more than 50 percent. Manufacturers can now offer smaller and sleeker designs at significantly lower price points and benefit from reduced development time for quicker time to market. The QSC1100 solution offers a wide range of features to deliver a superior user experience, including:

• Voice/SMS and support for downloadable polyphonic ringtones and wallpapers

• Up to twice the talk time of CDMA2000 handsets in the market today

• 65nm process technology for enhanced performance and cost effectiveness

• Multiple frequency operation, including 450MHz, 800MHz, 1900MHz and 2100MHz

• Multiple technologies that allow network operators to prioritize voice capacity or improve network capacity by up to 60 percent, or double the capacity within the same spectrum with the additional implementation of four-way receive diversity at the base station:

o Fourth Generation Vocoder™: a core voice codec suite giving network operators the flexibility to prioritize voice quality or network capacity

o QUALCOMM Linear Interference Cancellation: including pilot and traffic interference cancellation

• Support for color displays and speakerphone The QSC1100 solution is expected to sample by the second half of 2007.

For more information about QUALCOMM's single-chip products, visit www.cdmatech.com/singlechip.

QUALCOMM Contacts:

Kira Lee, QUALCOMM CDMA TechnologiesPhone: 1-858-845-7571 Email: qctpublicrelations@qualcomm.com

Jeremy James, Corporate Communications Phone: 1-858-651-1641 Email: corpcomm@qualcomm.com

Bill Davidson, Investor Relations Phone: 1-858-658-4813 Email: ir@qualcomm.com

KDDI To Launch ‘EZ News Flash’ Information Service For BCMCS-Equipped au

KDDI To Launch ‘EZ News Flash’ Information Service For BCMCS-Equipped au August 28, 2006 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular will begin offering "EZ News Flash," a new media service that will send the latest news and weather reports to au cellphones, from September 2006. The new service will come at no additional charge above information and connection fees.

"EZ News Flash" is an information distribution service that can deliver timely information to a large number of customers using BCMCS [1] multicasting. The service will allow a wide range of customers to check news, weather, and other information easily without complicated settings or operating procedures.

"EZ News Flash" constantly displays selected regional weather icons and primary, entertainment, sports, and other news via telops on cellphone standby displays, allowing users one-click access to more detailed information of interest. From this detailed information, users can also connect to related EZweb WIN portal sites, enabling easy access to an even wider range of information. Other functions that can be enjoyed on a daily basis include "Fortune" and "Today's Topics" (special reports and recommendations), and updates on the individual user-customizable portal site "au My Page." The service will also deliver convenient and useful information for customer lifestyles, including a natural disaster message board.

In conjunction with this service offer, KDDI will also launch "Weather Standby Display," a content service which is linked to and changes the display for selected regional weather information. [1] BCMCS (Broadcast and Multicasting Services) is a function which allows simultaneous transmissions to a large number of customers over one wireless channel.

KDDI Announces TV Phone And Group Phone Services For au

KDDI Announces TV Phone And Group Phone Services For au August 28, 2006 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to introduce a TV phone service from December 2006 that allows users to make calls to models of other cellular providers as well as a group TV phone service, enabling up to 5 people to converse at the same time using au-capable models.

The sending and receiving of high-quality moving images using the TV phone service and group TV phone service is achieved by the use of high data-transmission download speeds of 3.1Mbps and upload speeds of 1.8Mbps together with EV-DO Rev. A equipped with packet delay control function. The services will be available nationwide in the area currently served by CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO, but in the EV-DO Rev. A area users will enjoy smoother moving images.

SK Telecom Releases ‘PocketOne’ Service

SK Telecom Releases ‘PocketOne’ Service August 28, 2006 - From August 28, SK Telecom (CEO Shin-Bae Kim, www.sktelecom.com) begins "PocketOne" services, a wireless, wireline integrated business support solution which can be used via the PC in the office and the mobile phone or PDA out-of-doors.

"PocketOne" is a wireless, wireline integerated business support solution which assists private businessmen, small and medium commerce, professionals or start-up entrepreneurs that must manage numerous customers and clients, through the PocketOne website (www.pocketone.co.kr) when in the office, and the mobile phone or PDA when out of the office or on a business trip.

Major services of PocketOne include 1) client management (schedule management, business management, service management, 100~130 free text messages), 2) groupware (mail, address book, bulletin board, e-settlement), 3) account book (receipts/withdrawals management, resource management), and is useful for individuals, private businesses and SMEs.

Managing Director Im Gyu-Gwan, head of SK Telecom's Solutions Business Division, remarked "The greatest competitiveness of PocketOne services is the low usage fee compared to similar existing services, and its ability to be used out-of-doors. PocketOne will greatly enhance the business productivity of individuals, small businesses and small and medium commerce, and we will develop it into a representative wireless/wireline linked U-Office solution that can be used easily and stably."

The service usage fee ranges from a minimum of KRW 5,000 to KRW 18,000 per month per individual in private businesses and small companies, and can be subscribed to through PocketOne's website(www.pocketone.co.kr).

From College To Elementary School, Verizon Wireless Has The Hottest Phones For Back To School

From College To Elementary School, Verizon Wireless Has The Hottest Phones For Back To School BASKING RIDGE, NJ — August 28, 2006 —As the calendar creeps towards September, students are sharpening their pencils and zipping up their book bags. Before fastening on a brand-new thinking cap, stop by and visit Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, for all of your communication and entertainment needs this back to school season.

Fashionistas Crave Chocolate Stressing over your back to school wardrobe? There’s no need to study the fall style guides for ideas on what will be sweet this fall – Chocolate by LG is this fall’s hottest accessory. Exclusively available in the U.S. to Verizon Wireless customers, Chocolate is the coolest and most functional wireless device to hit the streets with its sleek sliding design, powerful speakers and dedicated music keys for easy access to V CAST Music. Chocolate gives you access to more than 1.3 million songs from major labels and independent providers, storage for up to 1,000 s ongs on an optional 2GB microSDTM card and the ability to rock out to mp3 files. With more than 20 genres of music to choose from, V CAST Music is sure to have the jams for any activity – be it classical music for a study session or rock for the weekends.

MVP: Most Valuable Phone

Verizon Wireless’ LG VX8300 is ready to keep you connected this fall. Featuring V CAST Music, the LG VX8300 will be the quarterback for your mobile life. Equipped with TXT, FLIX and PIX Messaging capabilities, the LG VX8300 makes connecting with friends and family an easy play. After the winning goal during Friday night’s game, cue up your team’s victory song on the LG VX8300’s stereo speakers and let V CAST Music fuel the victory dance.

Aspiring Photojournalists Take Note: A 3.2 Megapixel Camera Phone

Relax and let Verizon Wireless’ Samsung SCH-a990 be your personal photographer this fall. Featuring a 3.2 megapixel camera and V CAST Music, t he Samsung SCH-a990 makes photo sharing a breeze with the ab! ility to send photos directly to Bluetooth®-compatible printers. Also, slide shows for a large group are simpler than a pop quiz: simply hook the Samsung SCH-a990 up to a TV to view your fall memories on the big screen.

Accessories that Rock

Make your V CAST Music experience deserving of some kudos from the music teacher. The Music Essentials Kit includes everything you’ll need to move your music from a PC and onto a V CAST Music phone. Flex your memory – on your phone, with microSD cards. With memory capacity ranging from 256 MB to 2 GB, these cards are ready to handle extra credit. For an advanced studies experience, pair your V CAST phone with Bluetooth stereo headsets and you’ll be on the fast track to the head of the class.

For the Youngsters

Before you cut the crusts off the kids’ school lunch sandwiches, connect their busy lives back to home base with the LG Migo. The Migo is specially designed for kids and feature s four parental-controlled speed dial numbers and an emergency key. Plus, the Migo is compatible with Verizon Wireless’ Chaperone service that helps parents find the location of their child’s Migo phones via their Verizon Wireless handsets or on the Chaperone Web site (www.verizonwireless.com/chaperone).

Pricing and Availability

Great back to school phones and accessories are available for every budget; all phone prices are with a new two-year customer agreement:

Chocolate by LG $149.99*

LG VX8300 $69.99*

Samsung SCH-a990 $349.99*

LG Migo $49.99

Music Essentials Kit $29.99

2 GB microSD card $99.99

1 GB microSD card $59.99

Bluetooth stereo headset $99.99

*After $50 mail-in rebate

Verizon Wireless phones and accessories are available in more than 2,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country, including locations in Circuit City, and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

For more information about Verizon Wireless’ products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info

Brenda Boyd Raney Brenda.Raney@verizonwireless.com 908-559-7518

Bakrie Telekom's EV-DO Network Deployed By Huawei Is Launched In Indonesia

Bakrie Telekom's EV-DO Network Deployed By Huawei Is Launched In Indonesia [BANDUNG – 25 August 2006] Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. a leader in providing next generation networks for telecommunications operators around the world, today announces that Bakrie Telekom's CDMA2000 1x EV-DO network constructed by Huawei in Bandung of Indonesia is launched and provides commercial service.

Bakrie Telekom is one of the pioneers in Indonesia's telecommunication industry that provides affordable fixed wireless services to customers. In 2005, Bakrie Telekom choosed Huawei to deploy CDMA2000 1x 800M network in 10 cities including Bandung, Cirebon, Indramayu, Kuningan, Taksikmalaya, Purwakarta etc. Bakrie is expected to commercially launch its more CDMA2000 1x EV-DO by early 2007.

With the launch, Bakrie Telekom will be able to offer faster access of up to 2Mps and wider selection of advanced voice and data application services such as Video-On-Demand, video messaging and high-speed Internet access.

The deployment of CDMA2000 1X EV-DO network by Huawei is also expected to improve user experience and enhance customer satisfaction, as it is a better solution for communities that have limited or no telecommunication and Internet access.

Huawei's CDMA2000 1x EV-DO solution provides abundant broadcasting streaming through the sharing of channel. Also, Large amount of patented algorithm with excellent performance has been introduced.

The good performance of Huawei EV-DO is recognized by many operators in the world. To date, Huawei has won 20 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO commercial contracts and is serving over 40 million subscribers globally. In November 2005, Frost & Sullivan ranked Huawei "Top Three" in the global CDMA2000 1X/1x EV-DO market. As part of Huawei's vision of enriching people's lives through communication, Huawei is committed to bringing excellent services and innovative technologies to its consumers.

Verizon Wireless And Samsung Unveil New Value-Inspired Camera Phone

Verizon Wireless And Samsung Unveil New Value-Inspired Camera Phone BASKING RIDGE, NJ and DALLAS — August 24, 2006 — Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless network, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) today announced the availability of the SCH-a870, a new value-inspired camera phone designed with the mobile family in mind.

The SCH-a870 combines Samsung’s popular clamshell design with a host of capabilities such as Bluetooth® wireless technology, speakerphone, Location Based Services such as VZ NavigatorSM, VoiceSignal™’s speech recognition, Web browsing and camera and video functionality. In addition, for those interested in gaming, the SCH-a870 comes with VibeTonz® technology which will allow customers to download and feel the beat of games and ring tones.

“The a870 was designed to satisfy the needs of today’s mobile family,” said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president, Samsung. “It is a feature rich camera phone that we believe is not only best in class, but sets a new standard for today’s value driven mobile phones.”

Key features of the new Samsung SCH-a870 available through Verizon Wireless include:

• Tri-Mode, with CDMA dual band, tri-mode network access, digital and analog

• Get It Now® -capable – download games, ring tones, wallpapers and more

• Mobile Web 2.0SM-capable – customizable, enhanced wireless access to the latest in news, sports, weather and more

• Bluetooth wireless technology support for certain profiles

• VibeTonz – a dynamic technology for ring tones that vibrate to the beat of the melody so users can truly feel the music and allows users to assign unique vibrations for caller identification and various types of messages

• VZ Navigator-capable – get audible turn by turn directions and location information from the phone

• Personal Organizer (Calendar, Alarm Clock, World Clock, Notepad and Calculator)

• Speakerphone

• Advanced Speech Recognition by VoiceSignal

• Dual displays:

o Internal: 128x160 Pixel, 65K TFT Color

o External: 96 x 96 Pixel, 65K STN

• Dimensions: 3.6” x 1.8” x 0.85” 3.4 ounces with standard battery

• Bilingual user interface: English and Spanish

• Talk time: up to 200 minutes of talk time or up to 170 hours of standby time

The SCH-a870 is available today for $49.99 after $50 mail in rebate with a two-year customer agreement in more than 2,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

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

Media Contact Info

Brenda Boyd Raney Brenda.Raney@verizonwireless.com 908-306-4834

Kristen Kelly MWW Group for Samsung Mobile kkelly@mww.com 972-231-2990

Hit 'Em Hard, Hit 'Em Fast With Sprint And EA's Madden NFL 07

Hit ''Em Hard, Hit ''Em Fast With Sprint And EA''s Madden NFL 07 RESTON, Va. — 08/24/2006 — Football season is almost here - and today, Sprint and Electronic Arts primed the pump for die-hard fans. The highly anticipated EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 07 is now available for purchase and download to select* Sprint phones. Madden NFL 07 costs $3.49 per month or $6.99 for a lifetime license to Sprint customers.

Now, Sprint customers can enjoy hard-hitting, authentic Madden NFL 07 action anywhere at any time. Long acknowledged as the definitive gridiron video game experience, Madden NFL 07 features over 50 plays from the real Madden playbook. Players will experience 11 on 11 play with NFL licensed players, rosters and all 32 NFL teams. And, on some Sprint mobile phones, John Madden and Al Michaels provide commentary along the way.

Sprint customers also enjoy exclusive access to the Game Lobby, which allows players to post and compare their scores via daily and all-time "leaderboards" with fellow Madden NFL 07 enthusiasts from around the United States. In addition, the Sprint Game Lobby also allows players to recommend Madden NFL 07 to friends and family members using Sprint phones.

Sprint Sponsors Fifth Annual EA Sports Madden Challenge

Sprint customers who can't get enough Madden action will want to register for the Fifth Annual EA SPORTS Madden Challenge. The competition, sponsored by Sprint, begins Sept. 1; it is the only official EA tournament to crown the best player of Madden NFL 07. Winners will come from 31 regional competitions as well as an online qualifying spot.

The winners from the 26 U.S. cities, five NFL international tournaments and the online competition will advance to the Finals, held during Pro Bowl week (week of Feb. 8, 2007) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The winner of the 2006 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge presented by Best Buy will receive a grand prize package, including a check for $100,000 and the winners of each regional competition will receive $1,000.

The 2006 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge, presented by Best Buy and sponsored by Microsoft and Sprint, will test the skills of thousands of gamers on Madden NFL 07, on both the Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles. The professional division (consisting of up to 512 competitors at each regional stop) will feature competition on the Xbox® system and a new Xbox 360™ Division (64 competitors at each stop) will feature next-gen play on the Xbox 360 console. The regional winner from each professional division will advance to the finals in Hawaii.

For 2006 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Tournament information, including Tournament Official Rules and online registration, players can go to the official EA SPORTS Madden Challenge website at www.maddenchallenge.com.

*Currently, EA Sports Madden NFL 07 is available for the following Sprint wireless phones: Samsung: SPH-A900; SPH-A920; SPH-A940; SPH-A960; SPH-A620; SPH-A660; SPH-A680; PM-740; SPH-A820; SPH-A840. Sanyo: SCP8100; SCP7300; SCP7500PM8200; MM7400; MM5600; SCP2300; SCP8300; SCP9000; 4930. LG: MM-535; PM-325; PM-225.

Media contacts:

Dave DeVries, Sprint: 312-235-6901 david.devries@sprint.com

Tammy Schachter, for EA Mobile: 650-628-7223 tschachter@ea.com

Wendy Spander, for Madden NFL 07: 650-628-7929 wspander@ea.com

Sprint Launches Unique Program To Offer Mobility Solutions For Business Customers

Sprint Launches Unique Program To Offer Mobility Solutions For Business Customers RESTON, Va. — 08/24/2006 — Sprint today announced the launch of the "Sprint Advanced Wireless Solutions" program to provide business customers with complete end-to-end mobility solution delivery capability. This program offers businesses a one-stop shop, single contract and centralized bill, with every element of a mobility solution including the hardware, application software, mobile voice and data usage, professional services, and Sprint-centralized customer care - packaged together for easy deployment and maintenance.

By leveraging Sprint's extensive technology backbone and partner relationships, Sprint will address specific customer needs to help optimize business processes. Customers will benefit from insight into asset and resource location, operations and status; access to critical information required for process optimization; greater automation leading to reduced process errors and redundancies; information transfer required for time-sensitive decision-making; and increased asset uptime stemming from enhanced maintenance, problem detection and response times.

Sprint works with leading technology partners like Air-Trak, Antenna Software, Apacheta, MCC, Mobicor, Omnilink Systems and Xora to bring enhanced mobile solutions to the marketplace.

"As companies seek to enable their businesses wirelessly, they want to work with partners who understand them," said Gene Signorini, vice president of Yankee Group's Enterprise Applications and Mobile Solutions research. "With the introduction of Sprint Advanced Wireless Solutions, customers will experience the benefits of wireless solutions that are suited to their business needs. Combining applications, devices, network capabilities and ongoing support are a key example of the attention Sprint pays to solutions delivery."

Sprint Advanced Wireless Solutions is ideal for mid-size businesses, enterprise customers and government agencies, including local and state government, healthcare, utilities and education. The solutions offer a range of options from field service automation to mobile asset management to equipment diagnostics and more.

"Given the needs of our customer base, we are committed to providing first-in-class solutions that simplify the deployment process where Sprint serves as the single point of contact to analyze, implement and support all the customer's needs," said Wayne Ward, vice president of solutions engineering for Sprint. "We are pleased to offer this integrated solutions program that helps customers increase their return on investment, reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and enhance internal and external customer satisfaction."

The Sprint Advanced Wireless Solutions program currently offers six operational enhancement solutions with four additional solutions planned for later in the year:

1. Field Service Automation: coordinates and automates many of the tasks associated with scheduling, dispatching, field communication, work order and activity tracking.

2. Route Accounting: captures and reports sales and delivery data, accesses product and order information, adjusts invoices, tracks product returns and manages inventory.

3. Fleet Dispatch & Resource Management: performs complete lifecycle management on fleet of vehicles.

4. Mobile Asset Management: designed to provide location, tracking, accountability and maintenance data on all company assets including inventory.

5. Mobile IT Helpdesk Management: automates all the tasks of IT trouble ticket management processes including allocation of trouble tickets, activity tracking, ticket status update and closure.

6. Field Sales: provides mobile sales agent and customer relationship management for all field sales organizations.

Coming Soon:

1. Healthcare Provider Solutions: provides automated charge capture and billing systems, access to clinical and lab results, and electronic prescription ordering with direct pharmacy routing and physician references.

2. Equipment Diagnostics – Equipment Rental: uses telemetry and embedded mobile-to-mobile (M2M) communications systems to automate many tasks associated with deploying, scheduling and maintaining heavy equipment fleets.

3. Fixed Assets: tracks fixed assets in the field for equipment maintenance, customer service and operations.

4. Public Safety Solutions: solutions for public safety organizations like homeland security and police.

Sprint Advanced Wireless Solutions provides businesses with targeted solutions that take the guesswork out of business processes and demonstrate the power of wireless mobility to help achieve customer satisfaction, improve cost efficiency and maximize return on investment.

Media Contact:

Cheryl Hawkins, 703-928-5201 cheryl.hawkins@sprint.com

SK Telecom Launches Text Manager - Forwarding Plus Services

SK Telecom Launches Text Manager - Forwarding Plus Services Aug. 23. 2006 -- Text messages no longer play a supporting role in communications, but are now a common, main mode of communication. They are not only a means of communication, but also an important method for information delivery.

The frustration one feels when one cannot receive an important text message is inexpressible. When the text message has been automatically deleted because the message box has reached its limit, when one has left their mobile phone at home, or the power is off, making it impossible to check an important text message... An additional service has been released to resolve such inconvenient situations.

The "Text Manager" service that SK Telecom has launched is a comprehensive messaging manager service that manages the text messages and color mail (MMS) sent and received via mobile phone. Text messages and color mail sent and received via mobile phone can be viewed, searched and saved, and replies can also be sent.

Subscribers to this service can save 2,000 text messages and 30 MMS messages (up to 10 megabytes), with a monthly fee of KRW 900. The service can be used for free together with the free 100 messages provided each month on the Web to SK Telecom customers, and a per message fee of KRW 30 when exceeding the number of free provisions.

Also, with the "Text Manager" services, sent and received messages can be searched by number and name, and the"My Log" function allows saved messages to be decorated with a photo to save in one's PC or to send to a friend via email. There are also diverse functions such as "Fun Text Statistics", that allows messages frequently sent or received to be viewed by date or ranking.

To enable customers to experience the convenience of the "Text Manager", SK Telecom is holding an event for free application to the "Text Manager" from August 24 to the end of September. Those that subscribe during this period can use the services for free for one month. Prizes such as a Honda motorcycle, Sony laptop, Sony DSLR camera, Lamborghini bicycle, and Tiffany couple ring will also be provided during the event.

The service can be applied to via wireless Nate - "My" -> "monthly flat fee" -> "Text Manager" - as well as through the NateOn text transmission window (Free Plus), E-station (www.e-station.com), and SK T-World(www.sktworld.com).

When a user has left his/her mobile phone at home, voice calls can still be received through call forwarding, but text messages could not be received until now.

To resolve such problems, on August 25 SK Telecom launched the "Forwarding Plus" services, and text messages can be forward at KRW 1,500 per month, while a fee of KRW 1,900 allows usage with call forwarding services. By the second half of this year, services will also be provided for forwarding of MMS messages.

Services can be applied to through online, offline, mobile customer centers and SK Telecom agencies.

ZTE To Reinforce Market Presence At Jakarta CDMA Exhibition

ZTE To Reinforce Market Presence At Jakarta CDMA Exhibition August 23, 2006 -- ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, will showcase its latest range of 3G solutions and services at the forthcoming INDONESIA CDMA Exhibition, due to take place in Jakarta´s Convention Centre, 23rd - 27th August. At the show, ZTE will highlight the commercial advantages of its All-IP CDMA network technology and its CDMA-based GoTa Digital Trunking architecture.

In April this year, ZTE became the first telecoms equipment provider with the capability to successfully deploy All-IP CDMA2000 solutions based on the IOS V5.0 standard for commercial use worldwide. ZTE´s digital trunking system GoTa (Global open Trunking architecture) was previously introduced as a means to offer enhanced push-to-talk services based on CDMA2000 technology.

"As the first Chinese-developed digital trunking system and one of the first patented telecoms technologies to be licensed to major international telecoms providers outside China, ZTE´s CDMA-based GoTa system will be a highlight of the show," said Mr. Cui Yi, President of ZTE Asia Pacific. "Together with our All-IP technology, it offers operators a clear path to superior network infrasturcture and to new, revenue-enhancing services upon which operators in the modern telecoms environment increasingly depend."

ZTE´s combined All-IP CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A solution carriers several advantages for operators including vocoder savings, large savings on transmission costs, better QoS (Quality of Service) and improved voice definition.

During the exhibition, ZTE will demonstrate cutting-edge CDMA 3G technologies and solutions, including a 3GCN CDMA2000 ALL-IP Core Network Solution, an ALL-IP base station controller (BSCB), a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO mobile communications system and its GoTa digital trunking system. In addition to telecoms infrastructure, ZTE will also showcase CDMA mobile phones and GoTa terminals. ZTE´s unique All-IP CDMA2000 and GoTa technologies are currently deployed in nearly 60 countries by over 100 operators with a global capacity of more than 30 million lines.

ZTE´s CDMA products were introduced to Indonesia in 2004, since which time ZTE has established itself as a leading player in the local market. In April this year, ZTE also established a training center in Bandung in partnership with nationally renowned telecoms educational institution, STT-TELKOM in order to make telecoms training accessible to students and customers across the country.

Media Contact:

James WenPR manager, ZTETel: +86-755-26775206Email: james@zte.com.cn

Verizon Wireless Extends Wireless Broadband Network To New York Capital Region

Verizon Wireless Extends Wireless Broadband Network To New York Capital Region ALBANY, NY — August 23, 2006 — Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded its wide-area wireless broadband service to the Capital Region, giving local customers access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices. BroadbandAccess and V CAST are also launching in the Buffalo-Niagara Region this week. Both markets join the Rochester and Syracuse markets where these services were launched last summer.

With the expansion, Verizon Wireless customers in the Capital Region are able to access the company’s two wireless broadband services – BroadbandAccess and V CAST – while traveling throughout the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls, as well as dozens of surrounding towns and villages.

BroadbandAccess is the company’s high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. It provides average access speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps). The service gives customers the ability to connect to the Internet using a PC card that slides directly into most laptop computers and enables a download of a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment (the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file) in about 20 seconds.

V CAST is a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and video content on demand, including news, weather and sports updates, clips from popular TV programs, music videos, movie trailers, 3D games, and more. With V CAST Music, customers can browse and download songs from the V CAST Music library directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled phone or Windows® XP-enabled PC. The V CAST Music library contains more than 1.3 million songs.

Both services are based on the company’s Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network technology.

“This expansion is part of our continuing focus on investing in our network reliability and providing innovative high-speed data services to our customers across the country and right here in Eastern New York,” said Ken Dixon, president of Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region. “With BroadbandAccess, Capital Region mobile professionals and business customers will now be able to take their desktop experience with them, allowing them to wirelessly access their Microsoft Outlook® calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind corporate firewalls.

“With V CAST, consumers now have access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos, and advanced gaming available.”

Coverage

Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess coverage expansion in the Capital Region includes the area roughly from Lake George and Glens Falls down along the Northway through Saratoga Springs to Albany/Schenectady/Troy. (Customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless’ existing NationalAccess network in which customers experience average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, with bursts up to 144 kbps.)

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network coverage area now covers half the nation’s population.

Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion into its network in the last six years – $5 billion on average every year since 2000 when the company was formed – to ensure network reliability and increase coverage and capacity.

BroadbandAccess

BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

As an example of the productivity benefits the company’s wireless broadband provides to mobile and business professionals, construction supervisors can capture important details about building projects and wirelessly transmit the information to the contractor; food and beverage company representatives can re-order stock wirelessly while at the point of sale; and realtors can browse the latest MLS listings from a client’s living room and manage other tasks via BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs or laptops.

V CAST

The company’s high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia service, which offers consumers the ability to download full-length songs right to Verizon Wireless phones or via PCs. Customers can download songs directly to their phone for $1.99 and receive two copies of each song: one for the phone and one to download onto their PC. Or they can purchase songs online for 99 cents each and download a copy onto their phone via a USB cable for free. To access V CAST video content and games, customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a $15.00 monthly subscription added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan.

Pricing

For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with a new or existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access. A new two-year customer agreement is required. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. The company’s BroadbandAccess service is also available as an integrated option on select notebook computers: Dell (Latitude 620 and 820), Lenovo (ThinkPad Z60, T60 and X60) and HP (Compaq nc6140).

Media Contact Info

John O’Malley john.omalley@verizonwireless.com 585-321-7264 or 585-261-5899

Meredith Dropkin meredithd@mragroup.com 315-233-3000

ZTE To Expand World´s First Commercial IOS V5.0-based CDMA2000 Network

ZTE To Expand World´s First Commercial IOS V5.0-based CDMA2000 Network August 22, 2006 -- ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that it is to expand the world´s first IOS 5.0-based CDMA2000 system in Sri Lanka.Formerly Sri Lanka Telecom, owned by the Sri Lankan Government´s Telecommunication Ministry, it then became a limited company in 1996 with half of the shares owned by the Government.

In September 2005, SLT, the nation´s largest fixed line telecommunications service provider acquired an 800MHz CDMA license and called for international tenders for the first phase of a CDMA network to provide quality voice and Internet data access services and many other enhanced services for business and residential customers. In competition with major international CDMA vendors, ZTE won the initial contract based on its All-IP solution, taking on full responsibility for network construction.

SLT´s CDMA network consists of two softswitches. The first is in the capital city, Colombo, with the second in the historic city of Anuradhapura - in the central part of the Country. The deployment of this second phase means the SLT network will be enlarged to cover approximately 300,000 subscribers all over the island who have limited access to telecoms.

The Sri Lankan network was commissioned in October 2005 and in April this year it was converted to an IP based network following the announcement that ZTE had become the first telecoms equipment company with the capability to successfully deploy All-IP CDMA2000 solutions based on the IOS V5.0 standard for commercial use worldwide.

"ZTE´s customised solutions guarantee quality and cost-efficiency. The combination of attractive product and responsiveness to our needs gave us project efficiency that nobody else could match," said Mr Shuhei Anan, CEO at Sri Lanka Telecom. "This enlarged system will help us to focus on special areas which lack copper infrastructure such as the north, east and deep south of the country."

ZTE´s All-IP CDMA2000 solution is a carrier-class hardware platform providing open interfaces, advanced NGN softswitch technology and powerful functionality. Importantly, these features provide the necessary degree of compatibility for the new network to be integrated with the operator´s existing fixed-line infrastructure. The IP-based A interface enables more flexible network deployment and transmission and substantial cost savings for bandwidth transmission between the Media Gateway and Base Station Controller. It also offers cost savings for vocoders and interface cards, smooth future migration to IMS, improved voice quality and minimizes shelving, racks and space requirements.

ZTE All-IP solutions have also been commercially deployed in China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and a number of other countries.

Media Contact:

Margrete Ma ZTE CorporationTel: +86 755 26775207Email: ma.gaili@zte.com.cn

UTStarcom Launches The CDM7025 For Cricket

UTStarcom Launches The CDM7025 For Cricket HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Aug 22, 2006 -- UTStarcom Personal Communications, a division of UTStarcom, Inc., a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and services, announced today that the UTStarcom CDM7025 mobile handset is now available to Cricket customers. The clamshell-style CDM7025 is available at select Cricket retail stores and Cricket dealers for $129.99. With its sleek and stylish design that comes in black and silver, the CDM7025 features applications such as text messaging, Cricket Clicks(TM) for downloading ringtones, games, and wallpapers.

"The CDM7025 is designed to combine style and functionality at a reasonable price," said Philip Christopher, president of UTStarcom Personal Communications. "We expect Cricket customers will appreciate the phone's compact and lightweight form factor as well as its more advanced features."

Preloaded and downloaded images will be easy to view with the CDM7025. It features a 1.5" 65K color main display that supports popular image formats including BMP, GIF, JPEG and PNG. The phone also supports multiple audio formats such as QCELP, EVRC, MIDI and MP3, for high-quality sound.

"We are pleased to add the UTStarcom handset to our lineup of mobile phones, said Sergio Garcia, director of device strategy at Cricket Communications, Inc. "We're certain Cricket customers will agree that this mobile phone offers great design and features at an affordable price."

The tri-mode CDM7025 features a retractable antenna boosting its signal in areas of weak network coverage and is Travel Time(TM) roaming capable. It weighs just 3.2 ounces measuring 3.5" (h) x 1.9" (w) x 0.8" (d) and is equipped with voice activated dialing, built-in speakerphone, polyphonic ringtones, a 500-entry phone book, and enhanced battery life for up to 250 minutes of talk time and 320 hours standby time. It also has a HAC Compliance rating of M3 for the hearing impaired.

Contact:

Joe Vasquez, jvasquez@schwartz.com, or Deborah Grunbaum, dgrunbaum@schwartz.com, bothof G.S. Schwartz & Co., Inc., +1-212-725-4500, for UTStarcom

Verizon Wireless Extends Wireless Broadband Network To Buffalo-Niagara Area

Verizon Wireless Extends Wireless Broadband Network To Buffalo-Niagara Area BUFFALO, NY — August 22, 2006 — Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded its wide-area wireless broadband service to the Greater Buffalo-Niagara area, giving local customers access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices. BroadbandAccess and V CAST are also launching in the Capital Region this week. Both markets join the Rochester and Syracuse markets where these services were launched last summer.

With the expansion, Verizon Wireless customers in Erie and Niagara counties are able to access the company’s two wireless broadband services – BroadbandAccess and V CAST – while traveling throughout the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, as well as dozens of surrounding towns and villages.

BroadbandAccess is the company’s high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. It provides average access speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps). The service gives customers the ability to connect to the Internet using a PC card that slides directly into most laptop computers and enables a download of a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment (the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file) in about 20 seconds.

V CAST is a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and video content on demand, including news, weather and sports updates, clips from popular TV programs, music videos, movie trailers, 3D games, and more. With V CAST Music, customers can browse and download songs from the V CAST Music library directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled phone or Windows® XP-enabled PC. The V CAST Music library contains more than 1.3 million songs. Both services are based on the company’s Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network technology.

“This expansion is part of our continuing focus on investing in our network reliability and providing innovative high-speed data services to our customers across the country and right here in Western New York,” said Ken Dixon, president of Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region. “With BroadbandAccess, Buffalo-Niagara-area mobile professionals and business customers will now be able to take their desktop experience with them, allowing them to wirelessly access their Microsoft Outlook® calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind corporate firewalls.

“With V CAST, consumers now have access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos, and advanced gaming available.”

Coverage

Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess coverage expansion in the Buffalo-Niagara region includes the area roughly from Lockport to Hamburg, and from Lake Erie and the Niagara River to Pembroke. Buffalo-area customers traveling east along the Thruway now have BroadbandAccess and V CAST coverage all the way to Syracuse. (Customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless’ existing NationalAccess network in which customers experience average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, with bursts up to 144 kbps.)

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network coverage area now covers half the nation’s population. Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion into its network in the last six years – $5 billion on average every year since 2000 when the company was formed – to ensure network reliability and increase coverage and capacity.

BroadbandAccess

BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

As an example of the productivity benefits the company’s wireless broadband provides to mobile and business professionals, construction supervisors can capture important details about building projects and wirelessly transmit the information to the contractor; food and beverage company representatives can re-order stock wirelessly while at the point of sale; and realtors can browse the latest MLS listings from a client’s living room and manage other tasks via BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs or laptops.

V CAST

The company’s high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia service, which offers consumers the ability to download full-length songs right to Verizon Wireless phones or via PCs. Customers can download songs directly to their phone for $1.99 and receive two copies of each song: one for the phone and one to download onto their PC. Or they can purchase songs online for 99 cents each and download a copy onto their phone via a USB cable for free. To access V CAST video content and games, customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a $15.00 monthly subscription added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan.

Pricing

For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with a new or existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access. A new two-year customer agreement is required. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. The company’s BroadbandAccess service is also available as an integrated option on select notebook computers: Dell (Latitude 620 and 820), Lenovo (ThinkPad Z60, T60 and X60) and HP (Compaq nc6140).

Media Contact Info

John O’Malley john.omalley@verizonwireless.com585-321-7264 or 585-261-5899

Meredith Dropkin meredithd@mragroup.com315-233-3000

Emmys; Airplay Live Exclusively From Sprint Lets Viewers Play Along With Broadcast Using Wireless Phone

Emmys; Airplay Live Exclusively From Sprint Lets Viewers Play Along With Broadcast Using Wireless Phone Overland Park, Kan., and San Francisco — 08/22/2006 — Sprint subscribers looking to enhance their 58th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards experience have a new, techno-charged option this year with Emmys® AirPlay Live from Sprint. Beginning Aug. 22, Sprint and AirPlay Network, Inc., will unveil the exclusive application, free of additional charge, creating an interactive entertainment experience that lets Sprint subscribers use their wireless phones as easy-to-use gaming devices to play along with the live Emmy Awards broadcast and prove their TV expertise.

The game marks the first time television viewers can use their wireless phones to play along and compete during the live broadcast of a television event. Starting today, viewers can text the word "Emmy" to number 7777 on Sprint or Nextel phones to access the game and view the line-up of this year's Primetime Emmy categories.

Emmys Airplay Live is designed to allow players to compete against reality TV host Jeff Probst. As the live action unfolds, players can see how their predictions compare with the outcome and how they stack up against Probst, a predetermined group or the national audience. Players accrue points for correct answers and also have the opportunity to score bonus points by answering trivia questions during the live broadcast of the show.

"Our partnership with AirPlay is creating the ultimate opportunity for fan engagement and is a perfect complement to our Emmys sponsorship," said Tom Murphy, vice president of sponsorship marketing for Sprint. "Sprint is constantly developing ways for subscribers to experience and interact with the things they love by bringing them closer to the action."

"AirPlay is thrilled to be launching our exciting new technology with Sprint and the Emmys Broadcast," said Morgan Guenther, chairman and chief executive officer of AirPlay. "For the first time ever, we're combining the immediacy of a live television event with the interactivity of the mobile phone people already have beside them – watching television will never be the same."

"The Television Academy is always interested in bringing new technologies and new elements to each year's Emmy Awards telecast," noted Alan Perris, Chief Operating Officer of the Television Academy. "We think that Emmys Airplay Live from Sprint will offer terrific entertainment value in conjunction with our telecast."

Unique features of Emmys AirPlay Live include:

• Live Commentary – Get insight about the Emmy Awards and performances

• Celebrity Contestant – See how you match up against Jeff Probst's picks

• Real Time Polls – Live opinion polls let the viewers voice be heard

• Post Event Polls – Best dressed? Best acceptance speech?

Emmys AirPlay Live is available on select Sprint PCS Vision, Power Vision and Nextel phones. Sprint is the official communications service provider to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards, hosted by Conan O'Brien, will take place Sunday, Aug. 27, with a live broadcast on NBC at 8p/7c from Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Media Contacts:

Joel Shadle, Sprint, 703-906-2645 Joel.Shadle@sprint.com

Susan George, SutherlandGold for AirPlay, 415-860-2661 sgeorge@sutherlandgold.com

KDDI To Introduce World's First EV-DO Rev. A And BCMCS Mobile Services

KDDI To Introduce World''s First EV-DO Rev. A And BCMCS Mobile Services August 22, 2006 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to announce a world first expansion of the CDMA2000 1x EV-DO system, with an 'EV-DO Rev. A' data infrastructure to roll out from December 2006, with BCMCS (Broadcast and Multicast Services) to start from September. The companies launched the CDMA2000 1x EV-DO (EV-DO Rev. 0) standard in November 2003 as the CDMA 1X WIN service for au mobile phones, with more than 10 million users now enjoying EZ "Chaku Uta Full ®" [1] and other rich content on that system.

The new EV-DO Rev. A network sharply increases upload speed - 144 kbps to max 1.8 Mbps - as compared with the earlier EV-DO Rev. 0, enables delay control (QoS [2]), and is suited for bi-directional real-time IP communications. KDDI is moving toward "All IP" for transmitting data and voice via IP in "Ultra 3G" format, and plans to systematically deploy EV-DO Rev. A as the next mobile network base infrastructure beginning in December 2006.

The first service to use this technology will be TV phone service employing VoIP [3]. KDDI also plans to expand communications services in the future for VoIP voice calls, blogs, e-mail, and other functions. The EV-DO Rev. A coverage area will encompass all major cities nationwide by the end of Fiscal 2006 and will continue to expand after that.

BCMCS is a function for simultaneously broadcasting and multicasting content. Although conventional communications presently transmit identical content for individual users over different wireless channels, BCMCS dramatically increases efficiency of frequency usage and enables the previously impossible transmission of mass content, together with real-time improvements to allow simultaneous content transmission for many users over the same channel.

KDDI is introducing BCMCS functionality to expand its news and image content services. The service, available nationwide from September 2006, will roll out on presently existing EV-DO Rev. 0 facilities.

Save On Gas And Avoid Traffic This Fall With Verizon Wireless

Save On Gas And Avoid Traffic This Fall With Verizon Wireless BASKING RIDGE, NJ — August 22, 2006 — With record prices at the pump and the promise of more traffic on the roads as summer vacations come to an end, Verizon Wireless is highlighting several mobile services that help workers commute more efficiently during their morning and evening drives. Services such as VZ NavigatorSM, FuelFinder and TXT Traffic Alerts can help customers locate an unfamiliar destination, a nearby gas station with the best prices and avoid traffic congestion while on the road. For workers with flexible work arrangements who can avoid traffic and expensive fuel costs altogether by telecommuting, BroadbandAccess from Verizon Wireless securely connects to the Internet at broadband speeds, providing a convenient way to conduct business from the comfort of their homes, in coffee shops, at airports, and allows true mobility, rather than having to find a single “spot.”

With more traffic on the roads and the rising cost of fuel, commuters want services that can help them get the most out of a tank of gas. Services like VZ Navigator, FuelFinder and TXT Traffic Alerts from Verizon Wireless can help our customers make their commutes more efficient.

VZ Navigator

VZ Navigator uses Location Based Services (LBS), including mapping, audible turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to find over 14 million points of interest (like ATMs, restaurants and gas stations) so customers can find their way to meetings at new destinations quickly and easily. With VZ Navigator, customers see a map of their current location, with directions leading to a selected address, and hear turn-by-turn navigation with audible voice directions to any location in the U.S. VZ Navigator functions as an advanced navigation system on a wireless phone, but only costs a fraction of the price of vehicle-installed GPS devices and systems – perfect for customers who are constantly on-the-go.

VZ Navigator is available in the getGOING shopping aisle of the Get It Now® virtual store for $9.99 for unlimited monthly access or $2.99 for 24-hour use. Through September 19, customers can download a free 30-day trial of VZ Navigator on select Get It Now-enabled phones. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.

FuelFinder

Verizon Wireless customers can use their mobile phones to find the best price for gas – even before putting keys into the ignition. FuelFinder enables Verizon Wireless customers with Mobile Web 2.0SM-capable phones to search for the best deal on fuel by ZIP code, city or recent search, with regular updates on over 110,000 stations from coast to coast as often as every two hours. In addition, Verizon Wireless customers can view an interactive color map on their phones that plots out FuelFinder’s results and provides turn-by-turn directions to any selected gas station.

FuelFinder is available on Mobile Web 2.0-capable phones for $1.99 monthly access. Mobile Web 2.0 is available for $5.00 monthly access, plus airtime and can be self-provisioned, eliminating the need for Verizon Wireless customers to call customer service or visit a Verizon Wireless Communication Store to sign up for the service. Customers simply register for Mobile Web 2.0 on their Mobile Web-capable handset and gain access to information and content right from their wireless handsets.

TXT Traffic Alert Service

Commuters using the Verizon Wireless TXT Traffic Alert Service can choose their preferred routes and designate which times of the day they would like to receive traffic update alerts, while saving time, fuel costs and overall frustration while staying informed of changing traffic information.

Customers can register for TXT Traffic Alerts by visiting www.vtext.com, Verizon Wireless’ TXT Messaging companion Web site, and selecting which traffic alerts they wish to receive. There is no charge to set up alerts, but standard TXT Messaging rates apply for TXT Traffic Alerts received.

BroadbandAccess and BroadbandAccess Connect

Verizon Wireless’ nationally recognized BroadbandAccess service allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, their corporate intranet and e-mail at broadband speeds while away from the office, making it a great option for commuters that want to avoid the road and work remotely. Available for use with a PC Card or with select wireless phones when used as a modem, BroadbandAccess is rapidly becoming the standard for wireless connectivity in the business world and offers another option for customers who view office mobility and speed as a competitive advantage for their business.

BroadbandAccess delivers average connection speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second, helping customers stay in touch with co-workers, customers and business partners and is available for use with several PC Cards.

BroadbandAccess Connect delivers the same speeds as Verizon Wireless’ award-winning BroadbandAccess service, but uses a simple cable connection from a wireless phone to a laptop, providing a cost-effective solution for customers who do not want to purchase a separate PC card to access the Internet from their laptop.

Customers with any monthly Verizon Wireless voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access for an additional $59.99 monthly access. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access.

Customers with BroadbandAccess Connect-capable phones select from three BroadbandAccess Connect pricing options:

• Customers with a select Verizon Wireless BlackBerry, PDA or smartphone and an unlimited data plan with qualifying voice plan can get unlimited BroadbandAccess Connect for $15.00 monthly access.

• Customers with a select Verizon Wireless BlackBerry, PDA or smartphone can get BroadbandAccess Connect with an unlimited data plan for $30 monthly access.

• Customers with select wireless phones from Verizon Wireless, such as The V and VX8100 from LG or the RAZR V3c and E815 from Motorola, and eligible voice plan can get unlimited BroadbandAccess Connect for $59.99 monthly access. To use the phone as a modem, customers must have a separately purchased Mobile Office Kit, which is available for $39.99.

Services available on certain phones and devices and within specific coverage areas; 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 908-559-7519

Sprint Nextel And Rave Wireless Introduce Innovative Mobile Solutions For College Campuses

Sprint Nextel And Rave Wireless Introduce Innovative Mobile Solutions For College Campuses Reston, VA — 08/21/2006 — Sprint and Rave Wireless (www.ravewireless.com) have partnered to offer a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive suite of mobile solutions that deliver instant communications, enhance student safety and generate a greater sense of community at higher–education campuses across the country. Beginning in the fall semester of 2006, students at Allen University in South Carolina and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), will have greater access to features such as group text messaging and polling, campus directories, university events calendar and class schedules thanks to customized handset data applications created by Rave Wireless. Sprint's state-of-the-art network and unique location-based services, combined with Rave Wireless' mobile applications and program management create a complete solution for higher education institutions.

"Sprint's partnership with Rave Wireless strengthens our commitment to enhance the learning environment for higher education institutions across the nation," said Craig Carroll, national director of education for Sprint. "Our relationships with Allen University and UMES, highlights the diverse appeal of our solutions to campuses of all sizes by integrating technology into the classroom experience from both a learning and teaching perspective."

A big issue for many universities is the safety and security of students on campus. Allen University, located in Columbia, S.C., is working with Sprint and Rave Wireless to provide all full-time students with GPS-capable handsets, preloaded with data applications including the award-winning Rave Guardian application that provides a greater level of security by allowing the school's public safety officials to identify a student’s location, if requested by the student, by integrating GPS- location into the school's public safety system. In addition, the mobile phones, referred to as an 'e-learning tool' by the school administration, will foster strong student-faculty relationships by facilitating real-time communication, course information and in-class assessments.

"Allen University is pleased to integrate leading technologies into the fabric of our university that will both enhance academics and create a safer environment for students to learn," said Anthony Spearman, vice president of operations and professor of physics, Allen University. "We are dedicated to providing an easy and cost-effective way to communicate with students, professors and campus safety officials. Sprint and Rave Wireless are delivering a solution that not only meets our needs but also gives our students instant access to critical content and peer groups that keep them connected to the university family."

Starting this fall, UMES will also offer the Sprint solution with Rave applications to all incoming students. Through a state-of-the-art dual-network Custom Network Solution (CNS) designed for this campus, Sprint has created a unified messaging platform for students and faculty to communicate, especially helpful during an emergency or national catastrophe.

"Mobile phones, the preferred way to communicate for today’s youth, are now a part of the education curriculum at UMES," said Ron Forsythe, vice president of planning, assessment and technology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. "Innovation-driven companies like Sprint and Rave Wireless provide us with the tools and solutions to keep our students informed, secure and always connected. We expect instant communication to be a big hit amongst our students."

Rave Wireless' applications, available on both the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network and the Nextel National Network, provide students with the flexibility to access campus-specific content and services through mobile phones from just about anywhere and at any time. The solution deployed at UMES also includes Rave Guardian, which provides students with a greater level of security and added peace-of-mind.

"We are very excited to partner with Sprint Nextel, a company that strongly believes in providing innovative and differentiated solutions to customers," says Rodger Desai, CEO, Rave Wireless. "Sprint Nextel's unique network and billing capabilities further strengthen the options Rave Wireless is able to offer colleges and universities as they transform the mobile phone into an educational and community building tool."

To learn more about Sprint solutions for higher education, visit www.sprint.com/highereducation.

Media Contacts:

Sukhi Sahni, Sprint, 703-592-7779 Sukhi.Sahni@sprint.com

Lynn Schwartz, Rave Wireless, (973) 736-7118 press@ravewireless.com

Pantech Announces Agreement With Alltel For U.S. Launch Of PN-218 Handset

Pantech Announces Agreement With Alltel For U.S. Launch Of PN-218 Handset Seoul, South Korea - August 18 2006: Pantech Group, the number two mobile phone manufacturer in South Korea, today announced that it has signed an agreement for the supply of its compact PN-218 handset to Alltel Wireless, owner and operator of America’s largest wireless network.

The Pantech PN-218 phone - a CDMA handset to be sold by Alltel under the Pantech brand in the U.S. - is targeted at young, trend conscious consumers and incorporates an enhanced, compact unique design to provide users with a superior yet practical range of easy to use applications.

Mike Cost, COO of Pantech Wireless, Inc., said: “The PN-218 is a notable addition to our product offering in the U.S., in that it offers users a hardy, compact handset which nonetheless features an exceptional number of applications. We are confident that the phone will have a widespread appeal for American mobile phone users and, as a result, will help us to further consolidate our presence in the U.S.”

The PN-218 phone is just 3.02 inches long, 2.15 inches wide and 0.96 inches thick with the flip closed, yet boasts a bright color screen and a rugged construction. The handset is equipped with a VGA camera with flash and zoom, as well as Ringtone shuffler, high-speed data transmission and picture/ringtone Caller ID.

Pantech plans to ramp up sales in the U.S. by 20% in 2006, through a greater focus on developing its brand awareness and an increase in direct supplies to major service operators. Direct supplies to U.S. service operators, through Pantech Wireless, are expected to account for 70% of its exports to the North American market this year.

Pantech is currently supplying Pantech-branded CDMA handsets to a couple of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). As part of its strategy to boost its operations in the North American GSM market, Pantech has also been supplying branded GSM handsets in the U.S.

Pantech PN-218 features include:

- Display: Main-1.8” 260K TFT LCD(160x128) Sub-1.0” 65K color CSTN LCD (96x64)

- Dimension: 2.15x3.02x0.96 inches/Weight: 3.84 ounces

- VGA Camera with built in flash and digital zoom

- Axcess picture messaging/ Axcess mobile web

- BREWTM 2.1 capable - Includes RealTone Jukebox and Bop-It! by Hasbro

- Caller ID Call waiting/ Call forwarding/ Three way calling

- Speakerphone/Voice memo/Ringtone shuffler/ Picture and ringtone

Media Contacts:

Pantech

In Soo Nam, nam.insoo@pantech.com, +822-2030-1931

Eun Sil Koh, summer1004@pantech.com, +822-2030-1933

Edelman

Charles Hogan, charles.hogan@edelman.com, +822-2022-8207

Jill Lee, jill.lee@edelman.com, +822-2022-8229

Verizon Wireless Extends Rollout Of Wireless Broadband Network To Wichita, Kansas

Verizon Wireless Extends Rollout Of Wireless Broadband Network To Wichita, Kansas WICHITA, KS — August 18, 2006 — Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network to Wichita.

The expansion means that Verizon Wireless customers can access the company’s high-speed wireless broadband network while traveling throughout Wichita and surrounding towns and will be able to enjoy two additional services: BroadbandAccess, the company’s high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers, with average user speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps); and V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and short content on demand, including cutting-edge 3D games, music videos, news, weather, sports and more.

“This expansion is part of our continuing focus on investing in our network reliability and providing innovative high-speed data services to our customers in Wichita and across the country,” said Mark Crumpton, president – Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. “With BroadbandAccess, Wichita’s mobile and business professionals now will be able to take their desktop experience wherever they go in the coverage area, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind corporate firewalls.”

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Wichita is the latest metropolitan market to be added to Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network coverage area, now available to half the nation’s population.

BroadbandAccess

BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

Business customers can access information when they are on the road—at customer locations, at job sites or in taxis—with BroadbandAccess. With data transmission bursts up to above 2 megabits per second (mbps), BroadbandAccess customers could download a 1 megabyte e-mail attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file) or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 20 seconds. Also, customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless’ existing NationalAccess network, in which customers experience average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps with bursts up to 144 kbps.

“This service gives our enterprise customers two key advantages in wireless communication—speed and mobility,” said Crumpton. “With that comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits.”

V CAST

The company’s high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to the handset with transmission speeds capable of bursts of 2 mbps. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of broadcasts, from breaking news and weather to sports highlights, the hottest entertainment clips and more.

V CAST Music, available to customers with V CAST Music-enabled handsets, is the world’s most comprehensive, over-the-air mobile music download service. Customers with V CAST Music can download full song tracks directly to their Verizon Wireless handsets or to PCs equipped with Windows® XP operating software. The V CAST Music on demand service includes access to a catalog of more than 1.3 million songs.

Coverage

BroadbandAccess and V CAST coverage spans the entire Wichita loop from Interstate 235 west to Kansas Highway 96 and includes Mid-Continent Airport and McConnell Air Force Base. Coverage extends north from Wichita to Sunnydale and Valley Center, south to Derby, west to Goddard, St. Mark and Maize, and east to Leon, El Dorado and Towanda. BroadbandAccess and V CAST services already are available in Lawrence and the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Product Offering

BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with an existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access. A new two-year customer agreement is required. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option on select notebook computers, including laptops from Dell, Lenovo, HP and Toshiba.

Wireless PC Cards for BroadbandAccess customers include the Verizon Wireless PC 5740, Verizon Wireless V620 and Kyocera KPC 650. In addition, several handsets have the ability to “tether” to a laptop’s USB port, with the purchase of a Mobile Office Kit. BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs offered by Verizon Wireless include the Motorola Q®, the Palm® Treo™ 700w and the Palm®Treo™ 700p.

To access V CAST video and games, customers need a V CAST-enabled handset and a $15.00 monthly subscription added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan.

Customers with a V CAST Music-enabled handset can pay as they go to download songs on their phone for $1.99 per song plus airtime, download songs to their PC for as little as $0.99, and transfer their existing compatible digital music collection to their V CAST Music-enabled handset or memory card for free from their PC. Purchases from the handset include two copies of every song—one for the handset and one for the PC.

For more information, about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a local Verizon Wireless Communications Store or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info

Cheryl Bini Armbrecht Verizon Wireless 314-920-4922

Jessica Spencer-Gardner For Verizon Wireless 913-660-9638

Huawei Wins CDMA Contract From Nigeria's Multi-Links

Huawei Wins CDMA Contract From Nigeria''s Multi-Links August 18, 2006 -- Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei"), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, has announced that it has won a contract from Multi-Links, the leading CDMA operator in Nigeria to provide reliable networking capabilities for the benefits of its customers.

Multi-Links is one of the four local phone operators in Nigeria which was awarded unified licenses in May 2006 by the National Communications Commission, Nigeria's telecoms regulator. Operators with a unified licenses are able to offer multiple services, including, but not limited to mobile telephony, fixed, wireless services, broadband internet and other value-added services. Multi-Links chose Huawei to deploy its industry-leading BTS and core network softswitch and install a CDMA2000 1X network in Lagos, Abuja, PHC, Kano, Ibadan, and Kaduna.

Huawei's industry-leading BTS features an open framework, broadband platform and professional radio-frequency technologies that are widely recognized by CDMA operators worldwide. Huawei is the first wireless communications solutions provider to integrate softswitch technology into a core CDMA network, by basing its CDMA softswitch solution on the distributed technology of traffic control and bearer, which offers such advantages as large capacity and high integration. Huawei's IP transmission solution enables operators to reduce transmission costs significantly. The network also can be smoothly evolved to support CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Rev. A to meet future requirements.

Mr. A.V. Rao, CTO of Multi-Links, commented that, "Only the best partners from across the world have been solicited. We are confident that Huawei can meet our requirements and help us deploy secure, reliable networking and improve our competitive position in the marketplace."

Mr. Tao Jingwen, president of Huawei's Sub-Saharan Africa region, said, "Huawei's leading technologies and professional experience will help our customers enjoy high-quality network coverage and more diversified services. We look forward to a closer long-term partnership with Multi-Links."

To date, Huawei has been serving over 40 million subscribers globally. In November 2005, Frost & Sullivan ranked Huawei "Top Three" in the global CDMA2000 1X/1x EV-DO market. As part of Huawei's vision of enriching people's lives through communication, Huawei is committed to bringing excellent services and innovative technologies to its consumers.

ZTE Breaks Into North America With First Shipment Of 3G Terminals For Canada

ZTE Breaks Into North America With First Shipment Of 3G Terminals For Canada August 18, 2006--ZTE announced today that it has signed a general contract with TELUS, the second largest Canadian telecommunications operator, to supply 3G terminals. The first batch of CDMA EVDO data cards has been shipped and will be available in major Canadian cities this month. This marks another important breakthrough for ZTE in the European and American high-end markets, the most advanced 3G markets in the world, following its cooperation with top European operators such as France Telecom and Hutchison Whampoa. North America is regarded as the most difficult market to break into and the move is a significant milestone in ZTE´s overseas expansion.

ZTE´s 3G terminal products, including WCDMA handsets and data cards, HSDPA and EVDO data cards, have achieved volume sales in developed countries worldwide. This has consolidated its position as the world´s leading supplier of 3G terminals.

Ye Weimin, vice president of ZTE, said, ´As 3G terminal products enter the Canadian market, the company has laid a solid foundation to explore the North American markets. We have a long term strategy for Canada and the shipment of EVDO data cards to the country is the first step of in-depth cooperation between ZTE and TELUS.´

EVDO high speed wireless data service represents a major revolution for telecom operators. Higher data rate can be achieved with this technology while the high quality of voice is also guaranteed. In addition, the large capacity of the EVDO system allows more users on a network, increasing the potential of operators´ profitability. The EVDO data cards supplied to TELUS this time prove ZTE´s leadership in 3G technology. Previously, the MF330 3.6M HSDPA data cards have been supplied to mainstream European operators, the first large order for this device in the world.

ZTE has made continuous advances in the deployment of both 3G systems and terminal products in recent years. So far, ZTE 3G core network devices have been used in significant quantities on 2G/3G networks in more than 10 overseas countries including Libya, Tunisia, Tajikistan, Brunei, Nepal and Nigeria, and have passed tests set by France Telecom and Telefonica. Also in the 3G terminal sector, ZTE has supplied WCDMA data cards in volumes to European and Asian operators since April last year. As a vendor of 3G terminal products to Hutchison Whampoa, it has achieved outstanding performance in 3G terminal testing carried out by nearly 20 operators in Italy, Israel, Germany and Singapore.

Media Contact:

Margrete Ma ZTE Corporation Tel: +86 755 26775207 Email: ma.gaili@zte.com.cn

SK Telecom Opens ‘Mobile Karaoke Book’ Services

SK Telecom Opens ‘Mobile Karaoke Book’ Services Aug. 16. 2006 --From August 17, SK Telecom launches "mobile karaoke book" services, through which people may easily search song numbers with their mobile phones at karaoke rooms of Taejin and Gumyoung, the major karaoke machine manufacturers.

With the "mobile karaoke book" service, people may search songs not only by title but by artist name, making it easy to find songs when one knows the artist but not the title. In "My Song Box" people can save the code numbers of their favorite songs, relieving them of the effort of searching for songs whenever they go to a karaoke room.

Also, all songs have been connected to rings, connection tones, and mobile karaoke room services, so that songs enjoyed offline can be used immediately online as integrated music content. As in the case of existing karaoke books, "mobile karaoke books" are also updated to add new songs via the "version up" menu every month.

By the end of this year, users can register their mobile phone number into the karaoke machine, and songs saved in "My Song Box" are retrieved and automatically reserved. Going forward, SK Telecom plans to continue developing convenient services for karaoke manias.

Because data usage is free in this service, customers using the flat fee plan for wireless Internet can use the service without feeling burdened by cost. (Volume based users are charged a call fee when downloading songs from VM(Virtual Machine), searching additionally for songs other than those saved in VM, or using the "version up" menu.)

"Mobile Karaoke Book" services can be used by dialing **1111+ Nate, or Nate ->1. Ring/connection tone/music ->6. Challenge! Karaoke -> "BEST" menu. Sweepstakes events are also being held, with prizes including cash of 1 million won (5 winners), Samsung MP3 player (20), and 2 Cizle reservation tickets (700) by October 10.

Pantech Launches Its First Branded Handset In Canada Via TELUS

Pantech Launches Its First Branded Handset In Canada Via TELUS SEOUL/TORONTO - August 16, 2006: Pantech Group, the number two mobile phone company in South Korea, and TELUS, Canada’s second largest CDMA service operator, today announced the Canadian launch of the Pantech PN-3200. The launch, in partnership with TELUS, marks the first time that Pantech has provided handsets under its own brand in Canada.

Targeted at young trend setters, the slim, modern PN-3200 handset combines a sophisticated design with practical and wide ranging functionality, including Bluetooth applications.

Mike Cost, Chief Operating Officer, Pantech (North America), said: “The introduction of the PN-3200 handset in Canada and our strengthened partnership with TELUS are the latest stages in our efforts to position Pantech as a global brand. Although this is the first time for us to offer our products under the Pantech brand in this market, we are confident that the PN-3200, with its exciting features and cool design, will quickly find favor with Canadian users.”

Canada is a key element of the wider North American market. The current total number of mobile subscribers in the country is 17 million, representing more than 50 per cent of the Canadian population. Pantech has supplied mobile phones to TELUS since the late 1990s as an original design manufacturer.

The PN-3200 is a clamshell style mobile phone with an exceptional range of applications for users, including VGA camera with video player, music player, along with a stereo system, supporting a number of different audio formats. The PN-3200 operates on TELUS’ national digital 1X network.

Pantech has increased its presence in the North American market in recent months with enhanced brand awareness and direct supplies to operators. Last June, Pantech introduced the Pantech C300, the world’s smallest camera flip phone in the GSM arena, to the U.S.

PN-3200 features:

- Mode: Dual-mode (CDMA, PCS)/GPS

- Size and weight: 89 x 49 x 16.3mm, 100g

- Display: Main- 1.9’’ 260K, TFT LCD (176x220), Sub - 1.1’’, 65K, CSTN LCD (96x96)

- Camera: VGA CMOS(300K)

- Music player (supporting files: midi, qcelp, evrc, wav, aac, MP3)

- Video player (supporting files: MPEG3, H.263)

- Languages: English, French

- Speakerphone

- Voice activated dialing

- Bluetooth

Media contacts:

Pantech

In Soo Nam, nam.insoo@pantech.com, +822-2030-1931

Eun Sil Koh, summer1004@pantech.com, +822-2030-1933

Edelman

Charles Hogan, charles.hogan@edelman.com, +822-2022-8207

Jill Lee, jill.lee@edelman.com, +822-2022-8229

TELUS

Julie Smithers, julie.smithers@telus.com, +416-279-3956

ZTE Brings CDMA450 To Armenia

ZTE Brings CDMA450 To Armenia August 16, 2006 -- ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, is to provide Armenia with its first CDMA450 network. Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE will provide ArmenTel, the country´s largest telecoms operator, with a new network based on ZTE´s end-to-end CDMA450 WLL (Wireless Local Loop) solution. The agreement will lead to the improvement and expansion of the country´s nationwide fixed telecoms network infrastructure and makes ZTE the first Chinese telecoms equipment vendor to have experience of working in the Republic of Armenia.

"It is a priority for us to enhance fixed-line services across the country. ZTE´s equipment will allow us to do just that by providing reliable communications to areas which have traditionally not been well served by the existing infrastructure. Our use of CDMA450 marks a new chapter for our company that can invest in a cost-efficient way and for our customers who will benefit directly from this technology of high quality service" said Mr Smarnakis, CTO of ArmenTel.

The 450 MHz spectrum is becoming an increasingly attractive networking option for European carriers as it represents an economic way to deploy a large-scale wireless network telecoms infrastructure. Crucially, the low spectrum results in larger cell sizes, therefore requiring relatively few base stations. This means that operators benefit from reduced infrastructure investment than would normally be needed for deployments of a similar size.

"Taking Armenia´s geographical conditions into account as well and the distribution of the population, our CDMA450 wireless access and microwave transmission solution is ideally suited to the job in hand. It offers the flexibility and scope to construct a cost-effective network using mature technology that will provide users with improved access to a reliable fixed-line service via a last-mile wireless connection," said Mr Zhang Liang, Chief Representative of ZTE Armenia.

As the largest operator in Armenia, ArmenTel owns 100% of the country´s fixed phone customer base and over 60% of its mobile subscribers. In 1998, 90% of ArmenTel´s shares were acquired by OTE, the largest fixed-line operator in Greece. ZTE recently worked with OTE when it was chosen to supply vital broadband Internet access systems during the Olympic Games in Athens.

ZTE has deployed 40 million lines of CDMA equipment with more than 100 operators in over 60 countries including Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Egypt, Indonesia, Algeria, India and Vietnam. ZTE´s CDMA450 equipment has also been used around the world in countries including Russia, Norway and Brazil.

Media Contact:

Margrete Ma ZTE CorporationTel: +86 755 26775207Email: ma.gaili@zte.com.cn

Huawei Announces A 3G Agreement With Leap Wireless

Huawei Announces A 3G Agreement With Leap Wireless Plano, Texas - 15 Aug 2006 --Huawei Technologies ("Huawei"), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that it has signed a 3G agreement with Leap Wireless International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless communication services. According to the agreement, Huawei will deploy a CDMA 3G network for Leap to support its Cricket® wireless services in Spokane, WA., Boise, ID., and Reno, NV.

In this project, Huawei will provide Huawei's leading CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO Rev A solution for Leap, including industry-leading BTS and IP-based CDMA softswitch. Huawei's industry-leading BTS features open framework, broadband platform and professional radio-frequency technologies. Huawei's CDMA softswitch solution is based on the distributed technology of traffic control and bearer, which offers such advantages as huge capacity and high integration. IP transmission solution enables operators to reduce transmission costs significantly.

"We are honored that Huawei has earned an award in the United States from a key carrier such as Leap Wireless," said Ken Hu, Chief Sales and Services Officer of Huawei. "We are excited at the long-term prospects associated with this partnership. Huawei will consistently provide innovative and customized products and services to create long-term value and potential growth for Leap."

"We selected Huawei as a strategic partner based on their successful technical certification in our network, their outstanding product roadmap, and our common focus on quality and cost leadership," said Glenn Umetsu, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Leap.

Huawei is a leading supplier of next generation network equipment for telecom operators around the world. Currently, Huawei's customized and innovative CDMA solutions serve more than 40 million CDMA subscribers worldwide. The company has more than 3,000 engineers engaged in CDMA research and development.

CONTACT: Leap Wireless International, Inc.

Valerie Breslow, 714-206-3201 (Media Relations) vbreslow@leapwireless.com

Jim Seines, 858-882-6084 (Investor Relations) jseines@leapwireless.com

Bock Communications, Inc. Melinda Jack, 714-540-1030 leap@bockpr.com

Verizon Wireless Launches Wireless Broadband Network, Services In Southwest Florida

Verizon Wireless Launches Wireless Broadband Network, Services In Southwest Florida TAMPA, FL — August 14, 2006 — Verizon Wireless announced today it has launched its wireless broadband network in the core areas of Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties, allowing Southwest Florida customers to utilize the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices.

The expansion – which entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in dozens of wireless transmission sites throughout the region – extends the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess network from Sarasota to as far south as Fort Myers. Hardware and software upgrades are complete, the system has been tested, and an additional 1 million area residents now may enjoy wireless broadband service on the state’s most reliable network.

In addition, the high-speed service is scheduled to be available in Manatee and Collier counties within 30 days. This multi-million dollar expansion into Southwest Florida is part of an ongoing network investment by Verizon Wireless that has totaled more than $1 billion in the state and $30 billion nationally over the past six years.

“Southwest Florida is an important, fast-growing market with dynamic, tech-savvy businesses and consumers,” said Mike Lanman, Verizon Wireless Florida region president. “The launch of our broadband network here will provide access to the very latest wireless technology and services such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST music and video.” BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility.

This wireless broadband experience is made possible by the Verizon Wireless EV-DO (evolution-data optimized) technology, with typical connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), and the capability of reaching speeds in excess of 2.0 mbps.

The technology was first introduced in Florida in the Tampa Bay region and Southeast Florida, and now also is available in the Jacksonville, Orlando and Tallahassee metro areas. The launch into Southwest Florida adds 2,500 square miles of high-speed EV-DO coverage in the state for Verizon Wireless customers.

The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music, and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phone. With V CAST, customers can get short video content on-demand, including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. And music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone are able to download and play their favorite songs – all while on-the-go.

In addition to allowing advanced applications such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST, the network upgrade in Southwest Florida will further strengthen the Verizon Wireless network in the event of emergencies. The network stood up well to the extraordinary storm seasons of 2004 and 2005 while other communication networks often suffered substantial disruptions.

"We’ve seen here in Southwest Florida that a strong, reliable wireless network plays a priceless role in public safety in large-scale emergencies and every day,” Lanman said. “Verizon Wireless will continue to heavily invest here to serve residents, businesses and visitors locally and across the state.”

Test Man Ride-Along Program

The specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse “conversations” and data transmissions. Members of the media who are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, please contact Chuck Hamby at 813-615-4803 or via e-mail at chuck.hamby@verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info

Chuck Hamby chuck.hamby@verizonwireless.com 813-615-4803

SK Telecom Releases Mobile-Exclusive Messenger, m Messenger

SK Telecom Releases Mobile-Exclusive Messenger, m Messenger Aug. 14. 2006-- Teen usage of Web-based e-mail is dropping. In search of a faster, more fluid way to communicate with friends, today's so-called "instant generation" is turning to text messaging and IM instead.

Gone is the age of voice, here now is the age of text... Perhaps that is why text messaging and instant messengers are the most popular means of communication nowadays. However, what text messaging lacks is "instantaneity" while instant messaging lacks "mobility".

"m Messenger", released by SK Telecom on August 7, is a mobile-exclusive messenger service for Netizens and Motizens that wish to use text to engage in interactive communication anytime, anywhere.

The major characteristic of 'm Messenger" is that the phone number book stored in the individual's mobile handset can be used for (messenger) communicating, without a separate "contacts registration process" as in the case of existing messengers.

The messenger functions have been designed to enhance convenience, with no separate log-in process necessary, and users can wait for a friend to join in the conversation while the folder is closed.

But just as in the case of wireline messengers, emoticons, flashcons and photographs may be transmitted during conversation, along with "save the conversation" function, allowing users familiar with the existing wireline UI to adjust easily to the user environment.

Up to 80 Bytes (40 Korean characters) can be input in the form of text or emoticons, with the fee being 20 won per message. In the case of flashcons, each cost a separate 20 won apart from the text, while photographs cost 200 won per transmission.

In order to use this service, "m Messenger" can be downloaded for free from "NATE >> Chatting/Messaging/Community >> Messenger/Star/Photo Text >> Messenger", with downloads possible via the "Recommending" function within m Messenger. In August and September, 100 messages with the exception of photo transmissions are planned to be provided for free.

Going forward, the related functions will be installed as default in all cellular phones released by SK Telecom, and for the time being usage will only be possible among SK Telecom users, while to subscribers of other service providers messages will be sent in the form of SMS.

Participant at the 2006 Global CDMA Operation & Development Forum Paints Bullish Prospects for CDMA in Thailand

Participant at the 2006 Global CDMA Operation & Development Forum Paints Bullish Prospects for CDMA in Thailand Phuket, THAILAND – August 11, 2006 The Global CDMA Operation & Development Forum, co-organized by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei"), QUALCOMM International (“QUALCOMM”), and CAT TELECOM Public Co., Ltd. (“CAT TELECOM”), was successfully held in Phuket Island, Thailand. Participants at the forum agreed that CDMA2000 is the best option for communication service operators for now and in the future. Outstanding performance offered by CDMA2000 helps carriers reap its operation benefits, eliminate the global digital divide, increase the ARPU and enables telecom operators to conduct successful transformation.

The conference was attended by high-level decision makers from the CDMA technology and standard organizations, more than 100 CDMA network operators, and industry consulting companies. The forum addressed the global operation and development of CDMA from the perspectives of handset, terminal and network technology development, network evolution and service strategies as well as market development. Industry experts, including Mr. Phisal Jorphochaudom, Mr. Zhang Shunmao, Mr. Ming Li, Mr. James Person, Mr. Manoj Menon, etc., delivered speeches on the related topics during the forum.

“CDMA2000 played a pivotal role in CAT TELECOM’s fixed network transformation. Today, CAT TELECOM’s SUPER-CDMA network is able to provide a number of high-speed voice and data services based on CDMA,” Mr. Phisal Jorphochaudom, CEO of CAT TELECOM, the leading telecom operator in Thailand said. “CAT TELECOM has been collaborating very closely with parties from all aspects of the CDMA industry chain. We are very pleased to have some reliable partners, such as Huawei, to work with in the CDMA field.”

“Huawei continues to invest significantly in CDMA research. More than 3,000 Huawei engineers are engaged in CDMA development, and we have achieved more than 1,000 CDMA patents to date,” said Mr. Zhang Shunmao, Senior Vice President of Huawei and President of Wireless Networks. “As a leading supplier of CDMA networks and riding on the ‘trio strengths’ of our diversified CDMA2000 1X/1xEV-DO end-to-end solutions, Huawei is well poised to build sophisticated and long-term CDMA networks with high return on investment for our customers.”

“As an enhanced version of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, the CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Rev. A EV-DO Rev. A enables users to receive data (forward link) at speeds up to 3.1 Mbps and send data (reverse link) at speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps,” explained Mr. Ming Li, Vice President, Southeast Asia and Pacific Region of QUALCOMM International. “In the future Rev. A, B, and C will be available to provide users with more new services such as blended voice, data, video and multimedia applications.”

Mr. James Person, Chief Operating Officer of CDG, expressed in his speech on global CDMA market situation that “2006 has be a year of rapid development for CDMA. At present, monthly average for new CDMA subscribers reaches 8 million and the global CDMA subscribers have surged over 316 million. There are more than1,240 kinds of CDMA2000 terminals including 280 EV-DO terminals available in the global market.”

In the speech that Mr, Manoj Menon, Partner & Managing Director of Frost & Sullivan, delivered, the current status and developing trends of CDMA market were highlighted. “CDMA2000 technology has already achieved a high level of commercial deployment, allowing operators to rapidly offer services to their users and hence playing a pivotal role in eliminating the global digital divide. Among all regions, Asia Pacific shows the most powerful momentum in CDMA deployment, accounting for 43% of global CDMA subscribers.”

The attending operators shared their respective successful operation experience with the rest of the participants. They also visited CAT TELECOM’s SUPER CDMA network, deployed by Huawei, and experienced services site of CAT TELECOM that provide Video-On-Demand and Monitoring as well as Mobile IPTV e-Education.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Fu Jun Director -Media Relations Corporate Branding & Communications Dept. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. fu.jun@huawei.com Tel: +86-755-28567441 Mobile : +86-13802237516 Fax: +86-755-28567243

KDDI Announces Start Of GLOBAL PASSPORT International Data Roaming Services In The U.S. And Hawaii

KDDI Announces Start Of GLOBAL PASSPORT International Data Roaming Services In The U.S. And Hawaii August 10, 2006 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to announce the August 16 addition of international data roaming services to voice roaming services in the United States and Hawaii for users of GLOBAL PASSPORT, the international roaming service offered by KDDI that enables au mobile handsets used in Japan to be used without modification overseas.

This new service is made possible through KDDI's partnership in the United States with Verizon Wireless, and will be available in areas and regions covered by Verizon.

GLOBAL PASSPORT voice roaming services are now available in 22 countries. International data roaming services, with addition of these 2 new service areas, will now be available in 8 countries and territories overall, including South Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Guam, and Saipan.

Customers using A5514SA and A5505SA handsets, manufactured by Sanyo Electric and enabled for data roaming services, will now be able to exchange e-mail and access the Web, in addition to voice-call services currently offered in the United States and Hawaii, simply by updating to the latest PRL (Preferred Roaming List) before traveling. This does not require any prior application.

In addition to the eight territories now covered by the data roaming service, KDDI plans to expand data roaming availability to other countries where voice roaming is already provided. KDDI continues to work to bring more convenience to users of au mobile phones when they travel overseas.

KDDI Announces Plans For Mobile Number Portability (MNP) And Special Temporary Reservation Service For New Subscribers

KDDI Announces Plans For Mobile Number Portability (MNP) And Special Temporary Reservation Service For New Subscribers August 9, 2006-- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to announce service plans for customers wishing to take advantage of Mobile Number Portability (MNP), a new standard in mobile telephony scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, October 24. Details are set out below.

At the same time, KDDI is also pleased to announce a temporary reservation service for new subscriptions from Friday, September 1, for customers wishing to open new contracts for an MNP-enabled au cellular service. With the temporary reservation service for new subscriptions, reservations can be made until October 23 of this year.

The following fees are applicable for using MNP when transferring to an au cell phone (contract renewal) and transferring from an au cell phone or Tu-ka cell phone (contract termination.

Please visit our site on the au hyper portal to register for the "temporary reservation service for new subscriptions," or visit an authorized au dealer. A special new application form will be sent by post to individuals who have registered online with the appropriate information. Customers can complete registration by taking this application to an authorized au dealer. A bonus of 1,000 au points [1] (worth ¥2,000) will be awarded to customers who transfer to au, using the temporary reservation service for new subscriptions.

ZTE Global Sales Of CDMA Handsets Pass The 10 Million Mark

ZTE Global Sales Of CDMA Handsets Pass The 10 Million Mark August 4, 2006 -- ZTE Corporation, the fastest growing global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, announced today that its global sales of CDMA handsets have passed the 10 million mark. With its CDMA handset sales being deployed in more than 30 countries worldwide, ZTE has successfully established itself as one of the top global vendors in CDMA terminals and equipment arena.

"This means that ZTE has become the first Chinese manufacturer to break into the group of leading global manufacturers in a specific handset segment," said ZTE Handset Division general manager He Shiyou. "This result is driven by the high quality of ZTE handsets, by also our ability to customise handsets for individual operators and by ZTE´s successful international expansion."

The ZTE Handset Division has managed the phenomenal growth in sales of its CDMA handsets by implementing a full-flow quality management process. This system maintains a strict focus on quality at every stage of the product life cycle - from development and design through sourcing, manufacture, assembly, logistics, product sale and after-sales service.

"This extraordinary sales growth of a single product range is unprecedented among Chinese CDMA handset manufacturers, and is a landmark that shows that Chinese handset manufacturing has achieved new world-level standards of quality control," said Mr He.

Since the launch of the ZTE C150 handset in September last year, for example, global sales have passed three million units in just six months.

ZTE´s Handset Division is now implementing its full-flow quality control strategy across its 3G and multi-mode handset production systems.

ZTE is gaining a global reputation for its dual mode, dual stand-by technology. The company recently won a contract for supply of the ZTE H500 CDMA/GSM dual mode, dual stand-by handset to China Unicom as part of the operator´s ´World Wind´ handset purchase. ZTE also recently launched the world´s first TD-SCDMA/GSM dual mode, dual stand-by handset.

Sales of ZTE´s CDMA terminals have increased continuously since the company expanded into international handset markets. More ZTE CDMA handsets were sold abroad than in China in 2005, with two million sold in India alone, and ZTE´s Handset Division was named a ´Communications Ace´ by TATA, one of the two major Indian CDMA operators, in 2005.

Media Contact:

Margrete Ma ZTE Corporation Tel: +86 755 26775207 Email: ma.gaili@zte.com.cn

Pantech Announces USD110 Million Agreement For Supply Of 3G Handsets To KDDI In Japan

Pantech Announces USD110 Million Agreement For Supply Of 3G Handsets To KDDI In Japan SEOUL, August 3, 2006: Pantech Group, the number two mobile phone company in South Korea, today announced that it would supply its second CDMA model to the Japanese mobile carrier KDDI, starting in September. The new A1406PT handset features practical applications and a convenient design that will be targeted at middle aged and elderly mobile phone users.

The third generation CDMA mobile phone is to be rolled out in Japan through the partnership with KDDI, one of the top three mobile phone service providers in Japan, and will be sold under the Pantech and au brands, as part of an agreement worth USD110 million. au is one of Japan¡¦s leading mobile phone brands and is owned by KDDI. Pantech expects to ship additional units of the A1406PT handset next year.

Customized for middle aged and elderly users, the model features special functions for security and convenience. Three ¡¥one touch¡¦ keys, located under the main display, allow users to dial three different numbers quickly with one touch.

Keon C. Kim, Senior Vice President, Overseas Sales Division of Pantech, said: ¡§The handset market in Japan is one of the most competitive and dynamic in the world, and the launch of the A1406PT looks set to give us a strong position among the growing segment of middle aged and older users. We feel that this launch underlines our advanced technology and our ability to tailor our products to meet customer demand, as well as consolidating our presence in the Japanese mobile phone market¡¨.

The phone is equipped with a sizeable 2.4¡¨ LCD screen that shows enlarged letters and key pad buttons with larger letters. A security alarm, located on the upper folder, sounds when a button on the front of the handset is pressed in an emergency.

Other features on the A1406PT include a 1.3 mega pixel camera supporting video clip recording and viewing, MP3 ringtone, email and EZweb. Pantech plans to release the product in lighter colors, in white and pink.

Pantech signed an agreement last year to supply third-generation mobile phones to KDDI under the Pantech and au brand names, the first time that a Korean manufacturer had ever entered the Japanese handset market. The first Pantech phone - the A1405PT - has set records with sales of over 300,000 units since it was first launched last December.

The A1405PT phone was the smallest, lightest mobile phone ever to be launched in Japan, weighing just 98g. The successful launch of the phone resulted in KDDI awarding Pantech a special appreciation plaque for helping enhance the au brand in Japan. TheA1406PT has also received the ¡¥Friendly Design¡¦ label from KDDI, which is bestowed upon models which are deemed to have outstanding usability, from design and functional perspectives.

The CDMA handset market in Japan is currently one of the world¡¦s largest, next to the U.S., with more than 90 million mobile subscribers. Pantech plans to continue to apply its ¡¥select and focus¡¦ regional expansion strategy to enlarge its share of the Japanese market.

A1406PT features:

- 800 single-band CDMA 1x 2000

- Dimension: 98.3 x 50.8 x 19.8mm

- Display: Main- 2.4¡¨ 260K QVGA TFT LCD (240*320 pixels)Sub - 1.2¡¨ 65K TFT (128*128 pixels)

- Smart mode/ Crime prevention buzzer/One-touch key pad

- 1.3M CMOS camera with flash

- EZweb/Cmail/email

- MP3 ringtone/64 polyphonic ringtone

Media Contacts:

Pantech

In Soo Nam, nam.insoo@pantech.com, +822-2030-1931

Eun Sil Koh, summer1004@pantech.com, +822-2030-1933

Edelman

Charles Hogan, charles.hogan@edelman.com, +822-2022-8207

Jill Lee, jill.lee@edelman.com, +822-2022-8229

Verizon Wireless And Novatel Wireless Announce Commercial Availability Of Wireless Broadband ExpressCard

Verizon Wireless And Novatel Wireless Announce Commercial Availability Of Wireless Broadband ExpressCard BASKING RIDGE, NJ and SAN DIEGO, CA — August 3, 2006 — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, and Novatel Wireless, a leading provider of wireless broadband access solutions, today announced the availability of a WWAN PCI ExpressCard/34, the V640, for use with Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service. Available online today, the V640 ExpressCard enables owners of notebooks with ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots to wirelessly connect to the Internet at broadband speeds via Verizon Wireless’ national high-speed 3G Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network.

Nearly half the size of standard PC Cards, Novatel Wireless’ V640 is a compact and convenient product for mobile notebook users, featuring plug-n-play so that the ExpressCard can be plugged in or removed at any time. In addition, the V640 ExpressCard has an advanced dual-band diversity design that incorporates an external flip antenna, maximizing data speed performance and allowing for stronger network signal reception. With the V640 and BroadbandAccess from Verizon Wireless, enterprise customers and consumers with ExpressCard slots in their notebooks can now remain wirelessly connected to colleagues, clients, family and friends at any time, when out of the office or away from a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Included with the V640 ExpressCard is Verizon Wireless’ VZAccess Manager software. After installing the software, a setup wizard guides the customer through a simple installation process and then allows the customer to specify preferences. After completing the installation, Verizon Wireless customers simply plug the V640 into the ExpressCard slot in their notebooks to receive instant access to the most award-winning, wide-area, high-speed wireless data service in the nation. In addition, the V640 ExpressCard is backward compatible with Verizon Wireless’ NationalAccess network, allowing uninterrupted use outside of the EV-DO coverage area.

“Expanding and strengthening our relationship with Verizon Wireless, and making sure its enterprise and consumer users have the most innovative wireless computing capabilities, are key objectives for Novatel Wireless,” said Peter Leparulo, chief executive officer of Novatel Wireless. “With the introduction of our compact and high-speed EV-DO ExpressCards, we continue to expand our product line and bring the latest wireless broadband solutions to market.”

Customers with any monthly Verizon Wireless voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access for an additional $59.99 monthly access. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access. The V640 ExpressCard is available for $179.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $229.99 with a new one-year customer agreement and is available immediately through Verizon Wireless’ business sales channels and online at www.verizonwireless.com. The V640 ExpressCard will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores from coast to coast beginning on August 24.

For more information on Verizon Wireless data services, including BroadbandAccess and Novatel Wireless’ V640 ExpressCard, customers can contact a Verizon Wireless business sales representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.

Media Contact Info

Brenda Boyd Raney Brenda.Raney@verizonwireless.com908-559-7518

Carolyn McCartney Novatel Wirelesscmccartney@novatelwireless.com858-320-8822

Verizon Wireless And Airlink Communications Introduce Wireless Rugged Modems For Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO Network

Verizon Wireless And Airlink Communications Introduce Wireless Rugged Modems For Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO Network BASKING RIDGE, NJ and HAYWARD, CA — August 3, 2006 —Verizon Wireless, the nation’s premier provider of wireless products and services, and AirLink Communications, Inc., a pioneer and leading provider of fixed and mobile wireless data solutions, today announced that AirLink’s line of rugged, intelligent modems are certified and immediately available for use with Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service that runs on the company’s Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network. The certification allows AirLink’s Raven EthernetTM (Raven-E) and PinPoint EthernetTM (PinPoint-E) wireless modems to be marketed and sold to a vast corporate customer base that wants their wireless data to run on the most award-winning wireless broadband network in the United States.

“AirLink’s rugged intelligent modems are the newest addition to our extensive line of devices for business customers and mobile professionals, providing greater options to stay competitive, connected and productive in today’s fast-paced business environment,” said Cindy Patterson, staff vice president of enterprise data sales at Verizon Wireless. “Coupled with our BroadbandAccess service, these robust solutions help meet the demands of a changing business workforce.”

AirLink’s Raven-E and PinPoint-E intelligent modems are powered by the AirLink embedded operating system, ALEOS™. The available Ethernet and digital interfaces enable a host of data-intensive, fixed and mobile broadband applications. AirLink solutions are also well-suited for a number of machine-level fixed applications in a number of vertical markets including financial and professional services, retail and distribution, industrial and utilities. Through Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service, customers benefit from the higher data rates offered by EV-DO technology, with typical download speeds from 400 to 700 kbps.

Raven-E

Raven-E is an intelligent wireless gateway optimal for providing network connectivity for any high-reliability/high-availability application. It provides advanced networking features for private or public IP NAT, GRE/IPsec pass through, DHCP server and SNMP management, and is the perfect solution for any device with an Ethernet connection that requires pervasive connectivity including PCs, routers, network equipment and POS/ATMs as well as commercial automation equipment.

PinPoint-E PinPoint-E blends the always-on wireless broadband connectivity of the Raven-E with an embedded, high-precision integrated GPS receiver, providing cost-effective, reliable, scaleable location-based solutions for the enterprise. As a standalone in-vehicle device, it enables AVL, fleet management, real-time dispatch and a host of mobile enterprise applications.

“This product certification marks a major milestone for AirLink, allowing our relationship with Verizon Wireless to expand as we deploy fast, secure, wireless data platforms to enable applications that use their EV-DO network,” said Andrew Berman, chief executive officer at AirLink. “We have had a long, positive history together, and these product certifications allow us to fill demand for our EV-DO products. We look forward to helping one another create high volumes of data activations in fixed and mobile applications throughout 2006 and beyond, leveraging Verizon Wireless’ Value Added Distributors, AirLink’s Authorized Dealers and the powerful collaboration of our respective sales teams.”

Media Contact Info

Brenda Boyd Raney Brenda.Raney@verizonwireless.com908-559-7518

Mona KlausingBlue Mine Group for AirLink Communications mklausing@blueminegroup.com858-792-2633 x107

Sprint Accelerates EV-DO Revision A Mobile Broadband Upgrade

Sprint Accelerates EV-DO Revision A Mobile Broadband Upgrade Overland Park, KAN. — 08/03/2006 — Sprint today announced it is ahead of plan for the expansion and evolution of the Sprint Power Vision(SM) network -- the nation's largest wireless broadband network covering 153 million people -- that allows users to access audio, video and data applications with handheld and connection card devices. Under the accelerated schedule, Sprint plans to begin its roll out of the upgraded technology known as EV-DO Revision A during 4Q 2006 with coverage expected to reach more than 40 million people by year end.

With the evolution to EV-DO Revision A, users in markets where it is rolled out, will experience faster average download speeds of 450 - 800 kbps; and average upload speeds of 300 - 400 kbps. These data rates can enable richer applications and services such as high-speed video telephony, music on demand, video messaging, large file uploads and high performance push-to-talk capability.

Overall, Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people in the U.S. with mobile broadband data services (both EV-DO Revisions 0 and A) in 220 major metropolitan areas and 908 airports across the country with its Power Vision network by the end of 2006. By 3Q 2007, Sprint's Power Vision network will be completely upgraded to the faster EV-DO Revision A.

"Sprint's mobile broadband leadership is demonstrated by our success in rolling out the largest network, providing the latest devices and the widest array of mobile entertainment and business content," said Len Lauer, Sprint's chief operating officer. "By accelerating our EV-DO Revision A deployment, we are expanding the number of ways our customers can use the service to make their digital life simple, instant and productive."

Last week Sprint successfully completed the first EV-DO Revision A data connection over the Sprint Power Vision network in San Diego, CA. This development combined with a series of other positive performance tests drove the decision to speed up the deployment plan. Additionally, Sprint has been demonstrating applications such as all IP video telephony, high performance push-to-talk (walkie-talkie service), multi-user video conferencing, real time gaming and video streaming of both content and live web cams simultaneously.

"We have taken this technology out of the laboratory and are currently integrating it into our network," said Kathy Walker, chief network officer at Sprint. "We are really pleased with the results and excited about rolling it out to our customers."

In conjunction with the rollout of the upgraded mobile broadband network, Sprint will market a variety of EV-DO Revision A compatible devices, starting first with connection cards offered in PCMCIA Type II, USB, and ExpressCard™ form factors. These devices will also work on the current Sprint Power Vision network.

The power of Sprint networks make it best positioned to deliver unmatched mobility products and services for customer solutions. Mobile broadband customers can currently access the Sprint Power Vision Network with the Sprint Power Vision Smart Devices (PPC 6700, Blackberry7130e, and Treo 700p by Palm) and Sprint Mobile Broadband Cards (Novatel Wireless Merlin S620™, Sierra Wireless Aircard® 580 and the Sprint PC-5740). Consumer data devices include Sprint Power Vision phones from Samsung (A900 and A920), the MM 7500 by Sanyo, and the Fusic by LG. In addition to these devices, many other manufacturers have products with embedded modules that can access the Sprint Power Vision Network.

Additional information on Sprint's Mobile Broadband network including coverage maps showing current and future coverage, Mobile Broadband service plans, and the latest access devices can be found at http://powervision.sprint.com/mobilebroadband/.

Media Contact:

Scott Sloat 301-951-2816 scott.sloat@sprint.com

World Series Of Poker Featured On V CAST From Verizon Wireless

World Series Of Poker Featured On V CAST From Verizon Wireless LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — August 3, 2006 — Harrah’s License Company, LLC, an affiliate of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., announced that beginning today video content from the 2006 World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold’em World Championship will appear exclusively on V CAST from Verizon Wireless.

“Having event highlights streamed through V CAST is part of our global distribution strategy,” said World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. “The world has gone mobile and our video content is now part of the mix.”

Two World Series of Poker videos are being broadcast daily starting today on V CAST in the Sports channel. The video will include action from the World Series of Poker tournament floor, interviews with top poker professionals and updates on current leaders. Content is provided courtesy of AOL and Card Player magazine and published by Glu Mobile through its multi-year, worldwide alliance with Harrah’s.

“We set out in our partnership with the World Series of Poker to provide fans with the most authentic experience available for the mobile phone,” said Jill Braff, general manager of the Americas, Glu Mobile. “For the first time on mobile phones, poker fans will be able to get an inside look at the Main Event as it happens, giving them the latest on the action at the tables.”

At the conclusion of the World Championship final table, which begins on August 10, a package of video highlights will be featured on the V CAST Sports channel. To get V CAST, Verizon Wireless customers can equip their V CAST-enabled phones with a V CAST VPak subscription for $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan. The subscription includes unlimited basic video – including video from the 2006 World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold’em World Championship – but application download fees apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST video.

In addition to V CAST, daily video updates from the World Series of Poker will appear on AOL, www.worldseriesofpoker.com and www.cardplayer.com. The final table of the Main Event will also be broadcast on live pay-per-view on ESPN for the first time in history.

The World Series of Poker video on V CAST is the latest addition to the mobile content developed and published by Glu. World Series of Poker Texas Hold’em, World Series of Poker Player Advisor, as well as wallpapers based on the brand will be available beginning in mid-August.

For more information about V CAST, visit www.getvcast.com. 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.

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment through operating subsidiaries. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 68 years ago, Harrah’s has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. Harrah’s Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.

Media Contact Info

Dan Foley – Investors Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. 702-407-6370

Dave Curley – Media (WSOP) Harrah’s Entertainment 410-986-1305

Alberto Lopez – Media (General) Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. 702-407-6344

Gary Thompson – Media (WSOP) TBC Public Relations 702-407-6529

Kathy de Leon Glu Mobile kathy.deleon@glu.com 650-571-1550 x121

Jeffrey Nelson jeffrey.nelson@verizonwireless.com 908-559-7519

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Weekend Goes Mobile Via Sprint

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Weekend Goes Mobile Via Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — 08/01/2006 — For the first time, football fans can watch live television coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's enshrinement weekend activities via Sprint's wireless service. NFL Network will air eight hours of live coverage of the enshrinement ceremony from Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 5, as well as a two-hour NFL Total Access pre-ceremony show beginning at 11 a.m. ET, and a one-hour post-ceremony show.

Sprint customers will also be able to view NFL Network's comprehensive coverage of the enshrinement weekend festivities with more than 14 hours of programming beginning Thursday, Aug. 3. Coverage will be streamed live and exclusively to Sprint TV customers giving fans access to Hall of Fame programming when and where they want it on the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network.

Sprint, the industry leader in meeting consumer demand for mobility, is the NFL's official wireless telecommunication services sponsor. Sprint continues to add to an already comprehensive package of NFL information via its exclusive NFL Mobile application by providing multiple ways for fans to track the NFL throughout the season while on the go. Below is a day-by-day look at NFL Network's 14 hours of 2006 Hall of Fame weekend coverage.

Thursday, Aug. 3

• 7 p.m. ET – 8 p.m. ET – NFL Total Access sets the scene in Canton for Hall of Fame weekend

Friday, Aug. 4

• 3:30 p.m. ET - 4:30 p.m. ET – 2006 Hall of Fame Inductee Press Conferences

• 7:00 p.m. ET – 8 p.m. ET – NFL Total Access featuring coverage of the 2006 Hall of Fame dinner Saturday, Aug. 5

• 11 a.m. ET —1 p.m. ET – NFL Total Access Pre-Ceremony Show

• 1 p.m. ET – 5 p.m. ET – 2006 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

• 5 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET – NFL Total Access Post-Ceremony Show

• 7 p.m. ET – 8 p.m. ET – NFL Total Access re-caps Hall of Fame ceremony

Sunday, Aug. 6

• 6 p.m. ET – 8 p.m. ET -- NFL Total Access Hall of Fame Game Pregame Show

• 11 p.m. ET – 12 a.m. ET-- NFL Total Access Hall of Fame Game Postgame Show

In addition, Sprint customers can watch each of NFL Network's three one-hour shows during Hall of Fame week highlighting the 2006 inductees. Each show is detailed below.

• In Their Own Words: "Class of 2006" (Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. ET): NFL Network provides a revealing look back at each member of the Hall of Fame class of 2006 featuring classic footage and interviews.

• NFL Total Access: Hall of Fame Roundtable (Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. ET): Hall of Fame players and coaches including Jim Brown, Dick Butkus, Bill Walsh and Roger Staubach discuss the career accomplishments of all six members of this year's Hall of Fame class.

• John Madden: My Road to Canton (Thursday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. ET): From his years on the Raiders sidelines to a legendary career in the broadcast booth, NFL Network profiles John Madden's long journey to the Hall of Fame.

On Sunday, NFL Total Access will air a two-hour Hall of Fame Game pre-game show live –that Sprint customers can watch on their phones – from Fawcett Stadium in Canton beginning at 6 p.m. ET. The show provides features and analysis to get fans ready for the Hall of Fame game between the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles. NFL Total Access also has a one-hour post-game show with highlights and interviews immediately following the game that Sprint customers can view live.

All video segments are produced by NFL Network and available via Sprint TV. For Sprint PCS Vision® and Sprint Power Vision (SM) subscribers, Sprint TV costs between $5.99-$9.99 depending on the package purchased and operates on the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network. For a full listing of devices and a complete listing of Sprint PCS Vision and Power Vision services, visit www.sprint.com.

Media Contact:

Dave Mellin, Sprint, 720-840-4788 dave.mellin@sprint.com

QUALCOMM And Vietnam’s IQLINKS Form CDMA450 Joint Venture

QUALCOMM And Vietnam’s IQLINKS Form CDMA450 Joint Venture HANOI, VIETNAM — August 01, 2006 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today announced the formation of a joint venture (JV) with Vietnamese handset manufacturer IQLINKS. Known as IQLINKS Joint Venture Company (IQLINKS JV), the JV is the first CDMA450 terminal manufacturer in Vietnam. IQLINKS JV also is the first company headquartered in Vietnam to enter into a patent license agreement with QUALCOMM to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000® and EV-DO subscriber units and modem cards.

“QUALCOMM is committed to the growth of Vietnam's telecommunication industry and to supporting local operators as they bring advanced 3G CDMA services to under-served communities,” said Jim Hoang, senior director, Vietnam Business Development, QUALCOMM. “We are very pleased to be working with IQLINKS to help realize this shared vision.”

Under the terms of the JV agreement, IQLINKS JV has entered into a CDMA Subscriber Unit License Agreement with QUALCOMM and plans to manufacture 3G CDMA terminals, particularly 450 MHz WLL terminals with remote electricity power meter reading capability. QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies also will supply chipsets to the JV.

“This JV is further proof of our, and QUALCOMM's, commitment to Vietnam and we look forward to the implementation of our joint venture and to enabling consumers to access the benefits of CDMA450 technology,” said Nguyen Hoai Bac, CEO of IQLinks JV Co.

CDMA450 provides an extremely efficient wireless telecommunications solution by offering wide coverage and the ability to provide superior voice quality and high-speed data services. According to the CDMA Development Group, CDMA450 networks are now deployed in 35 countries around the world and additional networks will soon be launched or are undergoing trials. In Southeast Asia, commercial CDMA450 networks have already been deployed in Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (EVN Telecom).

QUALCOMM Contacts:

Jeremy James, Corporate Communications Phone: 1-858-651-1641 Email: corpcomm@qualcomm.com

Bill Davidson, Investor Relations Phone: 1-858-658-4813 Email: ir@qualcomm.com