Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology and ALLTEL (NYSE: AT), a leader in the communications industry, today announced at CTIA Wireless 2003 that ALLTEL will be the first operator to offer BREW Shop software, which enables an over-the-air application download service for PDA applications. The Kyocera 7135 smartphone with PalmSource's Palm OS will be the first device in ALLTEL's product portfolio to run BREW Shop, a native application that will allow ALLTEL subscribers to shop over the air for Palm OS-based applications as part of the operators' BREW-based Axcess wireless application service.
BREW Shop will enable ALLTEL to use the full capabilities of the BREW Distribution System (BDS) to acquire PDA applications from developers, manage catalogs of these applications and provide its users of the Kyocera 7135 smartphone with simple and user-friendly access to a wide variety of Palm OS applications that they can download over the air, virtually anytime, anywhere. ALLTEL, and other operators already using the BDS for application distribution and billing mediation, will now be able to support smartphones and handhelds without any changes to their BREW-related systems and business processes.
"BREW Shop is a significant milestone for the global application marketplace that BREW is building, demonstrating that operators can leverage their existing BDS investment with no modification to support smartphones and wireless PDA handhelds," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm Wireless&Internet Group. "ALLTEL continues to demonstrate leadership in wireless data services with its selection of BREW Shop enabling the company to expand its BREW-based wireless data services to tech-savvy and productivity-oriented customers who prefer the power of converged devices like the Kyocera 7135 smartphone."
"Our BREW-based Axcess Shop service is generating tremendous interest in the diverse data capabilities of our handsets," said Philip Junker, executive vice president of marketing for ALLTEL. "BREW Shop with the Palm Powered Kyocera 7135 smartphone provides a compelling addition to our Axcess service offering."
Qualcomm's BREW Shop will be available to users of the Kyocera 7135 smartphone in mid 2003. ALLTEL began offering the Kyocera 7135 smartphone in mid-December 2002 and response from consumers has been enthusiastic. Kyocera Wireless Corp. pioneered the Palm Powered converged device segment, and will continue its support of the BREW platform with its upcoming Kyocera 3225 handset. Cellmania, a leading provider of mobile business solutions, will provide Palm OS applications for the ALLTEL launch.
ALLTEL, with more than 12 million communications customers and nearly $8 billion in annual revenues, is a leader in the communications and information services industries. ALLTEL has communications customers in 26 states and provides information services to telecommunications, financial and mortgage clients in more than 50 countries.
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. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® 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 the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed and the BREW solution is adopted, 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 30, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.