Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) andTranscommunications Incorporated today announced that Memphis, Tenn.-based M.S. Carriers Inc. has made Qualcomm's CabCARD™ Personal Communications system available to its 2,300 drivers. M.S. Carriers' decision to purchase the CabCARD system demonstrates the company's commitment to providing its drivers with the most advanced communications technology available by helping them keep in contact with family and friends.
"M.S. Carriers is a family-oriented company," said Mike Reaves, senior vice president driver services, M.S. Carriers. "We support any method we can use to help our drivers communicate in a more timely and direct manner with family and friends."
Introduced to the transportation industry in October of last year, CabCARD Personal Communications is a pre-paid service providing discounted long distance phone rates, voice-mail capabilities, driver e-mail and P/E Mail. The only service of this kind in the transportation industry, CabCARD allows Internet e-mail to be sent and received directly from the cab of the truck using the OmniTRACS® mobile communications terminal. In association with Transcommunications Incorporated, Qualcomm's domestic users of the OmniTRACS system are finding that CabCARD makes it easy and less expensive to keep in touch with friends and family while on the road.
"I cannot stress enough the importance of the real-time aspect of the message" emphasized Reaves. "Should an emergency arise, family members can contact the trucks immediately and our drivers have a comfort level knowing they are easily accessible. We especially like the P/E Mail feature which allows a pre-programmed e-mail message to be sent to the driver from a touch-tone phone without using a personal computer."
In an industry where driver turnover averages nearly 100 percent annually, keeping drivers satisfied is an important aspect of driver retention. "As an established Qualcomm customer, we are pleased that M.S. Carriers is offering the unique benefits of the CabCARD to its drivers" said John Sarto, president of Qualcomm's OmniTRACS Division.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., Transcommunications Incorporated develops and implements complex value-added telecommunications solutions, software and controlled access services for the transportation, retail, corporate travel, computer and software industries. Products include intelligent telecommunications network services, value-added voice response systems, software and prepaid and post-paid long distance services. In addition to providing e-mail Internet-connectivity for Qualcomm's OmniTRACS mobile communications terminals, Transcommunications Incorporated is the transportation industry leader in providing prepaid phone cards and other network services, such as conference calling, automated recharge, and news, weather and sports updates to drivers.
With nearly 200,000 OmniTRACS units sold worldwide, Qualcomm is the leader in providing mobile communications and information management systems to the transportation industry. Qualcomm currently has systems operating in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Korea and Malaysia.
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 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, 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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