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Operator in Oklahoma Selects Ericsson to Deploy 3G CDMA Wireless Network

Operator in Oklahoma Selects Ericsson to Deploy 3G CDMA Wireless Network Apr 29, 2010

• Cross Wireless dba Sprocket Wireless of Oklahoma will convert its current GSM network in 2010

• Ericsson will be sole provider of all 3G CDMA equipment

• Highlights Ericsson’s commitment to CDMA following Nortel acquisition

Cross Wireless dba Sprocket Wireless has selected Ericsson as the sole supplier for the deployment of its 3G CDMA network. Ericsson will plan, design and deploy the radio access network and a converged packet backbone network for the new 3G CDMA service being launched by Cross Wireless. The converged packet backbone is utilizing the 10G Ericsson SmartEdge 600 for the IP wireless backhaul, multi-cast IPTV traffic and internet service aggregation.

"Our partnership with Ericsson will allow us to expand our network and offer products and services to our customers that we otherwise would not have been able to provide," said V. David Miller II, President of Cross Telephone. "This is the first step toward providing our customers the benefits of a high-speed 4G network in the future."

Cross Telephone currently offers wireline, voice, internet, IPTV and wireless services to customers in parts of eastern Oklahoma. The company is based in Warner, Oklahoma and is scheduled to launch its 3G CDMA voice and data network in the second half of 2010.

"We are pleased to be selected by Cross Wireless for the build and deployment of its CDMA network and converged packet backbone for customers in Oklahoma," said Craig Stein, Ericsson vice president for US Regions, Broadband and Media Accounts. "Ericsson is committed to continue rapidly expanding our CDMA business in the United States with regional operators."

Following the acquisition of the former Nortel wireless assets for North America in 2009, Ericsson is a leading supplier of CDMA solutions for network operators, including the largest operators in the U.S. and Canada as well as many tier II and tier III operators.

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 1 billion subscribers and has a leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises of mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of "to be the prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 75,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 209 billion (USD 32.2 billion) in 2008. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

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For further information, please contact

• Ericsson Corporate Public & Media Relations

• Phone: +46 10 719 69 92

• E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.com

Incredible Device Meets Incredible Network

Incredible Device Meets Incredible Network BASKING RIDGE, NJ — April 29, 2010 — The reach and reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network plus the power of the Android™ platform and the usability of HTC Sense™ equals an incredible experience for Verizon Wireless customers.

The 3G advantage of Verizon Wireless’ largest and most reliable wireless network provides customers with the speed and coverage they need to enjoy the incredible features of DROID Incredible by HTC.

• Rapid Uploads to Social Media Sites – DROID Incredible by HTC gives customers one unified update for Flickr, Facebook® and Twitter.

• Text, Picture and Video Messaging – Customers can share the crisp, detailed images they take with DROID Incredible by HTC’s 8.0 megapixel camera with friends and family.

• Download and Use Cool Apps – DROID Incredible by HTC gives customers access to Android Market™, which currently offers tens of thousands of applications, including exclusive apps from Verizon Wireless such as NFL Mobile and Skype mobile™.

• Browse the Web with Fast Download Times – Customers can keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more at faster speeds.

• Play Music, Games and Videos – With the 3G advantage, customers can more swiftly download and play music favorites from top 40 to classical, stream must-see videos and play exciting games.

Learn more about DROID Incredible by HTC, including pricing and availability, at http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/04/pr2010-04-28d.html.

Media Contact Info:

Tom Pica
, Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com, 
908-559-7516

Twitter Feed: 
http://twitter.com/VZWNetwork

Incredible Apps For An Incredible Smartphone: All On The Incredible Verizon Wireless Network

Incredible Apps For An Incredible Smartphone: All On The Incredible Verizon Wireless Network BASKING RIDGE, NJ — April 29, 2010 — Today’s availability of DROID Incredible by HTC on the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network gives customers access to tens of thousands of applications in Android Market™, including some exclusive apps from Verizon Wireless, to help them create their own Incredible experience.

• NFL Mobile – Exclusive to Verizon Wireless customers, NFL Mobile provides the latest news and information, including in-depth profiles of current players and draft prospects, team updates, mock drafts, expert analysis and more. NFL Mobile is free for a limited time.

• My Verizon – Customers can use this free app to access their Verizon Wireless accounts to get balances, usage numbers and payment information and to update features, services and Family SharePlan® lines.

• Breadcrumbz – This free app allows customers to create personalized picture routes, which can be shared with friends and the world to use at a later time. Using images, maps and voice markers, customers can build routes that go off road or inside buildings.

• Visual Voice Mail – Instead of dialing in to voice mail, customers can use Visual Voice Mail ($2.99 monthly subscription) to access and manage voice mail messages by scrolling through their inboxes to pick the messages they need to listen to, delete or reply to. Customers can choose to respond to their voice mails immediately via text message or callback.

• Skype mobile™ – Another app exclusive to Verizon Wireless, Skype mobile allows customers to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls for free anywhere in the world. Skype mobile is always on, so customers remain connected anytime, anywhere in the United States.

DROID Incredible by HTC, the latest addition to Verizon Wireless’ highly acclaimed Android smartphone family, is available today online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for $199.99 after a $100 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.

For more information on DROID Incredible by HTC and other Verizon Wireless products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info:

Debra Lewis, 
Debra.Lewis@VerizonWireless.com
, 908-559-7512

DROID Incredible: Taking Care Of Enterprise Business

DROID Incredible: Taking Care Of Enterprise Business BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and BELLEVUE, WA — April 29, 2010 — DROID Incredible by HTC, the newest Android device running on the nation’s most reliable wireless 3G network, is well-equipped for the business user with enterprise-grade security, always-on connectivity and much more.

DROID Incredible by HTC offers Exchange ActiveSync® for the security enterprises demand when accessing e-mail, calendars, contacts and tasks while employees are away from the office. The 8.0 megapixel camera with video capture allows employees to take high-quality pictures and videos and share them with colleagues and clients, while the smartphone’s Wi-Fi capability supports simultaneous voice and data to make it easy for employees on the road to connect to the main office. These great business features allow enterprises to equip their workforces with the hottest device without sacrificing security or productivity.

The ultrafast Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, backed by the reliability of the Verizon Wireless network, delivers real-time communication, Web browsing and productivity applications for employees, regardless of where their jobs take them. In addition, DROID Incredible by HTC can be customized to specific business needs with tens of thousands of applications in Android Market™. Enterprise customers can access instant, up-to-date information right from their devices, including:

• Financial Data – Customers can use financial calculators with Pfinance, and Google Finance tracks market stocks and portfolios and news.

• Medical References – Patient diagnosis support is on hand for customers in the healthcare industry with Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, which contains over 35,000 medical terms and clinical calculators and decision support tools such as Neph Calc and GI Calc, both by OxMD Medical Software.

• Productivity Apps – Apps, such as Salesforce.com for mobile sales teams and Documents to Go 2.0 to view and edit Microsoft® Word®, PowerPoint®, Excel®, and OneNote® documents, keep employees productive no matter where they are working.

DROID Incredible by HTC is available today online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for $199.99 after a $100 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. Business customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services for business customers, visit www.verizonwireless.com/business or call 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney
, Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
, 908-559-7518

HTC Public Relations, 
htcpr@wagged.com, 
425-638-7000

Today: DROID Incredible by HTC Delivers An Incredible 3G Experience

Today: DROID Incredible by HTC Delivers An Incredible 3G Experience BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and BELLEVUE, WA — April 26, 2010 — The highly anticipated DROID Incredible by HTC is available today in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

Running on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G network, DROID Incredible by HTC features a touch screen, 8.0 megapixel camera, wide selection of interactive widgets, and Friend Stream for streamlined updates from popular social networking sites. Visit http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/04/pr2010-04-15.html for a complete list of features.

Verizon Wireless customers will receive their DROID Incredible by HTC rebates in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access).

Customers who purchase DROID Incredible by HTC before May 31, 2010, will receive a free 2 GB memory card. This includes customers who pre-ordered the device. Customers can receive only one memory card per DROID Incredible by HTC purchase.

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

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney
, Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com, 
908-559-7518

HTC Public Relations, 
htcpr@wagged.com, 
425-638-7000

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Waterloo, ON – April 26, 2010 – Research In Motion (RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 smartphone – the latest addition to the BlackBerry Bold portfolio of premium smartphones. Sophisticated, powerful and feature-rich, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a global smartphone for CDMA customers who want to stay connected, productive and entertained.

“The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is an extraordinary smartphone that we think customers will love,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “Whether at work or at play, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers a truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience.”

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone supports 3G (EVDO) networks in North America and (HSPA/UMTS) abroad and has a full-QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g), which makes it possible to talk on the phone while browsing the web or sending and receiving email. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 also includes 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB microSDHC cards, with a 2 GB card included.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 fuses form and function in a striking design and, in addition to providing premium phone and multimedia features, it of course delivers the industry’s leading mobile solution for email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and social networking.

Other key features of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone include:

• Stylish design (4.4” x 2.4” x .56” and 4.8 oz.) with glossy black finish and chrome highlights

• Large (2.44”) high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi), able to display pictures, videos and web pages with impressive contrast and detail

• 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording

• Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music, a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and support for the Bluetooth® Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP)

• BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone*

• Easy mobile access to Facebook®, MySpace and Flickr®, as well as popular instant messaging services including BlackBerry® Messenger

• Support for BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones

• Full HTML web browser, streaming audio and video via RTSP

• Built-in GPS with support for geotagging, BlackBerry® Maps and other mapping applications

• Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1).

• Support for high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America, as well as UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad

• Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of CDMA talk time

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone is expected to be available from carriers in the United States beginning in May. For more information visit www.blackberry.com/bold.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Fact Sheet

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Fact Sheet April 26, 2010 - For top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features, the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 smartphone comes with BlackBerry® OS 5.0. It is designed with a smoothly integrated optical trackpad and a highly tactile, distinctive, fretted keyboard, and comes with a vibrant high-resolution display (480 x 360 at 245 ppi). It operates on Sprint’s nationwide 3G (EVDO Rev. A) network domestically, and roams on other high-speed wireless networks around the world for reliable voice and email communication, enabling customers to be more productive and better equipped to manage both their busy personal and business lives. It is ideally suited for those who want to stay socially connected, and lets you share moments through pictures and videos via MMS, and by instant message with popular IM services like BlackBerry® Messenger. It also offers easy access to your favorite social networking sites like Flickr®, MySpace and Facebook®, with smooth integration providing a great view of what’s happening both personally and professionally. Sprint will also offer BlackBerry® App World™ preloaded giving customers access to thousands of applications.

ADVANCED FEATURES:

• BlackBerry® service supports up to 10 business and personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for corporate email installations

• 3.2 MP camera for picture and video capture with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization and autofocus

• 512 MB Flash memory

• Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g)

• 2 GB MicroSD Card included, with support for cards up to 32 GB

• Operates globally on CDMA EV-DO Rev. A, and 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks where Sprint has international roaming agreements. Sprint customers can make or receive phone calls in more than 185 countries, and access BlackBerry data services, including email, apps and Web browsing in nearly 150 countries

• Features built-in GPS for mapping your location, conducting local searches, receiving audible and visual turn-by-turn driving directions, and utilizing the E911 emergency location services where available

• Speaker independent voice dialing for hands free calling

• Speakerphone for hands-free operation

• Features an advanced media player for listening to music, viewing pictures and watching videos, plus there’s a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack

• Bluetooth® 2.1 enabling hands-free, short-range wireless communication using a Bluetooth headset and wireless uploading/downloading to or from a computer. Also, supports Bluetooth Stereo capabilities

• DataViz Documents To Go suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere

• View and update your calendar, schedule appointments, check your task list and more while on the go. Also includes a calculator, alarm clock and memo pad

SPECIFICATIONS:

• Form factor: Sleek, thin design with full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad navigation

• Networks: 800/1900 MHz CDMA, 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA, and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM

• Dimensions: 4.4 inches x 2.4 inches x 0.6 inches (111.8 mm x 61 mm x 15.2 mm)
Weight: 4.8 ounces (136 grams)

• Display: HVGA+ (480 x 360 at 245 ppi)

• Battery Specifications: Li-Ion Battery (1400 mAh)

Advanced Features and Refined Style of BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Coming to Sprint

Advanced Features and Refined Style of BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Coming to Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Apr 26, 2010 --With an extensive array of high-end communications and multimedia features, compact and highly refined design and international roaming capabilities, the new BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9650 smartphone will be available from Sprint. It will operate on Sprint's nationwide 3G Network domestically, and roams on other high-speed wireless networks around the world for reliable voice and email communication.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes & surcharges excluded). It can be purchased in all other Sprint sales channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), Sprint Business Sales, Sprint stores, national retailers and third-party dealers, Sunday, May 23.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 provides instant access to email, calendar, contacts, robust business and entertainment applications and location-based services, leveraging the best performing wireless networks in the United States and abroad. It is also ideally suited for those who want to stay socially connected and share moments through pictures and videos over MMS and popular IM services like BlackBerry(R) Messenger. It also offers easy access to social networking sites like Flickr(R), MySpace(TM) and Facebook(R), with smooth integration, providing a great view of what's happening both personally and professionally.

"BlackBerry Bold 9650 extends Sprint's position of offering the best portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones in the industry with a powerful mobility tool for those who want to stay connected, both domestically and abroad," said Fared Adib, vice president - Product Development, Sprint. "Our customers will appreciate its fast Web browsing, downloads and streaming as well as social media and productivity enhancing applications. This is an ideal smartphone for juggling busy personal and professional lives."

"The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a sophisticated and feature-rich smartphone with uncompromising performance that lets you stay connected to the people and content that matter most, whether at home or travelling the world," said David Smith, vice president of Handheld Product Management, RIM.

In addition to top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone comes with BlackBerry(R) OS 5. It is also designed with a smoothly integrated optical trackpad and a distinctive, highly tactile, fretted keyboard and features a large, high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi).

Additional features include:

• Access to up to 10 supported email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo!(R), Windows Live(TM) Hotmail(R), AOL(R) and Gmail(TM)), plus BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server support offering advanced security and IT administration capabilities for corporate deployments

• Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi(R) (802.11 b/g)

• 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording

• Advanced media player for enjoying pictures, video and music

• 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB microSDHC cards, with a 2 GB microSD card included

• 3.5 mm stereo headset jack

• Support for the Bluetooth(R) stereo headsets (A2DP/AVCRP)

• Sprint Music Store, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV(R), Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile

• BlackBerry(R) App World(TM) for access to thousands of applications

The 3G Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 269 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports. The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) have twice the coverage of AT&T's current 3G network and 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile's current 3G network, both based on square miles1.

According to Sprint performance data, Sprint Mobile Broadband connections are successfully connected and maintained better than 99 out of 100 times. According to a recent independent network test conducted by PC World, no one has a more reliable network than Sprint based on a recent 13 city 3G performance test2.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 for most customers requires activation on an Everything Data plan or a Business Advantage Messaging and Data plan. Additional plan options are available for business customers. For just $69.99 per month, Sprint's affordable Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM gives customers unlimited calling with any U.S. wireless user, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited Web, email and social networking, and unlimited GPS navigation for the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for unlimited talk only. Sprint Everything Data plans also automatically enroll customers in the Sprint Premier loyalty program, which provides annual device upgrades, discounted accessories and other benefits.

Sprint's Simply EverythingSM plan offers nationwide unlimited calling, unlimited text and unlimited data, including email, social networking, Web browsing, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, for only $99.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges). That is a $480 savings over two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone(R) plan3. (Prices exclude taxes and surcharges. Both Everything Data and Simply Everything plans are available to existing customers without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.)

International Travel

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone operates domestically on the Sprint 3G network, and globally on 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GSM/GPRS networks where Sprint has international roaming agreements. With this smartphone, Sprint customers have the power to make or receive phone calls in more than 185 countries and access BlackBerry(R) data services including email, apps and Web browsing in nearly 150 countries.

Sprint offers clear value and simplicity with its Worldwide BlackBerry(R) service plan. The Worldwide BlackBerry plan gives customers unlimited BlackBerry email and Web access in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other locations using CDMA technology, and with UMTS and EDGE/GSM/GPRS carriers abroad where Sprint has applicable roaming agreements. The plan is available to corporate customers for $69.99 per month, or an additional $40 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges) as an attachable to Simply EverythingSM, Everything Data, Everything Data Family or Business Advantage with Messaging and Data plans.

Sprint international voice roaming rates range from $0.59 to $5.99 per minute, depending on where customers are calling. Customers making frequent calls while in Canada can take advantage of a specific service plan for $2.99 per month which allows calls to be made and received at $0.20 per minute. Additional pricing plans are available exclusively to enterprise customers.

Customers also have the option of using a third-party SIM for international voice and data services.

Contact:

Sprint Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511 mark.j.elliott@sprint.com

It’s A DROID, It’s Incredible, It’s On The Nation’s Largest And Most Reliable 3G Network

It’s A DROID, It’s Incredible, It’s On The Nation’s Largest And Most Reliable 3G Network BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and NEW YORK, NY — April 15, 2010 — Verizon Wireless today announced DROID Incredible by HTC, the newest Android device on the nation’s most reliable wireless 3G network, will be available beginning April 29.

Featuring a “topographic” design that demonstrates the powerful engineering just beneath the surface, DROID Incredible by HTC is designed with craftsmanship and precision while making it easier than ever to stay connected.

DROID Incredible by HTC features the newest version of the HTC Sense experience, a seven-panel home screen with a wide selection of interactive widgets so the most important content is immediately available at a touch. Customers will enjoy seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync®, quick and easy access to Flickr for sharing and viewing pictures, video, and Android Market™ with more than 30,000 Google applications. DROID Incredible by HTC is the first Verizon Wireless phone that takes advantage of Qualcomm’s 1GHz superfast Snapdragon processor, and it’s the first available phone from Verizon Wireless to include an 8 megapixel camera.

Shortly after the phone becomes available, customers will be able to enjoy two of the latest exclusive apps from Verizon Wireless – NFL Mobile and Skype mobile™.

Additional Key features:

• Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience

• 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor for maximum responsiveness

• Friend Stream for unified Flickr, Facebook and Twitter updates

• “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels

• 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images

• Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480x800) AMOLED capacitive touch display

• Optical joystick for smooth navigation

• Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys

• Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass

• Integrated GPS

• Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)

• 3.5 mm headset jack

Price and availability:

• DROID Incredible will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning on April 19 and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on April 29. Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 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.

• DROID Incredible customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

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

Media Contact Info

Brenda Raney Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com 908-559-7518

HTC Public Relations htcpr@wagged.com 425-638-7000

Microsoft Ushers In The Next Generation Of The Social Phone With KIN, A New Windows Phone

Microsoft Ushers In The Next Generation Of The Social Phone With KIN, A New Windows Phone REDMOND, WA — April 12, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced KIN, a new Windows® Phone designed specifically for people who are actively navigating their social lives. Brought to life through partnerships with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Sharp Corporation, KIN is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. KIN will be exclusively available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S. beginning in May and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

“Working closely with our partners, we saw an opportunity to design a mobile experience just for this social generation – a phone that makes it easy to share your life moment to moment,” said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. “We built KIN for people who live to be connected, share, express and relate to their friends and family. This social generation wants and needs more from their phone. KIN is the one place to get the stuff you care about to the people you care about most.”

A New Kind of Social Phone
With KIN, social networking is built into the fabric of the phone. KIN has a fun, simple interface, which is designed to help people publish the magazine of their life by making the people and stuff they love the focus rather than menus and icons. The unique hardware design was developed in partnership with Sharp to create a new kind of social phone. There are two models called KIN ONE and KIN TWO. Both phones feature a touch screen and slide-out keyboard. ONE is small and compact, making it a perfect fit for a pocket and to operate with one hand. TWO has a larger screen and keyboard, in addition to more memory, a higher resolution camera, and the ability to record high-definition video. The 5 and 8 megapixel cameras in ONE and TWO, respectively, are designed for use in low light with image stabilization and a bright LumiLED flash.

The New Way to Share
The home screen of the phone is called the KIN Loop, which is always up to date and always on, showing all the things happening in someone’s social world. KIN automatically brings together feeds from leading Microsoft and third-party services such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter all in one place, making it easier to stay connected. Customers can also select their favorite people, and KIN will automatically prioritize their status updates, messages, feeds and photos. Another unique feature, the KIN Spot is a new way for people to share what’s going on in their world. It lets them focus first on the people and stuff they want to share rather than the specific application they want to use. Videos, photos, text messages, Web pages, location and status updates are shared by simply dragging them to a single place on the phone called the Spot. Once all the people and content are in the Spot to share, the consumer can choose how to share, and start broadcasting.

Your Phone, on the Web
KIN Studio is your phone online. Almost everything created on the phone is available in the cloud from any Web browser. Photos and videos are freed from the confines of the phone and presented in an online visual timeline so they are easy to view and share. The KIN Studio automatically backs up texts, call history, photos, videos and contacts, and populates a personalized digital journal so it’s easy to go back in time to relive a crazy weekend or recent birthday. And the KIN Studio gives customers tons of storage to keep all those photos, videos, contacts and texts so they’ll never run out of space on their phone and lose a memory.

Music and More
KIN will be the first Windows Phone to feature a Zune experience – including music, video, FM radio and podcast playback. With a Zune Pass subscription, customers using Zune software on their PC can listen to millions of songs from Zune Marketplace on their KIN while on the go, or load their personal collection. KIN also has other features customers want in a phone including a rich browser with the ability to share pieces of the Web, local and Web search by Bing, and an RSS feed reader to pull down information on people and stories from the Web.

More information and a complete fact sheet on KIN are in the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/KIN.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

Partner Quotes for KIN
“Sharp is excited to team with Microsoft as the exclusive handset manufacturer for the KIN phone. Combining Sharp’s cutting-edge LCD and mobile device technology with Microsoft’s cloud computing technology, KIN represents an innovative new mobile experience. It’s a fun, convenient way to keep connected and another example of how Sharp is committed to improving people’s lives with ubiquitous communications.”

– Mikio Katayama
Global President and COO
Sharp Corporation

“KIN represents a new way to stay connected. We are excited to take our relationship with Microsoft to the next level and be the exclusive carrier of KIN in the U.S.”

– John Harrobin
Senior Vice President
Marketing and Digital Media
Verizon Wireless

“Vodafone is delighted to further its partnership with Microsoft, bringing our customers Microsoft’s latest innovation – KIN. Mobile social networking is increasingly having strong appeal for our customers. KIN has a unique and intuitive way of engaging with the user, enabling them easily to share experiences and stay in touch with their friends. Our aim is to provide our customers with the widest choice of attractive smartphones and the best-in-class experience of new services through Vodafone’s high-speed mobile broadband network. This announcement continues to deliver on our ambition to be the strongest provider of data-centric mobile experiences across platforms and operating systems.”

– Patrick Chomet
Group Director of Terminals
Vodafone

Media Contact Info

Rapid Response Team
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for Microsoft
rrt@waggeneredstrom.com 
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Verizon Wireless And BL Healthcare Trial Remote Healthcare Solutions

Verizon Wireless And BL Healthcare Trial Remote Healthcare Solutions BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and FOXBORO, MA — April 12, 2010 — Verizon Wireless today announced an initiative with BL Healthcare and a number of customers and third-party providers to jointly trial next-generation solutions for the delivery of remote healthcare applications and services to patients. This initiative will provide a unique approach for addressing issues associated with access to quality healthcare and rising healthcare costs.

The solutions will leverage the next-generation BL Healthcare remote health management platform and the secure, reliable network of Verizon Wireless, along with an extensive list of third-party providers to deliver “best of breed” applications and healthcare-related services to patients remotely. It will also offer an alternative approach for healthcare application developers and other healthcare service providers to generate incremental revenue by marketing innovative new applications and services that leverage their expertise and protocols.

“Verizon Wireless selected BL Healthcare as an ecosystem developer that best aligned with our vision of remote, patient-focused, next-generation healthcare,” said John Maschenic, director of healthcare solutions for Verizon Wireless. “The BL Healthcare platform, combined with the Verizon Wireless network, will help healthcare providers select various applications and services based on their patients’ conditions and needs, giving the provider an active role in defining and managing a patient healthcare and wellness program.”

“Verizon Wireless has developed a unique and compelling vision that will change how healthcare-related services are delivered,” said Michael Mathur, president and CEO of BL Healthcare. “We believe that this will result in a new paradigm for healthcare management that will put the patient in control of managing their health and wellness and will result in dramatic improvements in the overall quality and efficiency of healthcare while reducing costs. We are proud and excited to be working with Verizon Wireless as a partner to make this vision a reality.”

The BL Healthcare solution empowers the patient and sets a new standard for ease of use, requiring minimum training. The solution opens up new opportunities for companies that wish to drive improved patient outcomes, business improvement and cost reduction, in addition to benefiting healthcare providers.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services specific to healthcare and other industries, go to http://b2b.vzw.com/industrysolutions/index.html or call 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

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DROID Does Competition: Apps To Help Verizon Wireless Customers Show Their Inner Champions

DROID Does Competition: Apps To Help Verizon Wireless Customers Show Their Inner Champions BASKING RIDGE, NJ — April 8, 2010 — As college basketball and hockey championships come to an end and baseball season starts up, Verizon Wireless has DROID by Motorola customers covered when the competitive spirit strikes. With applications from Android Market™ running on the largest and most reliable 3G network in the United States, customers have a champion’s advantage when they challenge themselves and their opponents.

This week’s highlighted apps get customers in the game, give them a competitive edge, and help them share the thrill of victory.

• Skype mobile™ – A victory is much sweeter when shared with friends and family. Whether boasting a new record or swapping stories of great games, customers can reach loved ones around the globe using Skype mobile. The free app lets customers remain always connected to instantly flaunt achievements.

• Buddy Runner – Buddy Runner is the ultimate personal trainer. Customers can use this free app to track workouts and record routes, distances, times and pace. Automatic postings to Facebook® and Twitter allow customers to share personal bests with friends and family, and audio feedback of workout progress makes it easy to improve training.

• Nintaii – Nintaii is a Japanese term for “patience, perseverance, or endurance.” The 100-level game increases these strengths through brain-twisting puzzles. For $2.99, customers can train their minds with award-winning fun.

• What the Doodle!? – For $1.50, this draw-guess game pits customer against customer in a real-time doodle duel. Fast-draw action and social gaming features make this app challenging, fun and a way to make new friends or rivals.

• WoW Droid Armory – Some competitors want to conquer the world. WoW Droid Armory is a free app that gives customers a strong advantage in World of Warcraft play. Customers can search the database for characters and add character widgets to their home screens to keep a vigilant eye over their champions.

Customers can get these apps and more on DROID by Motorola, available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99. For more information on DROID by Motorola, visit www.droiddoes.com.

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