Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico, one of the world's leading providers of communications services, on the launch of wireless data products and services based on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform. Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico's Get It Now service, which shares its name with its existing wireless download offering in the United States, is now available to wireless subscribers in Puerto Rico. The Get It Now service enables users to download games, ring tones, location-based services and business applications wirelessly to their mobile phones over Verizon Wireless International's CDMA2000 1X network.
"Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico is demonstrating its commitment to its customers and leadership in the industry by providing users with an easy way to access and enjoy a diverse selection of compelling, feature-rich applications and content," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "We're delighted that Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico has selected the BREW system to power its wireless data offering in Puerto Rico. The BREW solution continues to be the best option for operators seeking a rapid time to value due to its flexibility, ease of implementation and extensive application marketplace from an international community of developers."
"Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico is proud to introduce Get it Now, a powerful new service available through our advanced CDMA 1XRTT network and the BREW platform," said Walter Forwood, vice president and general manager for Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico. "Our customers will benefit from a wide variety of applications that enhance their wireless communication experience thanks to Qualcomm's commitment to the development of fun and useful digital technology."
Using the BREW system, operators are able to choose content that has been developed in a variety of International languages including a wide selection of Spanish language applications. In addition to an expansive catalog of applications to choose from, subscribers can select from three different BREW-enabled Get It Now handsets, including the Motorola T720, Kyocera Slider and Kyocera 3225 phones.
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 21 manufacturers have offered more than 100 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico joins many very successful operators around the world that have deployed commercial BREW-based wireless data services, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless and U.S. Cellular in the United States, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Hutch in Thailand, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil, BellSouth International in Chile, BellSouth International in Colombia, BellSouth International in Panama, Codetel in the Dominican Republic and Pelephone in Israel.
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 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.