Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced its new Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless all-environment payphone offered in both cellular (QCT-5000) and Personal Communications Services (PCS) (QCT-5200) solutions. The new wireless payphones offer rapid deployment and can be re-deployed to meet public access demands.
"The new QCT-5000 and QCT-5200 allow our customers to offer additional telephony services in remote areas," said Gina M. Lombardi, vice president of product development for Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "These wireless payphones are ideal for public transportation areas, disaster relief areas and for mobile kiosks at public events, concerts and conferences. Because the payphones are wireless, they can be easily relocated to any site where use is in high demand."
The QCT-5000 and QCT-5200 combine the quality of Qualcomm's CDMA radio transceiver with an all-environment outdoor payphone unit. To ensure maximum revenue for the service provider, the outdoor payphone unit is fully self-contained, with high levels of security built in. To prevent fraud due to theft of the radio unit, a security protocol in the radio can be configured to confirm the unit is connected to the payphone controller unit before initiating a call. Payment methods include coin, credit card or smart card operation.
The QCT-5000 and QCT-5200 outdoor payphones are an ideal choice for secure wireless payphone conversations. Qualcomm developed CDMA wireless technology which greatly reduces eavesdropping, cloning of the phone number and theft of transferred credit and debit card payment data. As with every Qualcomm CDMA digital phone, the QCT-5000 and QCT-5200 deliver crystal clear voice quality.
Optional battery packs and solar charging are available to support service in remote areas where power lines are nonexistent. Additionally, they offer continuous service during power outages. This flexibility allows the service provider to maximize revenue opportunities.
The functionality of the QCT-5000 and QCT-5200 CDMA digital wireless payphones are the same as a regular wireline payphone. The phones offer vocoder rates in 8 Kbps and 13 Kbps (PureVoice™) to ensure voice quality similar to landline. The payphones provide up to 14.4 Kbps data transmission rates and G3 14.4 Kbps fax transmissions, where CDMA data services are available.
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, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis and those related to performance guarantees, 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 28, 1997 and most recent Form 10-Q.
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