cdmaOne Handset Availability Increases As Market Demand Continues to Expand
Leading Wireless Manufacturers Respond to cdmaOne Operators Escalating Needs
COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 8, 1997 - - Following the recent flurry of cdmaOne subscriber product launches by many of the worlds leading wireless manufacturers, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced a significant increase in cdmaOne handset availability. Many of these cdmaOne handset product launches were announced last month at the Personal Communications Showcase (PCS 97) in Dallas, underscoring the continued success of cdmaOne systems globally.
The rapidly increasing availability of dual-band/dual-mode cdmaOne phones is particularly noteworthy, as they provide cdmaOne users with the ability to seamlessly roam from digital cdmaOne PCS systems to traditional analog systems using the same phone. Dual-band/dual-mode phones, which can operate in CDMA digital mode in the PCS band (1.9 GHz) and in analog mode in the cellular (800 MHz) band, provide cdmaOne PCS carriers with a significant competitive advantage through expanded coverage.
"The current demand for handsets proves that cdmaOne momentum is rapidly increasing as operators continue to roll out cdmaOne systems throughout the world. At the same time, manufacturers are providing operators with competitive advantages via a variety of cdmaOne handset model choices and pricing options," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "The expanded coverage offered by dual-band/dual-mode phones provides a powerful advantage for established PCS carriers as well as new service providers in the D, E and F blocks."
CDG member manufacturers, including Audiovox, Fujitsu NTS, Hyundai, LGIC, Maxon America, Motorola, NEC America, Nokia, Oki Telecom, Philips Consumer Communications, QUALCOMM, Samsung, Siemens Wireless Terminals and Sony Electronics, have recently expanded their cdmaOne subscriber product lines or plan to introduce cdmaOne handsets in 1998.
Worldwide, cdmaOne handset manufacturing capacity will approach 15 million units per year by the end of 1998. The widespread availability of cdmaOne handsets, in turn, is expected to substantially reduce handset prices and make cdmaOne wireless services available to an even larger customer base. (*For an overview of cdmaOne handset models, contact the CDG News Bureau for a complete cdmaOne subscriber unit fact sheet.)cdmaOne Subscriber Products Fact Sheet
In addition, cdmaOne handsets offer expanded design options, including light-weight models and a host of battery configurations to meet price and performance requirements. Most cdmaOne phones also support enhanced features such as short messaging services, caller ID, voice mail and over-the-air activation.