SAN DIEGO -- Dec. 14, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that Bell Mobility, an innovator in the use of CDMA digital wireless technology, has launched Qualcomm's new QCP™ 2760 Thin Phone in the Canadian market. This marks the Canadian debut of the sleek, lightweight Qualcomm QCP-2760 Thin Phone, a dual-band, dual-mode handset that can operate in both 1.9 GHz CDMA digital PCS mode and 800 MHz analog cellular mode. The QCP-2760 Thin Phone features an ultra-thin design with a permanent internal battery and hot-swappable external battery options.
"Qualcomm's new QCP-2760 Thin Phone provides Bell Mobility's digital PCS 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. "With Internet access, voice mail and email capabilities, the QCP-2760 Thin Phone offers consumers a complete communications package."
"Qualcomm's QCP-2760 Thin Phone enables Bell Mobility to offer our digital PCS customers advanced CDMA dual-band, dual-mode digital PCS features such as Digital Data To Go and Mobile Browser™ Internet access," said Charlotte Burke, Bell Mobility vice president - services marketing and e-commerce. "The QCP-2760 Thin Phone's light weight and ease-of-use, combined with its state-of-the-art capabilities, provides both mobile professionals and everyday consumers the power and flexibility they need to meet their communications needs."
The new QCP-2760 Thin Phone incorporates Qualcomm's fifth-generation highly-integrated CDMA Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software that greatly extends talk and standby times with external battery options. The QCP-2760 Thin Phone is so thin and light -- weighing in at just over 4 ounces -- that it is easily pocketable, yet supports state-of-the-art phone, pager, voice mail and advanced data features. The QCP-2760 Thin Phone features a five-line, backlit LCD display and has two smart keys just below the display that enable easy navigation through the user interface menu options, including a customizable phone book with 199 memory storage locations. The phone also includes 8 kbps and 13 kbps vocoders, as well as the new Enhanced Variable Rate Vocoders (EVRC) which support increased network capacity for the carrier while maintaining maximum voice quality for their customers.
Data connectivity to a PC or palm-sized computing device is available through an optional data cable. This allows customers to use their QCP-2760 Thin Phone as a digital modem for dial-up access to email or other critical information while out of the office. The QCP-2760 Thin Phone also supports the new generation of wireless microbrowsers for Internet access. The easy to use microbrowser on the QCP-2760 is capable of accessing Bell Mobility's Mobile Browser™ service. The Mobile Browser service provides consumers with instant access to various on-demand web sites including financial information, sports scores, news, weather and email.
A complete line of accessories is available for the QCP-2760 Thin Phone, including a data connectivity kit, desktop charger, travel charger, leather case, car power adapter, data cable, three headset options and transportable hands-free car kit.
The Bell Mobility Inc. family of companies provides a complete range of wireless communications solutions -- cellular, paging, data, satellite, PCS and airline passenger communications services -- to over two million Canadian customers. Bell Mobility Radio provides two-way voice and wireless data services to public safety and emergency services agencies. Bell Mobility Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Canada. For more information on Bell Mobility, visit their web site at http://www.bellmobility.ca.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) 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 business areas include CDMA phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® email software for Windows® and Macintosh® computing platforms; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 1999 FORTUNE 500® company traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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 26, 1999, and most recent Form 10-Q.