Press Release

Qualcomm s Thin Phone Selected by Clearnet PCS

May 21, 1999SAN DIEGO

Qualcomm products mentioned within this press release are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") (Nasdaq: CLNTF; Toronto: NET.A; Montreal) has chosen Qualcomm's new Thin Phone for the launch of its "Say When" pre-paid PCS offering. Clearnet's inaugural "Say When" campaign marks the Canadian debut of the Qualcomm Thin Phone, which combines a sleek, lightweight design with an internal battery that supports extended talk and standby times.

"Qualcomm's new Thin Phone provides Clearnet's 'Say When' customers with an advanced CDMA digital phone that is ultra-thin, lightweight and affordable," said David McDowell, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Qualcomm Consumer Products. "The Thin Phone's combination of sleek styling and advanced features fits every lifestyle, from the budget-conscious consumer to the mobile professional."

"Qualcomm's Thin Phone enables Clearnet to offer Canadians advanced digital features previously unavailable from any pre-paid offering in Canada," said Wade Oosterman, vice president of sales&marketing for Clearnet. "Standard service options such as caller ID, voice mail and short message service (SMS) provide mobile professionals and consumers alike with the flexibility they need, while the Thin Phone's light weight and ease of use makes it perfect for any user."

The QCP-1960™ Thin Phone, a 1900 MHz single-mode digital PCS phone, is so thin and light -- weighing in at just over 120 grams -- that it is easily pocketable yet supports state-of-the-art features. The Thin Phone combines Qualcomm's latest integrated CDMA Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset with external battery options that provide either up to 10 hours of talk time or up to 17 days of standby time. A five-line backlit LCD display and two smart keys give users easy access to state-of-the-art paging, voice mail and data transfer features. The Qualcomm Thin Phone incorporates a customizable phone directory with 99 memory locations and will also support a new generation of wireless microbrowsers for access to the Internet and information-based services.

Clearnet is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. To learn more about Clearnet, please visit the Company's web site at

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; integrated CDMA chipsets and systems software; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is a FORTUNE 500® company with fiscal 1998 revenues in excess of U.S. $3 billion. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at

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.

Qualcomm and OmniTRACS are registered trademarks and MSM and QCP-1960 are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Say When and Clearnet PCS are trademarks used under license from Clearnet Communications Inc.