Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today unveiled the first palm-sized phone to offer the extraordinary benefits of its Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital technology, including exceptional voice quality and enhanced security.
"For the first time in the history of wireless communications, consumers will have more than just the beauty and convenience a palm-sized phone offers. Qualcomm's Q phone offers the exceptional performance that only our CDMA digital technology can deliver and supports instant wireless access to Internet information at the touch of a button," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "The introduction of the new CDMA digital PCS Q phone provides another example of Qualcomm's leadership in the innovative design and manufacture of the most advanced CDMA digital solutions available today."The new Personal Communications Services (PCS) 1900 MHz Q phone is the smallest and lightest CDMA phone in existence, weighing in at approximately 5 ounces (147 grams). Designed with frequent wireless users in mind, the Q phone offers the convenience of a small phone plus delivers the advanced performance of a complete wireless information appliance. The new Q supports instant wireless access to information previously available only from computing devices, including meeting schedules, airline reservations, stock quotes, weather reports, movie listings and sports scores. The Q phone is expected to become commercially available during summer of 1997.
John de Lancie, who portrayed "Q" on the popular television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation™, was on hand to demonstrate Qualcomm's new phone at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association's Wireless '97 show in San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.
"In designing the smallest CDMA digital phone in existence, Qualcomm endeavored to develop an uncompromising solution for professionals on-the-go that would deliver all of the features and benefits that best serve their lifestyles," said Gina Lombardi, vice president of product development and product management for Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "The new Q PCS phone offers an extraordinary array of features and benefits tailored to the needs of these demanding consumers, and provides these benefits through an exquisitely designed package."
The Q phone is the first CDMA digital phone to offer users a choice of call alerts, including a new vibration mode, allowing users to be silently notified of a call or page, and a variety of programmable ringers. For greater flexibility in call answering, the Q phone offers users a choice to best suit their tastes. Users can select automatic call answer which enables users to answer a call by simply opening the phone, or for those who prefer caller ID, users may choose to have the phone display the call upon opening and answer the call with a single touch. In addition the Qualcomm phone offers a convenient ear-jack and optional headset for hands-free calling.
Like Qualcomm's entire series of CDMA digital portable phones, the Q phone features one of the largest liquid crystal displays (LCD) available, including a four-line by 12 character display area plus a line of icons indicating signal strength, battery status, transmission mode, roaming status and other functions. The large display is ideal for enhanced calling features that the phones support such as incoming caller ID, short messaging service and voice mail alert.
The Q phone will also be upgradeable to accommodate future wireless data and Internet information access options. The Q phone complements Qualcomm's entire family of advanced CDMA digital phones, including the QCP series of cellular and PCS portable phones and the QCT series of cellular and PCS fixed wireless phones. The hallmarks of every Qualcomm CDMA digital phone include crystal clear voice quality, 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 up and 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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