Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the addition of three new Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital handsets to it's QCP series of portable phones. The new additions include the QCP-2700, the first CDMA 1900 MHz PCS/800MHz analog dual-band phone, the QCP-820 CDMA 800 MHz digital/analog dual-mode phone and the QCP-1920 CDMA 1900 MHz PCS phone. The new series of handsets will become available in the summer of 1997.
"The introduction of the new QCP series of phones reflects Qualcomm's commitment to provide carriers with a breadth of choice for their customers," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "The enhanced performance of our CDMA digital phones is raising consumer expectations for wireless products. The new Qualcomm QCP series of high performance CDMA digital phones provide consumers greater comfort and ease of use. Now consumers will be able to choose the phone that best suits their lifestyle without compromising any of the benefits that CDMA has to offer."
The sleek new CDMA digital phones weigh in at less than 7.5 ounces, and offer a host of new features. All new Qualcomm QCP models come equipped with a unique dial shuttle, allowing users to quickly and easily operate the phone with a single touch. A new user interface provides simple, rapid access to a host of phone features. The new series of phones offers an ergonomically designed earpiece-providing users optimal comfort and exceptional sound reception, even during extended conversations. The phones also include intelligent internal charging controls and three cosmetic battery options, a slim NiMH battery, a standard NiCad battery and an extended Lithium Ion battery providing up to five hours of talk time.
The QCP-2700 is Qualcomm's first dual-band, dual-mode phone offering expanded coverage for today's PCS only subscribers. The new phone will provide carriers an opportunity to capture customers seeking the inherent benefits of CDMA digital PCS performance and the ability to roam outside their PCS coverage areas.
Qualcomm's entire series of QCP CDMA digital phones features the industry's largest liquid crystal display (LCD), including a four-line by 12 character display area plus a line of icons that indicate signal strength, battery status, roaming status and other functions. The large display is ideal for enhanced calling features the phones support such as incoming caller ID, short messaging service and voice mail alert. The hallmarks of every Qualcomm CDMA digital phone include exceptionally clear voice quality, reduced background noise, enhanced privacy, fewer dropped calls, and longer talk and stand-by times.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products include the Eudora Pro™ electronic mail software, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development, continued growth in the CDMA subscriber population and the scale upand operations of CDMA systems, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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