Cricket Announces Immediate Availability of the Kyocera S1300 Mobile Phone

By PRESS RELEASE — February 22, 2009

Cricket Communications Inc., a leading provider of unlimited wireless services over its high-quality 3G network and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc., and Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of wireless phones and devices, today announced the availability of the new Kyocera S1300 mobile phone. It is available immediately at Cricket retail stores in the Chicago area and will be available soon at Cricket retailers nationwide. The S1300 is an elegant, streamlined bar-style phone that provides a wealth of features and style at an affordable price.

"The Kyocera S1300 is a sharp device that will be very popular for those who want power, style and simplicity in mobile communications," said Jeff Toig, vice president of product marketing for Cricket. "Packed full of popular features for today's mobile lifestyles, the S1300 offers great value and is an excellent way for customers to take advantage of Cricket's unlimited plans."

The S1300 is enabled with Mobile Web for downloading ringtones and graphics and browsing the Web, along with Cricket Games and Apps. The phone features SMS, voice memos, preloaded images for caller ID assignment, speakerphone, vibrate, a 250-contact directory (supporting up to five numbers per contact) and a large display and keypad. The S1300 is HAC-compliant and supports TTY/TDD for the hearing-impaired. With a talk time of up to 200 minutes and standby time of up to 200 hours, the S1300 is ideal for users on the go who want style and substance without a high price.

"The S1300 is an ideal device for Cricket customers who want the performance of a top-dollar phone without breaking the bank," said Tom McGuire, divisional vice president of global marketing at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "It's affordable, stylish and capable of delivering optimum performance for all of Cricket's most popular services."

Cricket is a simple, affordable wireless service offering consumers and local businesses a flat-rate unlimited service over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO 3G wireless network. Designed for customers whose basic and advanced wireless needs have not been met by traditional communications companies, Cricket is the pioneer of unlimited services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required. Cricket offers customers access to a variety of the latest devices and feature-rich mobile applications such as unlimited text, instant and picture messaging, Mobile Web, popular games, ringtones and wallpapers.

Kyocera Wireless Corp. designs and manufacturers mobile devices and accessories that are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and multimedia. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera also purchased the wireless phone business of Sanyo in 2008, creating the world's sixth largest cell phone manufacturer. Based in San Diego, Kyocera Wireless leverages Japan's history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics.


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