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Boat U.S. Members Now Benefit from Sprint Wireless Services

Boat U.S. Members Now Benefit from Sprint Wireless Services OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Apr. 21, 2009-- Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) has selected Sprint as the exclusive wireless partner for its Members. Through this new partnership, more than 600,000 BoatU.S. Members now have the opportunity to purchase discounted wireless devices and services from Sprint. BoatU.S. employees also can take advantage of the discount program.

“The innovative products and technology that Sprint is known for fit well with the boating lifestyle,” said Nancy Michelman, BoatU.S. President. “In these challenging times, I know our Members will be pleased with the discounts and the selection of plans and services our new partner provides.”

To help BoatU.S. Members stay connected and productive from virtually wherever they are, the partnership offers a variety of promotions and special offers on select Sprint products and services, including multimedia devices, smart phones, rugged devices, Nextel Direct Connect®-capable phones, Sprint Mobile Broadband connection cards, and monthly wireless services. Sprint will also offer a wireless data package created specifically for BoatU.S. Members to use on the water for safety, information and Internet browsing.

“We’re honored to be among the elite group of companies who serve the BoatU.S. Membership as the exclusive wireless partner,” said John Dupree, vice president – enterprise and federal, Sprint. “This relationship illustrates Sprint’s strategy to partner with various organizations to bring more value to members and employees and help them save money particularly during these challenging economic times.”

BoatU.S. Members can learn more about Sprint services by visiting

Sprint serves BoatU.S. through its newly formed Business Markets Group (BMG). Composed of more than 4,000 sales, support, marketing and operations personnel, Sprint’s BMG is dedicated solely to enterprise, general business and public sector customers. BMG delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the nation’s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,* 4G capabilities that are well ahead of Sprint’s competition, the fastest national push-to-talk network**, and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of devices and applications.

* “Dependable” based on independent, third party drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the top 50 most populous markets from June ’08 to Nov. ’08.

**fastest based on initial call set-up time.


Sprint Stephanie Greenwood 913-794-3658

Sprint Mobile Broadband 2-in-1 Card by Sierra Wireless

Sprint Mobile Broadband 2-in-1 Card by Sierra Wireless April 21, 2009 - The AirCard® 402 is a sleek and innovative solution that supports PC and Mac notebook computers with EV-DO Rev. A wireless access, leveraging Sprint’s Mobile Broadband network. For those Mobile Broadband users who want to use the card slot on their laptop instead of a USB port for mobile broadband connectivity, the AirCard 402 is convenient and ultra compact to make frequent use and travel easy. Designed to work with both ExpressCard and PC Card slots, the AirCard 402 includes a locking 2-in-1 adapter to go from PC Card to ExpressCard slots with ease.


• Compatibility: Windows® Vista, XP, 2000, MAC OSX, Linux

• Dimensions: 5.11” x 2.13” x 0.42”

• Weight: 2.08 oz

• Chipset: Qualcomm® QSC 6085

• Frequency: Dual-band (CDMA 1900 and 800 MHz); supports EV-DO 1xRTT, Rev. 0 and Rev. A when available

• Antenna: Built-in

System Requirements:

• Memory: 64 MB

• Disk Space: 32 MB

• Slots: Express Card or PCMCIA Type II Card slot

• Processor: Pentium 150MHz or higher

• Dial-Up Networking: DUN bound to TCP/IP


• Simple Installation of Sprint SmartView™ Software: The AirCard 402 includes Sierra Wireless’s automatic software installation experience for Sprint SmartView. A CD is no longer required so you’re up and running in fewer steps and less time. If you switch to a new laptop, the AirCard 402 will automatically begin the installation setup and you won’t need to search for a setup CD. Hands-Free Activation will complete the setup by automatically activating the device on Sprint’s Mobile Broadband network quickly and easily. Users will need to have the device’s ESN on a Sprint account before starting the installation process.

• Sprint’s Mobile Broadband Network: The Sprint AirCard 402 delivers the best possible performance a 3G network can offer. AirCard 402 owners will enjoy typical upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps with peak speeds of 1.8 Mbps and typical download speeds of 600 Kbps - 1.4 Mbps with peak speeds of 3.1 Mbps where EV-DO Revision A is available. This means a 500 KB presentation can be sent to your client in eight seconds from the airport lounge. In areas where Rev. A networks are not available, the AirCard 402 is backward-compatible to Rev. 0 and 1xRTT networks.

• Durable, High-Performance Design: Featuring a fixed, internal antenna and high strength plastics, the AirCard 402 is built for maximum ruggedness and reliability. Its compact design takes away the worry of storage, breakage and unplugging; the AirCard 402 extends about an inch from the side of your notebook, allowing users to leave the card plugged in while on the go.

• GPS Capabilities: The AirCard 402 includes high-performance GPS capabilities for a quick and accurate fix on your location. With the latest version of Sprint SmartView software, the AirCard 402 provides access to desktop GPS applications and/or location-based services to “locate and search” the nearest bank, restaurant or gas station. Simply open Sprint SmartView and click the GPS bar in the Mobile Broadband window. A GPS drawer then opens up, offering One-Touch access to search categories.

• Eye-Catching, Lighted Graphics: The AirCard 402 is the first card form factor from Sprint to incorporate a new and innovative lighted design. Plug the AirCard 402 into your laptop and watch the graphics light up. Passers-by will be sure to notice your device once it’s lit and your ability to connect to broadband networks wirelessly.

For more information visit

Caroline Semerdjian, Sprint, 415-278-5364,

Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, 604-232-1445,

ZTE Establishes China's First IMS-Based EV-DO Video Telephony

ZTE Establishes China's First IMS-Based EV-DO Video Telephony 16 April 2009 - Shenzhen, China - ZTE Corporation ('ZTE'), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions today announced that it has partnered with Sichuan Telecom to successfully establish the first IMS-based EV-DO video telephony (VT) call in China. Meanwhile, ZTE plans to launch a series of commercial EV-DO terminals equipped with video phone features by end of Q2 this year.

The Sichuan Telecom’s IMS network is the largest and most comprehensive commercial network of China Telecom, the parent company of Sichuan Telecom. The network, which ZTE helped to deploy, has been smoothly in operation offering rich ICT convergence services and multimedia services.

VT is one of the ‘killer applications’ of 3G. The IMS-based EV-DO VT calls that ZTE successfully made this time through various modes including phone-to-phone calls, as well as communication between two personal computers. All these calls were capable of smoothly transmitting multimedia images, providing good voice quality as well as offering exceptional user experience.

Sichuan Telecom appointed ZTE to help them deploy their EV-DO network, which was officially made available on April 16, 2009. ZTE was selected by Sichuan Telecom due to its ability to provide world-class quality network solutions and proven track record in network deployment. The EV-DO network supports Revision A, peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps. China Telecom plans to launch its EV-DO network in phases and will cover over 80 key cities across China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Fuzhou.

"The successful launching of Sichuan Telecom IMS project demonstrates a good example of how far China's 3G CDMA market has achieved," said Mr. Xu Ziyang, General Manager of Core Network, ZTE Corporation. "ZTE is committed to propelling the development of 3G market by continuously developing end-to-end business and commercial VT solutions to the industry. Moving forward, we'll offer comprehensive value-added services for VT-driven businesses, including multimedia ring back tones, multimedia image display, multimedia conferencing, and dynamic address book," added Mr. Xu.

ZTE is China Telecom's largest 3G CDMA network equipment supplier, providing the company the most number of equipment over the rest of network vendors in China. ZTE has the biggest share of China Telecom's network contract, particularly for its wireless access equipment, core network and business service platforms.

ZTE is the only core network vendor in the industry that supports all access technologies. Its comprehensive product portfolio includes Fixed Softswitch, Mobile Softswitch, as well as a full range of IMS products and solutions. As of Q1 2009, ZTE's Core Network products have serviced 1.13 billion subscribers from 110 countries worldwide.

HTC Touch Diamond Available On Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network

HTC Touch Diamond Available On Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and BELLEVUE, WA - April 9, 2009 - Verizon Wireless and HTC Corporation today announced that the HTC Touch Diamond™ will be available tomorrow through business sales channels and online at The ideal productivity tool for busy professionals, the HTC Touch Diamond combines a fashionable mobile design with the added benefit of the nation’s most reliable voice and data network for fast e-mail and Internet connectivity.

Available color: Black

Key features:

* Brilliant 2.76-inch touch screen display for navigating Web pages on the built-in Opera browser

* 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera

* microSDâ„¢ card slot that can support up to 16 GB of memory for extra storage of pictures, videos and music

* Customers can choose either the familiar Windows Mobile® home screen or the intuitive HTC TouchFLO™ 3D user interface

* Supports the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional platform and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office applications

Lifestyle Features:

* Visual Voice Mail to help customers prioritize their messages

* VZ Navigator(SM)-capable to provide customers with audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and get directions to any address in the U.S. and share the directions with others

* Mobile IM to stay connected to colleagues when away from the office


* The HTC Touch Diamond will be available for $299.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

* VZ Navigator is available for $9.99 monthly access, and Visual Voice Mail is available for $2.99 monthly access. Other charges may apply when downloading or using applications.

* For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit Business customers should call 1-800-VZW-4BIZ or contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representatives.

Media Contact Info

Brenda Raney 908-559-7518

Keith Nowak HTC Corporation 425-679-5328

Romtelecom Launches Mobile Internet Services For Prices Starting At 4.9 €/month

Romtelecom Launches Mobile Internet Services For Prices Starting At 4.9 €/month April 6, 2009 - Romtelecom has officially launched its CDMA based commercial offer in approx. 20 major cities of Romania for both residential and business customers. Clicknet Mobile Internet, the newest service in the company’s portfolio, has promotional prices starting from 4.9 €/month, VAT excluded.

Subscribers from more than 20 cities (for example: Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Piatra Neamt, Ploiesti, Constanta, Arad, Iasi, Sibiu, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Oradea, Galati, etc) and from approx. 450 localities throughout the country can benefit of the mobile Internet offering provided by Romtelecom.

“The newest service from Romtelecom, mobile Internet, completes our service portfolio and adds even more value to it. Our customers have now extended choices to enjoy the Internet experience even on the move,” stated Yorgos Ioannidis, CEO Romtelecom.

The new services will be launched and promoted at local level and regionally where at the same time coverage is continuously expanding to serve selected areas (urban and rural) of the country. Currently, there are close to 170 base stations in operation throughout the country and this number is increasing on a daily basis.

Romtelecom’s strategy for CDMA is to extend the network coverage in order to offer basic and supplementary services and is also targeting areas where is difficult and not economical to be served by fixed infrastructure (by cable, fiber, etc), thus contributing to lowering the digital divide between the urban and rural population by offering both fixed voice and wireless broadband services.

Customers who want to subscribe to mobile Internet can choose one of the four Romtelecom Clicknet Mobile subscriptions, with up to 3.1 Mbps download speed and up to 12 GB volume traffic. The tariffs per MB for the extra traffic begin from 0.001 €, VAT excluded.

All Romtelecom’s fixed broadband Internet customers benefit of the promotional tariffs, starting from 4.9 €/month, VAT excluded. Clicknet Mobile 0.5 GB subscription is available for contracts signed for a 2 year period.

The promotional tariffs for USB modems are up to 70% discounted and vary between 25 and 50 €, VAT excluded, depending on the type of subscription. The data modems that are utilized are made by AnyData, the model is the ADU-510L USB EV-DO card type.

The CDMA offer also includes wireless fixed telephony, wireless fixed broadband Internet and VPN solutions. The customers who want to subscribe to the fixed telephony over CDMA will have available the same subscription portfolio and tariffs as the PSTN customers and plus limited geographical mobility. The equipment for fixed voice services are also 70% discounted. The private networking solution addresses business customers and ensures connectivity between the customer’s points of presence. More details on Romtelecom CDMA offer are available at:, at Romtelecom or dealer shops and by calling either our call center at: 1930 or our help desk at: 0800.80.CDMA (free of charge call in Romtelecom network).

Alcatel-Lucent To Develop Satellite Base Station Sub-Systems For SkyTerra And TerreStar To Support 3G Satellite Communications

Alcatel-Lucent To Develop Satellite Base Station Sub-Systems For SkyTerra And TerreStar To Support 3G Satellite Communications CTIA WIRELESS 2009 -- Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, April 1 2009 – SkyTerra and TerreStar Networks jointly announced an agreement today for the development of innovative mobile network technology that integrates Qualcomm’s EV-DO-based satellite communications technology into an Alcatel-Lucent base station. The satellite-adapted EV-DO base stations -- developed by Alcatel-Lucent -- will form key components of SkyTerra’s and TerreStar’s integrated satellite-terrestrial networks designed to offer uninterrupted voice and data service coverage throughout North America.

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will work with SkyTerra and TerreStar to develop satellite base station sub-systems, or S-BSS, based on Qualcomm’s Satellite DO technology, a satellite-adapted implementation of CDMA/EV-DO. These base stations will support seamless connectivity between satellite and terrestrial networks for users of next-generation, satellite-capable devices.

TerreStar and SkyTerra previously announced an agreement with Qualcomm under which Qualcomm is integrating this satellite and cellular communication technology in select multi-mode mobile chipsets.

The next-generation networks being developed by SkyTerra and TerreStar will enable ubiquitous mobile communications coverage from anywhere in North America using mass-market devices costing about the same as today’s cellular devices.

“The S-BSS being developed by Alcatel-Lucent is a central and critical component of SkyTerra’s next-generation network,” said Brian Deobald, SkyTerra VP of Technology and Product Development. “For the first time, satellite communications will be able to achieve economies of scale traditionally enjoyed in the cellular marketplace. We are pleased to rely on Alcatel-Lucent’s proven expertise in communications technology to enable Qualcomm’s Satellite DO chipset technology in an innovative satellite base station.”

David Marshack, SVP Product & Device Technology at TerreStar Networks, added, “We look forward to the robust product line the Alcatel-Lucent S-BSS together with the Qualcomm chip enables TerreStar to bring to market. This solution helps us achieve our goal of providing a combined satellite terrestrial solution to government, public safety and enterprise users who require anytime anywhere communications in a compact form factor. We believe this combined solution is a game changer for our industry.”

“As the leader in CDMA/EV-DO technology, Alcatel-Lucent is helping pave the way for a new dimension in mobile communications using next-generation satellite networks,” said Robert Vrij, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas business. “Through the integration of 3G technology and satellite networks Alcatel-Lucent is enabling SkyTerra and TerreStar Networks to bring high-quality mobile voice and data coverage to hard-to-reach, underserved areas throughout North America.”

Media Contacts:

Denise Panyik-Dale Alcatel-LucentT: +1 973 943

Tom Surface SkyTerra T: +1 703 390 1579

Kelly AdamsTerreStarT: +1 703 483

Spirent® Communications Brings The Real World Into The Wireless Test Lab

Spirent® Communications Brings The Real World Into The Wireless Test Lab Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 1, 2009 — Spirent Communications plc, a global leader in wireless infrastructure, devices and application testing, today introduced Virtual Drive Test and Fading Lab functionality on Spirent’s SR5500 Wireless Channel Emulator, the award-winning solution for wireless receiver performance testing. Virtual Drive Test allows rapid re-creation of RF conditions to bring real-world field testing of mobile devices into the lab. Fading Lab enables the creation or replay of highly-detailed, advanced radio environments from a wide range of data sources.

Wireless operators and manufacturers traditionally rely on fleets of drivers to perform mobile field testing, also referred to as drive testing, to verify the operational and performance capabilities of mobile devices and services. This approach is neither repeatable nor cost-efficient.

“Virtual Drive Test reduces the amount of physical field testing required in a product’s life cycle resulting in significant cost savings,” said Rob VanBrunt, vice president of Spirent’s CDMA and Physical Layer market segment. “It also offers some clear technical advantages over field testing, enabling the same precise scenario to be repeated across multiple test runs, eliminating much of the uncertainty inherent to field testing.”

Virtual Drive Test uses Spirent’s exclusive Dynamic Environment Emulation (DEE) feature to provide a more rigorous and sustainable alternative. Virtual Drive Test generates a set of controlled dynamic RF channels based on channel parameter data. Complex radio mobility scenarios can be created without deploying scores of vans, and the RF environment remains consistent between test iterations.

Spirent’s new Fading Lab supplements the SR5500’s existing real-time engine with a new “Fading Data Playback” engine. The Fading Lab engine converts data into a sample-accurate wireless RF environment. The Fading Lab’s universal interface accepts data from a wide range of sources including channel-sounding tools and software packages. Virtually any mathematical or ray-tracing software package can be used to synthesize the input data, as can custom software packages or scripts. The text-based template allows the user to create any customized fading model imaginable.

“For wireless operators and device manufacturers, the Spirent SR5500 has been there to eliminate the risk of missing a critical RF issue.” added VanBrunt. “Now Fading Lab’s flexibility eliminates the risk of running up against a channel model your equipment can’t address.”

The Fading Lab includes Fading Studio, a software package that creates advanced channel scenarios for testing MIMO and other multiple-antenna systems. These already include Spatial Channel Models (SCMs/SCMEs), with models defined by the European Wireless World Initiative New Radio (WINNER) consortium to follow shortly.

Demonstrations of the Spirent SR5500 and the company’s wide range of other wireless device, application and infrastructure testing solutions will be showcased at Booth #744 at CTIA Wireless 2009, April 1-3 in Las Vegas. For more information visit

Company Contact:

Sailaja Tennati Spirent Communications PR Manager Direct: 770-432-3225 Business: 240-291-6044

Sierra Wireless USB 598 Now Available For Use On The Verizon Wireless Network

Sierra Wireless USB 598 Now Available For Use On The Verizon Wireless Network LAS VEGAS, Nevada – April 1, 2009 – Sierra Wireless today announced that the Sierra Wireless USB 598 is compatible with the Verizon Wireless network after going through the wireless leader’s open development program. The Sierra Wireless USB 598 is now available for purchase through Brightpoint, Brightstar, and

The Sierra Wireless USB 598 incorporates a compact, eye-catching lighted design and serves as a practical alternative to hotspots for digital nomads who need quick Internet access to download a presentation from the backseat of a taxi or to send photos from a park. Using the Verizon Wireless network, customers can download a 1 MB file in approximately eight seconds, or upload it in less than 13 seconds. The Sierra Wireless USB 598 supports EV-DO Rev. A technology, providing average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. With an expandable microSD™ memory slot, the Sierra Wireless USB 598 can also serve as a backup storage device for important files, and a convenient tool to transfer and share photos.

“Verizon Wireless is committed to encouraging innovation and expanding the choices for mobile broadband customers,” said Tony Lewis, vice president of open development at Verizon Wireless. “Adding the Sierra Wireless USB 598 to the wide range of devices that are compatible with the Verizon Wireless network provides a new option for accessing the most reliable wireless 3G data network in the country.”

“We are pleased that the Sierra Wireless USB 598 is compatible with the Verizon Wireless network after going through the Verizon Wireless open development program,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “The Sierra Wireless USB 598 offers fast, reliable wireless connectivity from a notebook computer to simplify life on-the-go for mobile professionals and digital nomads.”

Verizon Wireless’ open development program is designed to offer businesses and consumers the ability to use wireless devices, software, and applications not offered by the company on its nationwide wireless network. It is driven by the company’s desire to encourage innovation, give customers new wireless choices, and quickly address opportunities to expand the wireless market.

Sierra Wireless USB 598

* Potential data speeds of 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and 1.8 Mbps on the uplink. * TRU-Install™ software installation technology steps first-time users through quick installation of the drivers and full software client directly from the modem, with no CD required.

* microSD™ slot allows for convenient storage and transfer of photos and other information between your laptop and your phone or another computer.

* Convenient, flexible usage options, including a laptop clip and an extension cable to allow the modem to be clipped to the notebook display.

* TRU-Diversity™ – Sierra Wireless’s patent-pending design that maximizes data performance for the fastest speed, strongest signal and most stable connection possible.

* Sierra Wireless Watcher™ connection manager installs directly from the device and offers an intuitive dashboard that provides status, performance, and network information.

Where to Purchase

Brightpoint and Brightstar are the official distribution partners for the Sierra Wireless USB 598 modem. For more information on the Sierra Wireless USB 598 modem, contact:

* Brightpoint at 800-952-2355 or visit online at

* Brightstar at 877-7BRIGHT or visit online at

Enterprise customers interested in purchasing the Sierra Wireless USB 598 modem, please contact your Sierra Wireless sales representative, visit, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by phone at (604) 232-1488 or by email at Individual purchases can also be processed through the Sierra Wireless eStore at

A demonstration of the Sierra Wireless USB 598 modem will be available this week at CTIA Wireless 2009, held April 1 to 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. To learn more about the availability of the Sierra Wireless USB 598 and the Verizon Wireless Open Development Program, please drop by to visit at #6015 or stop by the Sierra Wireless booth at #6538 in Central Hall 4.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless USB 598, please visit

Media Contacts:

Sharlene Myers Sierra Wireless 604.232.1445

Andrea Brasset High Road Communications 613.688.1192

Pocket Chooses Nortel For 3G CDMA Network Launch In US Northeast And Network Expansion In Texas

Pocket Chooses Nortel For 3G CDMA Network Launch In US Northeast And Network Expansion In Texas LAS VEGAS - April 1, 2009 – Pocket Communications, the fastest growing wireless company in Texas, has launched a new network to serve markets in the U.S. Northeast plus expanding the capacity of its South Texas wireless network with 3G CDMA technology from Nortel*.

Pocket offers its low-cost, high-quality wireless phone service to new subscribers in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and will be launching its service in parts of New York state in 2009. With this expansion Pocket hopes to build upon the success the company has had in Texas. Pocket's current 3G CDMA2000 1X network in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Laredo has enjoyed unprecedented growth in just two years by attracting more than three hundred thousand (300K) subscribers with its flat-rate plans for unlimited voice minutes, text and picture messaging.

Nortel helped Pocket build out its 3G CDMA network in Texas and will remain the equipment provider for continued expansion in that state, as well as Pocket's entry into northeastern U.S.

"The Pocket model is about simplicity and what we've termed 'smart' wireless," explained Paul Posner, president and CEO, Pocket. "That means no complicated or pricey plans, no contracts, just a high-quality, reliable voice and data service at affordable prices."

"Nortel's 3G CDMA solution delivers the network performance our subscribers demand. We've also found that by using the latest 3G CDMA technology, we're able to lower our cost of ownership and pass those savings along to our customers," said Amir Rajwany, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Pocket Communications.

As part of both deployments, Nortel will supply the ATCA-compliant, VSE-based Packet Mobile Switching Center and Media Gateway 15000 , providing a high-density softswitch architecture in a small footprint. Enhanced Base Station Controllers and Base Stations, designed and built with unique innovations in power amplifiers and transceivers, will also be deployed. This technology allows significant reductions in power consumption creating a more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly network, while giving Pocket subscribers high-quality voice and multimedia services.

"CDMA technology is an excellent choice for providers like Pocket and will give them the capacity, cost point, and performance they need," said Richard Lowe, president, Carrier Networks, Nortel. "Industry estimates have the CDMA subscriber base exceeding half a billion with steady growth for the foreseeable future. CDMA is expected to form the foundation for profitable growth for Pocket and other operators around the world for years to come, particularly as the demands of Hyperconnectivity increase."

Nortel's CDMA solutions provide investment protection and a standards-based, cost-effective evolution path to LTE . As a leader in wireless solutions, Nortel is leading the evolution driving standards and delivering innovative solutions to service providers with the most cost-effective path to 4G while growing existing networks with maximum return on investments.

*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.

**This is a 3rd party link as described in our Web linking practices .

Contacts for Press and Analysts:

Karen Monaghan 613-763-1133

Pocket Communications Launches ZTE’s Tri-Band C79 And C78

Pocket Communications Launches ZTE’s Tri-Band C79 And C78 LAS VEGAS – April 1, 2009 - ZTE USA, Inc., a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a leading global telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider, announced that its C79 and C78 Tri-Band handsets are now available through Pocket Communications to subscribers in its New England and Texas markets. In addition to the C88, this will be the second and third handsets ZTE has launched with Pocket Communications in 2009.

Both stylish and affordable options, the ZTE C78 and C79 are full-featured handsets that operate on AWS and PCS frequency bands and provide over 60MB of user memory for users who want to download games, ringtones and applications. The suite of features also includes Bluetooth capabilities and picture messaging. The ZTE C78 features a sleek design with a 2-inch backlit color display in a black and silver candy bar casing. The ZTE C79 is a clamshell phone equipped with a 1.3 Megapixel camera and an MP3 player with external music keys, a unique feature allowing users to listen to music and manage their playlists with ease.

“We are pleased to be expanding our carrier reach by partnering with Pocket Communications, one of the fastest growing carriers in the U.S.,” said Dr. George Sun, CEO, ZTE USA. “Particularly in this current economic climate, ZTE understands that it is more important than ever to provide carriers with the options consumers are looking for and devices equipped with the latest features at affordable prices.”

“At Pocket Communications, our mandate is to provide our customers with high quality handsets and services at attractive price points,” said Paul Posner, President and CEO, Pocket Communications. “We continue to demonstrate this commitment by launching the latest handsets from ZTE, the C78 and C79. Both are affordable mid-tier devices that deliver a rich user experience to our customers.”

“It’s important for Pocket Communications to partner with the right handset vendor who can provide the best technology with innovation and value for our customers,” said Amir Rajwany, Executive VP and CTO, Pocket Communications. “ZTE continues to be a good partner and has provided us with devices that allow us to meet the needs of our customers.”

As with all its products, ZTE both designs and manufactures its handsets in-house. ZTE USA offers a full portfolio of end-to-end wireless handset and networking solutions in the U.S. The company's handsets have won numerous design awards, and its flexible product design and manufacturing cycle enables ZTE USA to quickly deliver affordable products to customers.

ZTE USA Contacts:

ZTE USA, Inc. Stacy Rupert, 972-671-8885 x131 or Bite Communications Pamela Block, 212-857-9384 or Pocket Contact: Komet Marketing Communications Leslie Komet Ausburn, 1-210-479-7255

Kyocera Communications Inc. Unveils Third-Generation QWERTY Texting Phone And Stylish New Slider At CTIA Wireless 2009

Kyocera Communications Inc. Unveils Third-Generation QWERTY Texting Phone And Stylish New Slider At CTIA Wireless 2009 Las Vegas, Nev., April 1, 2009 - Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI), the newly formed sales, marketing and service organization for Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices in the Americas, today announced two new Kyocera CDMA handsets at the CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show in Las Vegas. The G2GO M2000 (pronounced "Good-to-Go") and Laylo M1400 address a need for affordability and value in today's challenging economy, yet they also come from product categories in which Kyocera has rich history and expertise.

The G2GO M2000 is Kyocera's third-generation handset to offer a full QWERTY keypad in a low-cost, text-centric device. It's a category Kyocera helped to create with the introduction of the Strobe in early 2006. Kyocera's Laylo M1400 is an ultra-stylish slider design, a form factor Kyocera brought to the North American CDMA handset market in 2003 with the SE47 Slider.

"The G2GO and Laylo support our current strengths as an innovative leader in handset manufacturing providing consumers with a blend of style, functionality and affordability," said Eric Anderson, vice president of sales at KCI. "The integration of Kyocera Wireless and the former Sanyo mobile handset group is expanding those strengths to include higher-tiered handsets going forward while still providing functional, affordable and feature-rich devices like these."

Kyocera G2GO M2000

A follow-up to the very successful Lingo M1000 QWERTY handset, the Kyocera G2GO M2000 sports a stylish design with slide-out QWERTY keypad and Bluetooth® wireless technology to make messaging a snap via SMS, EMS, MMS, Instant Messaging, and IMAP/POP3 email*. For the photo obsessed, the G2GO can't be beat. It includes a full-featured 1.3 megapixel camera with dedicated key, digital zoom and photo editing. The phone uses an accelerometer to switch the huge 2.4-inch QVGA display from portrait to landscape orientation as the phone is turned. The G2GO also features a music player with dedicated keys and playlist management and a microSD™ card slot for up to 8GB of additional music and picture storage.

Additional features include built-in MP3 and polyphonic ringtones, screensavers, wallpapers and caller alerts, predictive text-input software for rapid text entry, Java™ support, a WAP 2.0 browser and BREW® 3.1.5 technology to download games, ringers, wallpapers, and more. Voice recognition features include voice tags, voice digit-dialing and voice response. Handy tools include scheduler, calculator, alarm clock, stopwatch, tip calculator, countdown timer, voice memos and airplane mode along with a directory that can store up to 500 contacts.

The handset measures 113 x 52 x 17 mm, weighs just 120 grams and boasts a talk time up to 250 minutes and standby time of up to 200 hours.

Kyocera Laylo M1400

The Kyocera Laylo slides into style with a compact design that opens to a large, bright 2.2-inch contoured QVGA display for edge-to-edge screen viewing. Perfect for the on-the-go user, the Laylo features a slide-out self portrait vanity mirror on the back. A large keypad with tactile and visual separation makes for faster, easier typing. The very affordable handset also features a VGA camera with digital zoom for quick snaps. The Laylo features Bluetooth® 2.0 wireless technology, a WAP 2.0 browser, and is both BREW® 3.1.5 and JAVA™ enabled.

Other great Laylo features include a speakerphone with dedicated key, speaker-independent voice recognition, MMS, SMS and instant messaging, a contact directory of 500 names with up to five numbers each and convenience tools such as alarm, calculator, scheduler, stopwatch, timer, tip calculator and world clock.

The handset measures 94.7 x 46.7 x 17.0 mm and weighs in at just 90 g. It boasts a talk time of up to 200 minutes and a standby time of 200 hours.

For more information, contact:

Kyocera Communications Inc. John Chier phone: 858.882.3543 e-mail:

LPI Communications for Kyocera Melody Parrette phone: 858.361.9731 e-mail: