Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Midwest Wireless for its role in enabling Rural Cellular Corporation (RCC) to bring an extensive line of dowloadable applications based on Qualcomm's BREW solution to customers in rural areas across the United States.
Midwest Wireless' BREW-based system makes a full suite of sophisticated entertainment and productivity applications and communications services available to subscribers, who can download them directly to their wireless devices. A leading regional wireless services provider in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, Midwest Wireless is the first operator to host BREW-based services for other carriers such as RCC. Midwest Wireless has been offering BREW-based services to its own customers since August 2003.
"Midwest Wireless clearly recognizes the value of using the flexibility and control the BREW system enables to make the most of their investment and demonstrate their leadership in the wireless data industry," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "Wireless subscribers throughout the United States desire an enhanced wireless communication experience and Midwest Wireless' collaboration with RCC will help meet that demand."
"Midwest Wireless is proud to be the first operator to partner with other service providers in offering BREW-based services to their customers," said Tom Riley, vice president of customer operations for Midwest Wireless. "RCC subscribers will now have the benefit of customizing their wireless phones with the content they select from a wide array of communication and entertainment applications."
Qualcomm's BREW solution 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 26 manufacturers have offered more than 135 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless, NTELOS 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 Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth Guatemala, BellSouth Nicaragua, BellSouth Panama, BellSouth Perú, Telefónica Móviles in Peru, Movicom in Argentina, Telcel and Movilnet in Venezuela, Verizon Dominican Republic, Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico, Pelephone in Israel and Zapp Mobile in Romania.
Based in Mankato, Minnesota, Midwest is a leading regional wireless services provider with more than 370,000 customers in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. With a company-wide focus on customer satisfaction, Midwest Wireless has one of the highest customer retention rates in the industry. Midwest Wireless offers wireless phone services, as well as mobile Internet access on phones and wireless devices at speeds up to 70K. In select areas, the company also offers High-Speed Wireless Internet, a fixed wireless broadband service that delivers high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses at speeds ranging from 256K to 1.5M. More information on Midwest Wireless is available at www.midwestwireless.com.
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 solution is adopted and deployed, 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.