Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and MetroPCS Inc., a wireless service provider offering flat rate, unlimited, anytime service for $35 a month, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to launch downloadable wireless products and services based on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform to subscribers on MetroPCS' all-digital, CDMA2000 1X network.
The launch of BREW-based services will allow MetroPCS subscribers in San Francisco, Sacramento, Miami and Atlanta, to select from a variety of games, ringtone packages, entertainment and productivity applications, and download them over the air to their mobile phones for a truly personalized wireless experience. The BREW solution gives MetroPCS a secure, turnkey system that can be quickly and easily integrated into its existing CDMA2000 1X network.
"Since becoming one of the first wireless operators to deploy an all-digital network, MetroPCS' goal has been to lead the industry in offering innovative wireless services to our customers," said Roger Linquist, president and CEO, MetroPCS. "The BREW system allows us to continue advancing the quality and scope of our business by quickly bringing a powerful, consumer friendly offering to market."
"MetroPCS' decision to deploy BREW-based products and services sets a clear path for offering the best wireless content and applications to its subscribers," said Bob Briggs, vice president of global business relations and operations, Qualcomm Internet Services. "Qualcomm looks forward to working with MetroPCS to ensure successful deployment of a high quality service."
Qualcomm's BREW system provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes application developers, publishers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers.
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 19 manufacturers have offered more than 90 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many very successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Midwest Wireless and U.S. Cellular in the United States, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil and BellSouth International in Colombia.
MetroPCS Inc., headquartered in Dallas, holds licenses to offer local wireless phone service to customers who live, work and play in and around the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco and Sacramento. MetroPCS frees customers from the frustration of wireless offerings by providing one low monthly cost and one simple plan with unlimited anytime minutes, competitive long distance rates and no contract. The company is among the first wireless operators to deploy an all-digital network based on third generation infrastructure and handsets.
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 is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company 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 extent and speed to which the BREW platform 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.