SAN DIEGO - August 13, 1998 - Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Transcommunications Incorporated today announced that the number of OmniTRACS-equipped carriers who offer the CabCARD® Personal Communications system to their drivers experienced a 100% increase during the second quarter of 1998 over the number of carriers who have offered CabCARD sincethe program's introduction in October 1996. With this impressive growth,the number of potential CabCARD users now exceeds 70,000.
"We are extremely pleased over the growing acceptance of Qualcomm's CabCARDin the transportation industry," said Phil White, senior vice president andgeneral manager of Qualcomm's OmniTRACS division. "The overwhelmingresponse to the CabCARD product is a testament to how important personalcommunications is to drivers and carriers."
Swift Transportation Company, one of the newest carriers to offer CabCARD,is also one of the largest to offer CabCARD's benefits to their drivers.With over 8,000 drivers in their fleet, the benefits CabCARD offers make asignificant contribution to improving driver retention. "The response fromour drivers has been extremely positive," said Gregg Hoffman, operationsproject manager, Swift Transportation. "The CabCARD PersonalCommunications system provides several economical options for our driversto keep in touch with their families and friends while away from home. Ourdrivers do a great job for Swift Transportation, and we are pleased tooffer a service that can improve their quality of life when they are on theroad."
Among the OmniTRACS equipped carriers who signed up for CabCARD during thesecond quarter of 1998 are McClendon Trucking, Willis Shaw Express,Interstate Distributor, Holland Enterprises, Gordon Trucking, ArrowTrucking, Pride Transport, Anderson Trucking, Decker Transport, FFE, BarrNunn, New Prime, Doug Andrus Distributors, Navajo Shippers, SouthernShippers, Arlo G. Lott Trucking, Idaho Milk Transport, Mitchell BrothersTruck Line, Dutch Maid Logistics and Proline Carriers.
Introduced to the transportation industry in October of 1996, CabCARDPersonal Communications is a Transcommunications pre-paid service providingdiscounted long distance phone rates, voice-mail capabilities, and drivere-mail. The only service of this kind in the transportation industry,CabCARD allows Internet e-mail to be sent and received directly from thecab of the truck using the OmniTRACS mobile communications system. AnotherCabCARD feature is P/E-mail, a pre-programmed e-mail message that can besent directly to the truck via a touch-tone phone. With this feature,messages can be sent to a driver when a computer or other e-mail device isnot accessible.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Transcommunications Incorporateddevelops and implements complex value-added telecommunications solutions,software and controlled access services for the transportation, retail,corporate travel, computer and software industries. Products includeintelligent telecommunications network services, value-added voice responsesystems, software and prepaid and post-paid long distance services. Inaddition to providing e-mail Internet-connectivity for Qualcomm's OmniTRACSmobile communications terminals, Transcommunications Incorporated is thetransportation industry leader in providing prepaid phonecards and othernetwork services, such as conference calling, automated recharge, and news,weather and sports updates to drivers.
With over 250,000 OmniTRACS units sold worldwide, Qualcomm is the leader inproviding mobile communications and information management systems to thetransportation industry. Qualcomm currently has systems operating in theUnited States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Brazil, Mexico, Japan,Korea and Malaysia.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets,licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based onits proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primaryproduct areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationery satellite-based,mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reportingservices), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, inconjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth orbit(LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products includeEudora® electronic mail software, ASIC products, and communicationsequipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide.For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visitthe Company's web site athttp://www.qualcomm.com/.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news releasecontains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks anduncertainties, including timely product development, change in economicconditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the otherrisks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, includingthe report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 1997 and mostrecent Form 10-Q.
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Qualcomm, OmniTRACS, CabCARD and Eudora Pro are registered trademarks ofQualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral QualcommSatellite Services. All other company and product names are trademarks oftheir respective holders.