SAN DIEGO -- January 26, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Transcommunications Incorporated today announced significant price reductions on CabCARD® Personal Communications services. This reduction will provide immediate savings to the over 85,000 truck drivers who have access to CabCARD services today. The price of a standard in-cab e-mail message of 100 characters has been cut by 50 percent, now costing just 25 cents. The price of each additional 100 characters is reduced to 20 cents. This tremendous savings is possible due to wide-scale product acceptance and the re-engineering of the process in which CabCARD e-mail is delivered to drivers. Prices for P/E-mail, an in-cab paging and pre-programmed e-mail message service will also be cut by 50 percent to 25 cents per message. The price reductions will be available February 1, 1999.
"We are pleased to pass these substantial savings on to our customers and their drivers," stated Tracie Kirk, product manager for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "By offering affordable and competitive value-added services such as CabCARD, we make it easy and inexpensive for drivers to stay in touch with their family and friends. And, Qualcomm's CabCARD services can be implemented without any additional hardware, software or maintenance costs to the fleet, allowing our fleet customers to save money and focus on their core business of transporting goods."
Introduced to the transportation industry in October 1996, CabCARD Personal Communications is a pre-paid service providing discounted long distance phone rates, voice-mail capabilities, driver e-mail and phone-to-e-mail messaging. 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 system. Developed by Qualcomm, the Company sells CabCARD to domestic users of the OmniTRACS system and partners with service provider Transcommunications to bring this valuable communications tool to drivers.
"We believe the CabCARD product is one of the most cost-effective driver communications tools on the market today. Not only does it aid in improving driver retention and satisfaction, but it offers drivers the most complete communications services available all on one card, " said Robert Helms, president of Transcommunications Incorporated. "CabCARD gives drivers the ability to communicate privately and inexpensively with their families and friends anywhere, anytime."
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 phonecards and other network services, such as conference calling, automated recharge, and news, weather and sports updates to drivers.
With over 269,000 OmniTRACS units sold worldwide, Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions is the leading provider of mobile communications and information management systems to the transportation industry. Qualcomm currently has systems operating in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and China.
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's major business areas include CDMA phones; Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs); wireless infrastructure; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS and portions of theGlobalstar™ system. Qualcomm is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm's fiscal 1998 revenues exceeded U.S. $3 billion. For moreinformation, 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 27, 1998, and most recent Form 10-Q.
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