Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced its new 800 MHz dual-mode Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Q™ phone. The sleek new Q phone is the first palm-sized folding phone to provide digital cellular customers all of the benefits of CDMA digital technology in a convenient package. The dual-mode phone allows customers to seamlessly roam between 800 MHz CDMA digital cellular and analog networks.
"The new 800 MHz Q phone is the industry's first CDMA digital phone to feature an internal antenna," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "The integrated antenna streamlines the overall ergonomics of the phone's design, while providing improved call reception. Users can also answer calls more quickly and easily, without the need to raise an antenna."
For greater flexibility in call management, the 800 MHz Q phone offers users a variety of audible ringers, including an escalating ringer. The phone also features silent vibration call notification and the ability to silence a call with the touch of a button. In addition, a call can be answered by simply opening the phone. Using the caller ID mode, an incoming call number appears on the display and can be answered with a single touch of a button. In auto-answer mode, a call can be answered effortlessly by a user predefined set of criteria.
The Q phone series is also upgradeable to accommodate access to future wireless data and information services. The phone's large liquid crystal display (LCD) includes a four-line by 12 character area plus a line of icons indicating signal strength, battery status, transmission mode, roaming status and other functions. In addition, the Q phone's LCD supports short messaging service, caller ID and voice mail alert.
An extensive line of accessories is available for the Q phone including: a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack; rapid travel charger; CDMA data cable (for use when CDMA data services are available); hands-free car kit; hands-free headset and Hearing Aid Telephone Interconnect System (HATIS) certified hands-free headset; cigarette lighter adapter; belt clip; and rapid desktop charger. The 800 MHz Q phone includes Qualcomm's new MSM 2300 chip, which reduces standby power consumption. In addition, a new optional extended Lithium Ion battery is available. When combined, the efficiencies achieved deliver extended standby times to the user.
In addition to the hands-free car kit for the Q phone series, there is a new sleek Q Handyphone car kit. Delivering the crystal clear reception quality of Qualcomm's CDMA digital Q phone, the thin lightweight handset serves as a docking station for quick switch over between hands-free mode and conventional operation for privacy mode. Once the phone is placed into the docking station, it operates under fast charge battery cycle.
The new dual-mode Q phone complements Qualcomm's entire family of advanced CDMA digital phones, including the 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz PCS Q phones, 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 and fewer dropped calls.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. Qualcomm'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 Qualcomm 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 Qualcomm's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com or call (800) 349-4188.
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, Qualcomm'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 Qualcomm serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in Qualcomm's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 1997 and most recent Form 10-Q.
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