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Old March 25th 04, 12:39 AM
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At the end of 2003, total customers on the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network
exceeded 20 million and Sprint was serving more than 3.2 million Sprint PCS
Vision subscribers, up from 2.7 million at the end of the third quarter.


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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — March 18, 2004
Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS) today announced that it has expanded its Original
Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) business communication system portfolio with
the addition of the Sprint i-SeriesTM, a pure Internet protocol (IP) key
system.

The Sprint i-Series is a significant new key system alternative for small
and medium-sized businesses looking for the attractive IP integration that
only larger businesses have been able to deploy. The Sprint i-Series
delivers a robust set of IP-enabled applications designed to improve a
business’ unified communications capabilities, customer service and employee
productivity.

To date, higher-end converged applications have been reserved for large
enterprise IP PBX systems not economically viable for small to medium size
businesses. The i-Series will consist of two IP Key Systems, the i4 and the
i9, as well as related IP phones, conferencing units, and software
applications. The i9 is sized for solutions for 40 or more users. The i4, to
be available mid-year, will set a new standard for telephony over IP
deployments by accommodating small business offices or locations with less
than 40 users a converged communications solution within a single piece of
voice/data hardware. The entire i-Series will be available exclusively
through Sprint Authorized Dealers.

“Our goal with the Sprint i-Series is to help businesses do much more than
simply replace their traditional TDM key system,” said Brad Clark, vice
president of marketing and general manager of OEM operations at Sprint. “We
want our customers to have a significant advantage over their competition.
The i-Series provides a platform that puts leading-edge applications like
seamless wireless integration and unified messaging within a reach. Not only
will the applications give our customers an advantage, they also will find
it extremely affordable.”

The i-Series will be distributed to Sprint Authorized Dealers through Sprint
North Supply, Sprint’s distribution and logistics division. Sprint North
Supply markets a growing portfolio of OEM products including a full suite of
future-ready business communications systems and CPE emphasizing
customer-centric design and ISO9001:2000 quality management.

Sprint will showcase the Sprint i-Series at the Voice on the Net (VON)
conference in Santa Clara, Ca., March 29-31 in exhibit booth #721.


About Sprint
Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26
million customers in over 100 countries. With approximately 67,000 employees
worldwide and over $26 billion in annual revenues in 2003, Sprint is widely
recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art
network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide
all-digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet
backbone. Sprint provides local communications services in 39 states and the
District of Columbia and operates the largest 100-percent digital,
nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. For more information,
visit www.sprint.com.





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Microsoft Brings Location Server To MapPoint Web Service
Sprint, Bell Canada and solution providers will deliver wireless,
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By Paula Rooney, CRN

12:51 PM EST Mon., Mar. 22, 2004
Microsoft on Monday unveiled a corporate server designed to complement
its MapPoint Web Service, which allows partners and customers to integrate
realtime location data into business and consumer applications.

MapPoint Location Server (MLS), announced at the start of the CTIA
Wireless show in Atlanta and Microsoft's Mobile Developer Conference in San
Francisco, starts at $8,000 for 500,000 transactions and support for 50
roaming users. The server harnesses the company's recently enhanced MapPoint
Web Service 3.5 mapping service, one of several .Net services developed as
part of Microsoft's original .Net MyServices platform.

The MapPoint Location Server's plug-in architecture allows wireless
operators to hook their services into the server transparently to users. At
the CTIA Wireless show on Monday, Sprint and Bell Canada were the first to
announce realtime commercial services based on MLS in the U.S. and Canadian
markets, respectively.

ISVs and solution providers--including Cubistix, Immedient,
Hewlett-Packard and Action Engine--are developing realtime location
solutions for business customers with MapPoint Location Server, Microsoft
said.

The server is targeted at fleet management, asset tracking and
sales-force automation applications, or any application that requires
realtime location information of trucks, inventory and personnel, Microsoft
said. The server can help companies in the repair, service and shipping
sectors speed deliveries, deploy workers more rapidly to areas of need in
the field and access inventory information in realtime.

Down the road, Microsoft expects developers and partners to integrate
the realtime location server and MapPoint Web Service capabilities with CRM
and SQL applications. A salesman with a mobile phone, for instance, can
quickly access information about his top revenue-generating customers within
a five-mile radius of his location at any time, said said Steve Lombardi, a
technical evangelist at Microsoft.

















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Sprint Plants Wireless With Sunflower
By Susan Rush
March 19, 2004
[email protected] direct


Sprint is looking to sow the seed of wireless through a new deal with
a Kansas-based cable operator. Sunflower Broadband has agreed to bundle
Sprint PCS wireless phone service with its cable and broadband services.

Although terms of the partnership were not disclosed, Sunflower
Broadband says the agreement solidifies it as a full-service video, voice,
wireless and data provider. Sunflower Broadband serves nearly 80 percent of
all homes in the Lawrence, Eudora and Douglas County area.

"By adding wireless services into its bundled portfolio, Sunflower
Broadband is better equipped to address the growing competition from the
ILEC (incumbent local exchange carrier) while expanding the opportunity to
grow market revenue," says Ralph Hodge, Sprint's senior vice president of
cable solutions.

This is not the first time Sprint has become a cable operator's
bedfellow. In December, the company forged a deal with Time Warner Cable to
deliver VoIP-based telephone subscribers spanning 17 markets. This is
however, according to Sprint, the first time a wireless carrier has teamed
up with the cable industry to offer wireless services.



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NOKIA: Sprint introduce new Nokia model to its line of Picture Phones

Tuesday 23 March 2004 09:00 EET Hellink

PRESS RELEASE 22.3.2004

Sprint introduces new Nokia model to its growing line of Sprint PCS
Vision(SM) Picture Phones

Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Picture Phone PM-6225 by Nokia features VGA
camera, handsfree speakerphone and FM radio

ATLANTA - Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Sprint (NYSE: PCS, FON), which
operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide network,
today announced the availability of the new Sprint PCS VisionSM
Picture Phone PM-6225 by Nokia. Featuring a wide range of unique
and useful functions including a VGA camera, handsfree
speakerphone and an FM radio, the PM-6225 by Nokia is a feature-
packed phone that enhances the many data capabilities of Sprint
PCS Vision. The Nokia PM-6225 is available for $79.99 after
discounts ($229.99 SRP) at Sprint Stores nationwide.

The Nokia PM-6225 is the ninth camera phone in Sprint's lineup.
Sprint customers shared more than 100 million pictures in 2003.
Sprint leads the industry with Picture MailSM with its wide
variety of handsets, flat-rate pricing, online photo album and
ease-of-use.

In addition to the camera features, Sprint customers can purchase
a separate desktop speaker to enhance the FM capabilities of the
Nokia PM-6225. The FM radio feature is also accessible without the
speaker.

By using the familiar, easy-to-use Nokia user interface, the most
popular functions, such as the built-in camera, can be quickly
accessed. The PM -6225 by Nokia also boasts a full color 128x128
pixel screen and the ability to download new entertainment,
communication and personalization applications using Sprint PCS
Vision service.

"The affordable, easy-to-use Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-
6225 by Nokia is a perfect complement to the exciting array of
applications and services available to Sprint PCS Vision
customers," said Soren Petersen, senior vice president and general
manager of Nokia's CDMA business unit. "The unique design of this
phone creates the user-friendly combination of an extra large
keypad and a compact, easy-to-hold form, making the use of both
standard phone features and Sprint PCS Vision services an equally
enjoyable experience."

Features of the Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-6225 by Nokia
include:

Built in Digital Camera:
Share it when it happens. Take a picture anytime and send it to
family and friends instantly while on the enhanced Sprint
Nationwide PCS Network. VGA camera (640x480 pixels) and auto-focus
lens.

Full-Color Screen:
4k color CSTN display is 128 x 128 pixels.

Built-in Speakerphone:
Integrated speakerphone allows for convenient communication.

FM Radio:
FM Radio capability (Headset required; for stereo FM radio,
stereo headset required). Compatible with optional music stand.

Compact style:
4.21" x 1.81" x 0.83" and only 3.46 ounces

Customizable Photo Caller ID:
Know who's calling you by linking downloaded images and photos
to the contacts in your internal phone book.

Built-in Infrared:
Send and received data via infrared.

Internal Phone Book:
Store up to 500 contacts in your phone book with multiple numbers
and text entries per contact.

Multiple Languages:
Supports limited voice and text prompts in English and Spanish.

Calendar:
Carry your calendar, calculator, alarm clock, and to-do list
wherever you go so you can create appointments and view your
schedule at a moment's notice.

2.5mm Universal Jack:
Accommodates most standard headsets for hands-free operation.

Voice recorder:
Memo recorder with up to 3 minutes of recording time.

Dual-band / tri-mode:
This phone may be used on and while roaming off the enhanced
Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.

Extended Battery Life:
Standard rechargeable LiIon battery provides up to 2.35 hours of
continuous talk time and up to 7 days of continuous standby time
in digital mode. Provides up to 45 minutes of continuous talk or
up to 20 hours continuous standby time in analog mode.

E911 Emergency Location Capable:
Features an embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) chip
necessary for utilizing the E911 emergency location services
where available.

TTY compatible:
Compatible with select TTY devices.

Sprint PCS Vision capabilities:
Picture Mail (sm), Messaging, Games, Ringers, Screen Savers, Web

Sprint announced 3.2 million Sprint PCS Vision customers through
the end of 2003 and leads the industry in adoption of advanced
wireless data services. Sprint PCS Vision includes services that
allow customers to take and receive pictures from select Sprint
PCS Phones; browse the Internet at speeds faster than most dial-up
connections; check personal and corporate e-mail; watch clips and
stream audio for news and music; download polyphonic, animated and
voice ringers, and full-color, graphically-rich games and screen
savers, all on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.

About Sprint

Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more
than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With
approximately 67,000 employees worldwide and over $26 billion in
annual revenues in 2003, Sprint is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network
technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-
digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet
backbone. Sprint provides local communications services in 39
states and the District of Columbia and operates the largest 100-
percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United
States. For more information, visit www.sprint.com

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the
growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia
is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by
providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and
solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and
businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five
major exchanges.

Media Enquiries:

Jenny Stevens
Sprint
Tel: +1 212-450-9516
Email:
Nokia Americas
Communications
Tel: +1 972-894-4573
Email:

www.nokia.com

Talk and standby times are estimates and vary based on many
factors. The number of pictures that can be stored depends upon
the size and format of the pictures and the availability of shared
memory space. Some features and services are dependent on the
network, supported digital content formats, the compatibility of
other devices and applications, and other factors. Please refer to
the user guide for complete information.






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March 2004 Latest News
Industry News Vendor News
a.. Swivel, Stereo Speakers, Mega-Pixels And More!
Audiovox Unveils Wireless Wonders At CTIA 2004 (3/23/2004)
b.. QUALCOMM And Iusacell Announce Plans To Bring
Wireless Data Services Based On QUALCOMM’s BREW™ Solution To Subscribers In
Mexico (3/22/2004)
c.. QUALCOMM Announces MediaFLO Content Distribution
System Ffor Network-Scheduled Delivery Oof High-Quality Wireless Content Via
3G Networks (3/22/2004)
d.. Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Picture Phone PM-6225 by Nokia
(3/22/2004)
e.. Digit Wireless, LG Electronics And TELUS Mobility
Announce Production Of The World's First Fastap™ Enabled Mobile Phone
(3/22/2004)
f.. Verizon Wireless Selects Lucent Technologies As A
Key Supplier For Its BroadbandAccess High-Speed Data Service (3/22/2004)
g.. Verizon Wireless Selects Nortel Networks For
BroadbandAccess Network Expansion (3/22/2004)
h.. Sprint And BMG Announce Music Tones From Top Artists
(3/22/2004)
i.. Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation Selects
Huawei To Build Its CDMA2000 WLL System In Ethiopia (3/22/2004)
j.. Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Customers Can Feel Like They’
re Part Of The “Family” With Mobile Content From The HBO® Award-Winning
Series THE SOPRANOS® (3/22/2004)
k.. Sprint Offers New Management Control For Wireless
Email (3/22/2004)
l.. Verizon Wireless, Citrix And Zumasys Complete First
Rollout Of Citrix Access Infrastructure Over Verizon Wireless'
BroadbandAccess (3/22/2004)
m.. Verizon Wireless Makes Strides With Planned
BroadbandAccess 3G Network Expansion (3/22/2004)
n.. Sprint Customers Share More Than 100 Million
Memories Via Enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network (3/22/2004)
o.. Verizon Wireless And SK Telecom Announce Strategic
Relationship On Enhanced Multimedia Services (3/22/2004)
p.. Algerie Telecom Selects Huawei To Build Its 1900MHz
CDMA2000 WLL System In Algeria (3/19/2004)
q.. QUALCOMM And Tata Teleservices Announce Plans To
Offer Wireless Applications And Services Via BREWTM And BREWChat Solutions
(3/18/2004)
r.. Verizon Wireless Completes Statewide High-Speed
Network In North Dakota (3/15/2004)
s.. Keep Connected To Life During Spring Break In New
England With Verizon Wireless' Get It Now (3/15/2004)
t.. College Hoops Fans Can Keep Up-to-Date With Their
Favorite Team During The Tournament Through A One-Stop Mobile Shop From
Sprint (3/15/2004)
u.. Nortel Networks Selected By Telekom Baltija To
Deploy CDMA2000 1X 450 In Latvia (3/15/2004)
v.. TELUS Mobility Successfully Deploys Tira Jump
Automated Porting Solution From Tira Wireless (3/15/2004)
w.. Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service In Mercer
County, New Jersey (3/12/2004)
x.. Verizon Wireless Helps College Students Stay
Connected During Spring Break (3/11/2004)
y.. Aicent And SK Telecom Sign First 3G Roaming Service
Contract In Korea (3/11/2004)
z.. Vineyards Hooked Up To Jetstream (3/10/2004)
aa.. TELUS Mobility Announces $4.5 Million Expansion Of
Its Quebec Digital Wireless Network (3/10/2004)
ab.. Verizon Wireless Customers Can Slide Into Style
With the Eye-Catching Kyocera SE47 Sliding Phone (3/9/2004)
ac.. Reliance IndiaMobile Introduces India's First Wrist
Watch Phone (3/3/2004)
ad.. Verizon Wireless Expands Wireless Coverage In
Albany, New York Area (3/2/2004)
ae.. Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service In Pasco
County, Florida (3/2/2004)
af.. Verizon Wireless Expands Wireless Coverage In
Allegany County, New York (3/2/2004)
ag.. Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service In Lake
County, Florida (3/2/2004)
ah.. Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service In Marion
County, Florida (3/2/2004)
ai.. KDDI Adds The A5504T To Its New Lineup Of 3G Mobile
Handsets; The A5504T; World's First To Integrate Bluetooth And BREW
(3/1/2004)
aj.. NOW AVAILABLE -- Sprint PCS Vision Ready Link Phone
RL7300 By Sanyo (3/1/2004)
a.. QUALCOMM And Beatnik Announce Audio Solutions
Supporting Playback Of SMAF Content (3/22/2004)

b.. RIM Introduces New Color BlackBerry Handheld For
CDMA2000 1X Wireless Networks (3/22/2004)

c.. SAMSUNG And UTStarcom Demonstrate World's First
1xEV-DV System (3/22/2004)

d.. Nokia Demonstrates CDMA Technology And Product
Leadership At CTIA 2004 (3/22/2004)

e.. Nokia Unveils New Fully Featured, Fold-Style
CDMA2000 1X Camera Phone (3/22/2004)

f.. Kyocera Wireless Announces New Global Brand, Based
On ""The Genius of Simplicity"" (3/22/2004)

g.. Kyocera Wireless Unveils Diverse 2004 Handset
Line-Up At CTIA To Meet A Wide Range Of Wireless Needs (3/22/2004)

h.. Ericsson Demonstrates Revision D CDMA2000 1xEV-DV At
CTIA (3/22/2004)

i.. QUALCOMM And UTStarcom Sign CDMA Subscriber Unit
(3/22/2004)

j.. BREW™-Based Application Downloads Now Exceed 100
Million (3/22/2004)

k.. One World. One Phone. The New Motorola A840 Pioneers
CDMA/GSM Synergy (3/22/2004)

l.. QUALCOMM And ATI Join Forces To Create Wireless 3D
Gaming Platform (3/22/2004)

m.. Motorola Brings Mobile Broadband To Wireless
Subscribers With CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Solution (3/22/2004)

n.. Telular Corporation Launches New CDMA2000® 1X Fixed
Cellular Phones At CTIA Wireless 2004 (3/22/2004)

o.. Nextel, QUALCOMM, Kyocera Wireless And Lucent
Technologies Demonstrate QChat™ Walkie-Talkie Service At CTIA (3/22/2004)

p.. Motorola Brings Megapixel Camera And Integrated
Bluetooth Technology To New CDMA Handset (3/22/2004)

q.. QUALCOMM Innovation Continues To Enable Wireless
Lifestyle For Consumers And Businesses With 3G CDMA Solutions (3/22/2004)

r.. QUALCOMM And RealNetworks Announce Agreement To
Enable The Delivery Of RealAudio And RealVideo Content On Wireless Devices
(3/22/2004)

s.. QUALCOMM Announces Integration Of The H.264 Video
Codec Into Chipset Solutions (3/22/2004)

t.. QUALCOMM Announces Successful Completion Of CDMA2000
1xEV-DO Trial With IBM (3/22/2004)

u.. QUALCOMM’s Live CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Enhancements
Demonstrations At CTIA In Atlanta Push Ultra-Fast Wireless Data To New
Levels (3/22/2004)

v.. ZTE Launches World Leading New Generation CDMA-Based
Digital Trunking Technology (3/19/2004)

w.. Samsung Gears Up CDMA Technology A 2 Mega Pixel
Phone And a High-Resolution Color Screen Phone Both With An Embedded MP3
Player (3/19/2004)

x.. Ericsson Unveils Products For CDMA2000 Expander
Offering (3/16/2004)

y.. Openwave WAP2.0 Software And Services Supports Over
12 Million Subscribers Of KDDI's ""au"" 3G Mobile Phone Internet Services
(3/15/2004)

z.. Nortel Networks Unveils CDMA 450 Portfolio,
Deployment Strategy (3/15/2004)

aa.. Lucent Technologies And Anatel Conducting CDMA450
Technology Trial In Brazil As Part Of Effort To Bridge Digital Divide
(3/9/2004)


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Swivel, Stereo Speakers, Mega-Pixels And More! Audiovox
Unveils Wireless Wonders At CTIA 2004

ATLANTA, GA and HAUPPAUGE, NY - March 23, 2004 - Audiovox
Communications Corporation (ACC), a majority owned subsidiary of Audiovox
Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) today announced a new suite of wireless phones
ranging from ACC's first swivel style camera phone to an affordable and
stylish clamshell-style "flip phone." The CDM-8930, CDM-8920, CDM-8910 and
the CDM-8615 are being introduced at CTIA Wireless 2004 in Atlanta.

CDM-8930

One of Audiovox's most unique new handsets is the
CDM-8930, a swivel clamshell-style 1.3 mega pixel camera phone with macro
function and built-in flash. Complete with a camcorder that can record and
store up to 10 minutes of video (delivery capabilities vary by network),
these capabilities allow users to share important moments instantaneously.
The camera can hold 20 photos that can be emailed directly from the handset
(system dependent).

The handset is equipped with a 262K TFT 2" LCD display,
stereo speaker, a built-in two-way speakerphone, voice activated dialing and
CMX 64 polyphonic ringers and stereo sound.

The CDM-8930 is Java/BREW(tm) capable, data capable with
USB interface (up to 144 kbps) and has MPEG-4 encoding and decoding plus
two-way MMS/SMS capability, all system dependent.

The handset is tri-mode (800/1900 MHz CDMA, Amps),
CDMA2000 1X capable (system dependent) and features the MSM6100 chipset that
is GPSOne(tm) capable (E911 Phase2 Supported) (system dependent).

The stylish CDM-8930 weighs only 3.3 ounces and measures
3.7" x 1.9" and 0.9".

CDM-8920

The next new exciting ACC handheld is the CDM-8920. A
clamshell-style phone, it has a built-in 1.3 mega pixel camera with macro
function and built-in flash with auto sensor. This phone gives users the
option to send and receive photos directly from their wireless phone or
store up to 20 photos on the handset.

Weighing just 3.2 ounces and measuring 3.5"x 1.9" x 0.9",
the tri-mode (800 MHz mps/CDMA, 1900 MHz PCS), CDMA2000 1X capable handset
(system dependent) features the MSM6050 chipset that is GPSOne(tm) Capable
(E911 Phase2 Supported, system dependent).

The full color phone has dual LCD displays with a main
260K TFT 1.8" LCD display (128x 60) and sub 260K TFT 1" LCD display (96x 64)
as well as a built-in two-way speakerphone, voice activated dialing and 32
polyphonic ringers. The phone is Java/BREW(tm) capable, data capable with
USB interface (up to 144 kbps), TTY capable, ERI capable and has two-way
short message service, all system dependent.

CDM-8910

Another camera phone in the Audiovox product line is the
CDM-8910. The phone has a built-in CMOS 310K pixel camera, with flash.
Boasting a dual LCD display, the main display is a 65K 1.8" TFT color LCD
display, with a 1" black & white sub-display.

The CDM-8910 weighs 3.2 ounces and measures 3.5" x 1.9" x
0.9". This phone is tri-mode (800 MHz mps/CDMA, 1900 MHz PCS), CDMA2000 1X
Capable (system dependent) and features the MSM6050 chipset that is
GPSOne(tm) capable (E911 Phase2 Supported), also system dependent.

The CDM-8910 has built-in two-way speakerphone, voice
activated dialing and features 32 polyphonic ringers. The phone is
Java/BREW(tm) capable, data capable with USB interface (up to 144 kbps), TTY
capable, ERI capable and has two-way short message service, all system
dependent.

CDM-8615

For those consumers who want to keep their cameras
separate from their phones, Audiovox is introducing the CDM-8615. This
clamshell-style handset is also great for the budget conscious consumer who
wants a phone that is full of features.

With dual LCD displays, including a 1.8" 65K STN color
main display and a 1" black and white sub-display, it is data capable with
USB interface (up to 144 kbps) (system dependent). It has a two-way built-in
speakerphone and two-way short messaging service (system dependent)
capability as well as CMX 32 polyphonic ringers and vibrating alert.

The CDM-8615 is a tri-mode (800/1900 MHz CDMA, Amps)
phone, measuring 3.5" x 1.8" and 0.9." It is equipped with the MSM6050
chipset, that is GPSOne(tm) (E911 Phase2 Supported), CDMA2000, data capable
with USB Interface (up to 144 kbps), all system dependent.

"The handhelds introduced today provide mobile users
choices based on their needs and lifestyle," said Philip Christopher, CEO of
Audiovox Communications Corporation. "The innovative products merge
technology, style and convenience into mobile phones that are ideal for any
consumer on any budget."

For complete information, or to view the latest handset,
please stop by Audiovox's CTIA Wireless 2004 booth, No. 1347, or visit the
company's website at www.audiovox.com.

CONTACTS:

At CTIA 2004: Booth # 1347 Katie Wasserman Mobile: (516)
551-3139

Alysia Pappas/Joe Vasquez G.S. Schwartz & Co., Inc. (212)
725-4500




QUALCOMM And Iusacell Announce Plans To Bring Wireless
Data Services Based On QUALCOMM’s BREW™ Solution To Subscribers In Mexico
ATLANTA — March 22, 2004 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer
and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless
technology, and Iusacell, a provider of cellular telephony products and
services in Mexico, today announced the companies have signed a definitive
agreement for Iusacell to deploy downloadable wireless applications and
services based on QUALCOMM’s BREW solution. The rollout of BREW-based
services will enable subscribers to browse and download a variety of
applications — such as e-mail, entertainment, communication services, games
and ring tones — on their wireless devices using the operator’s new
third-generation (3G) CDMA2000® 1X network.

"The potential for growth in Mexico’s wireless data market
is strong, and QUALCOMM is excited to team with Iusacell in this endeavor,"
said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of the QUALCOMM Wireless and Internet
Group. "Iusacell’s selection of the BREW solution positions it as the leader
in the Mexican wireless market and validates the solution as the best option
for operators due to its flexibility, ease of implementation and the wide
support it receives from an international community of developers."

"We expect services powered by the BREW solution to
quickly improve our customers’ wireless experience with ready access to
information, entertainment and communication tools through their wireless
handsets," said Gustavo Guzman, chief executive officer, Iusacell. "QUALCOMM
’s BREW solution is a perfect fit for Iusacell. It will enable us to quickly
and effectively provide value-added services that respond to the evolving
needs of our subscribers."

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 24 manufacturers have offered
more than 120 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully
enabling the commercial wireless data services of many very successful
operators, 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 Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth
Guatemala, BellSouth Panama, BellSouth Perú, Telefónica Móviles in Peru,
Movicom in Argentina, Telcel and Movilnet Venezuela, Verizon Dominican
Republic, Verizon Wireless in Puerto Rico, and Pelephone in Israel. Grupo
Iusacell, S.A. de C.V. (Iusacell, NYSE: CEL; BMV: CEL) is a wireless
cellular and PCS service provider in seven of Mexico’s nine regions,
including Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana, Acapulco, Puebla,
León and Mérida. The Company’s service regions encompass a total of
approximately 92 million POPs, representing approximately 90% of the country
’s total population.

QUALCOMM Contacts:

Michele Bakic, QUALCOMM Internet Services Phone:
1-858-651-4017 E-mail:
or Emily Gin, Corporate Public
Relations Phone: 1-858-651-4084 E-mail:
or Bill
Davidson, Investor Relations Phone: 1-858-658-4813 E-mail:




QUALCOMM Announces MediaFLO Content Distribution System
Ffor Network-Scheduled Delivery Oof High-Quality Wireless Content Via 3G
Networks
ATLANTA — March 22, 2004 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer
and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless
technology, today announced the MediaFLO™ Content Distribution System
(MCDS), an end-to-end product and service offering that enables secure and
efficient delivery of high-quality, network-scheduled video content to a
large number of subscribers for easy viewing on handsets. It can be deployed
over today’s unicast (point-to-point) third-generation (3G) wireless
networks and will scale easily for tomorrow’s multicast (one-to-many)
networks (see separate March 22, 2004 CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO enhancements
announcement from QUALCOMM). Demonstrations of the MCDS will be conducted at
QUALCOMM’s booth #3931 in Hall B4 during CTIA Wireless 2004 in Atlanta,
March 22-24.

"Network technology advances, such as those found in
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Gold Multicast, and the emergence of powerful new handsets
based on the MSM6500 chipset, Launchpad suite and BREW solution are lining
up perfectly for the service offering QUALCOMM’s MediaFLO system enables,"
said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of QUALCOMM Wireless & Internet Group.
"The MediaFLO system’s intelligent use of off-peak network capacity enables
the delivery of high-quality video and audio that leverages the higher
processing power, higher screen resolutions, significantly improved sound
and much larger memory size of the wireless handsets coming to market in
2004 and 2005."

The MCDS is designed specifically for wireless operators
looking to use these types of network and device advances to enhance their
multimedia service offerings, and for content providers seeking to reach
their target audiences when those consumers are on the go. The MCDS is a
client-server solution that can seamlessly handle multiple content streams
from multiple sources and play them on the client software using the most
popular video and audio codecs. While it can also support streaming content
in a single, intuitive user interface, its design focus enables operators to
use off-peak network capacity to provide subscribers immediate access to
high-quality content like their home viewing experiences without the
annoyances of progress bars and buffering delays.

With the MediaFLO system, the network operator determines
when the content is sent to the subscriber; the content arrives in the
background, is securely stored on the handset and the user selects and
watches content according to the program schedule. The least time-sensitive
content can be sent when there is little traffic on the network, leaving
only the most time-sensitive content for delivery during times when the
network is being used the most for other data services.

Users navigate the content via the MediaFLO Program Guide,
the user interface to the MediaFLO client. Because the content arrives on
the device prior to its scheduled viewing time, the user experiences the
immediacy and high-quality they are familiar with in their home viewing
experiences. But the MediaFLO system enables much more than passive viewing.
Because the wireless device that plays the content is also a node on the
Internet, the MediaFLO system supports interactivity, such as launching an
application that is used in conjunction with the viewing experience or going
to a Web site for more information on a subject of interest.

The MediaFLO system’s ability to support multiple codecs
and players, and its end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) solution for
protecting and controlling content usage and distribution, mean content
providers can easily extend their brands to their target audiences when they
are on the go and away from their TVs or PCs. Via this new distribution
channel, content providers can generate additional revenue by repurposing
their existing TV and Internet content or by creating new content for what
QUALCOMM believes will emerge over time as a new medium.

Initially, QUALCOMM is targeting the MediaFLO system for
BREW™ operators with deployed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks and plans for
1xEV-DO Gold Multicast networks. The MediaFLO client is a BREW-based
application and the system is designed to use the extensive billing features
of the BREW Distribution System. Like the BREW solution, the MCDS is
air-interface independent – it can be deployed on any IP packet data
network. QUALCOMM expects the rich, high-quality content the MCDS can
deliver to help drive demand for higher-tier multimedia handsets, starting
with those based on the MSM6500™ chipset and the Launchpad™ suite of
integrated advanced functions. Also, because the MediaFLO client is a
BREW-based application, integration and testing for device manufacturers is
straightforward, thereby reducing time to market.

QUALCOMM Contacts:

Emily Gin, Corporate Public Relations Phone:
1-858-651-4084 E-mail:
or Bill Davidson,
Investor Relations Phone: 1-858-658-4813 E-mail:




Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Picture Phone PM-6225 by Nokia
ATLANTA (CTIA Wireless 2004) — March 22, 2004 — The Sprint
PCS VisionSM Picture Phone PM-6225 by Nokia features:

• Price: $229.99 at Sprint Stores nationwide

• Built in Digital Camera: Share it when it happens. Take
a picture anytime and send it to family and friends instantly while on the
enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.

• Smart Camera: Shoot digital pictures with a built-in VGA
camera (640x480 pixels) and auto-focus lens.

• Downloads: Personalize your phone’s wallpaper by
selecting graphics stored in your downloads folder.

• Full-Color Screen: 4k color CSTN display is 128 x 128
pixels.

• Built-in Speakerphone: Integrated speakerphone allows
for convenient communication.

• FM Radio: FM Radio capability (Headset required; for
Stereo FM radio, stereo headset required). Compatible with optional music
stand.

• Customizable Photo Caller ID: Know who’s calling you by
linking downloaded images and photos to the contacts in your internal phone
book.

• Built-in Infrared: Send and received data via infrared.

• Voice Activated Dialing: Say the name of the person you
want to call and the number is dialed automatically without using the
keypad. Store up to 25 name tags.

• Internal Phone Book: Store up to 500 contacts in your
phone book with multiple numbers and text entries per contact.

• Multiple Languages: Supports limited voice and text
prompts in English and Spanish.

• Compact style: 4.21” x 1.81” x 0.83” and only 3.46
ounces

• Calendar: Carry your calendar, calculator, alarm clock,
and to-do list wherever you go so you can create appointments and view your
schedule at a moment’s notice.

• 2.5mm Universal Jack: Accommodates most standard
headsets for hands-free operation.

• Voice recorder: Memo recorder with up to 3 minutes of
recording time.

• Dual-band / tri-mode: This phone may be used on and
while roaming off the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.

• Extended Battery Life: Standard rechargeable LiIon
battery provides up to 2.35 hours of continuous talk time and up to 7 days
of continuous standby time in digital mode. Provides up to 45 minutes of
continuous talk or up to 20 hours continuous standby time in analog mode.

• E911 Emergency Location Capable: Features an embedded
Global Positioning System (GPS) chip necessary for utilizing the E911
emergency location services where available.

• TTY compatible: Compatible with select TTY devices.

• PCS Vision capabilities: Picture MailSM, Messaging,
Games, Ringers, Screen Savers, Web, PCS Business ConnectionSM




Digit Wireless, LG Electronics And TELUS Mobility Announce
Production Of The World's First Fastap™ Enabled Mobile Phone
ATLANTA, March 22, 2004 - Today at the CTIA Wireless 2004
conference, Digit Wireless, consumer electronics giant LG Electronics and
Canadian wireless carrier TELUS Mobility announced an agreement to produce
the world's first Fastap™ enabled mobile phone.

Digit Wireless's Fastap keypad allows mobile phone users
to quickly and intuitively type text messages and other data using letter,
number and punctuation keys arranged neatly around the standard keypad on a
mobile phone.

"Fastap brings keyboard functionality directly to a
standard-sized mobile phone, offering both business users and consumers an
intuitive interface designed specifically for easy text messaging and other
mobile data applications," said Chris Hare, President of Digit Wireless. "We
expect early partnerships with industry leaders such as TELUS Mobility and
LG Electronics to drive widespread adoption of Fastap enabled phones."

Said Neil Strother, senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR's
wireless research group: "Mobile text messaging has made great strides in
North America, but widespread usage remains elusive. One of the limiting
factors has been the traditional telephone keypad. But Digit Wireless'
unique and easy solution breaks the mold, and should enable some serious
growth for text messaging."

TELUS Mobility is the first wireless provider in the world
to publicly commit to Fastap technology, and plans to offer Fastap enabled
mobile phones exclusively in Canada in 2004. TELUS Ventures, a corporate
investment fund dedicated to creating strategic alliances with
entrepreneurial organizations, has invested directly in Digit Wireless,
enabling the innovative technology company to expand its worldwide presence.

"TELUS Mobility's longstanding recognition that mobile
phones are not just for phone calls anymore has placed us in a North
American leadership position in messaging and wireless Web offerings. Our
partnership with Digit Wireless and LG Electronics to introduce the world's
first Fastap enabled phone is as natural a fit for us as the Fastap keyboard
is on a mobile phone," said Robert Blumenthal, Vice President of Products
and Services at TELUS Mobility.

LG Electronics, the first wireless handset manufacturer to
announce production of Fastap enabled mobile phones, has an established
reputation as a wireless technology innovator. Its successful LG 5450 camera
phone, already offered across Canada by TELUS Mobility, has been modified as
a demonstration unit to carry Fastap keypad software and hardware. The
company is preparing a production model of a similar phone for introduction
by TELUS Mobility in 2004.

"LG is excited to partner with Digit Wireless and TELUS
Mobility to offer the first handset that incorporates the truly innovative
Fastap technology," said Jae Ham, Vice President, CDMA Handsets, LG
Electronics. "LG is committed to providing cutting-edge wireless phones that
are compact, easy to use and unique in their functionality - and our
exclusive Fastap enabled phone certainly fits our mandate."

For more information or photos, media may contact:

Digit Wireless:Mira GenserCell: (617)


TELUS Mobility:Julia QuintonCell: (416)


LG Electronics: Steve Preiner Tel: (905) 568-6747




Verizon Wireless Selects Lucent Technologies As A Key
Supplier For Its BroadbandAccess High-Speed Data Service
ATLANTA and BEDMINSTER, NJ — March 22, 2004 — Verizon
Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, will continue to
work with Lucent Technologies under a three-year 1xEV-DO (Evolution-Data
Optimized) agreement to provide wireless infrastructure technology for its
BroadbandAccess service – which uses Verizon Wireless’ third generation (3G)
data network – the fastest commercially available wide-area wireless data
service offered in the United States today. During the first two years of
this agreement, Verizon Wireless is expected to invest more than $525
million in Lucent’s wireless infrastructure technology to expand
BroadbandAccess. Verizon Wireless recently announced that, beginning in
2004, it plans to make BroadbandAccess service available throughout
additional portions of its national footprint.

This agreement to provide wireless infrastructure
technology for Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess service is supplemental to
existing ongoing supply agreements between the two companies. In October
2003, Verizon Wireless commercially deployed its BroadbandAccess service in
two key markets with Lucent as the primary supplier in Washington, D.C.

BroadbandAccess is powered by a 3G CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO
wide-area network. Under this agreement, Lucent will upgrade existing Lucent
base stations with 1xEV-DO Modem Cards and software and provide
1xEV-DO-enabled Flexent® Modular Cell 4.0 base stations as required. Verizon
Wireless will also upgrade its core network utilizing Lucent supplied
1xEV-DO Radio Network Controllers (RNCs) and Element Management Systems.
Lucent Worldwide Services will provide network installation, integration,
and optimization services.

“Given the success of the initial commercial deployment of
this high-speed data network and our long-standing relationship with Lucent
Technologies, we look forward to working with Lucent again on this
industry-leading service,” said Richard Lynch, executive vice president and
chief technical officer, Verizon Wireless. “Our customers in Washington,
D.C. have told us how BroadbandAccess has improved their productivity and
has made them look smart to their customers.”

The BroadbandAccess service allows enterprise customers to
access information when they are out of the office at speeds that are faster
than those offered via any other commercially available wide-area wireless
data service in the United States. With data transmission bursts of up to 2
Megabits per second (Mbps), BroadbandAccess customers can download a 1
Megabyte e-mail attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint presentation or
a large PDF file), or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels)
in less than 30 seconds, which is three to four times faster than using EDGE
service, and as much as ten times faster than on a GPRS network. Customers
can also use this high-speed data service to access rich graphic content,
video, music and more.

“We’re excited to take this next step with Verizon
Wireless as it expands the BroadbandAccess service,” said Cindy Christy,
president, Mobility Solutions for Lucent Technologies. “The new 1xEV-DO
network should quickly enable a whole host of new revenue-generating
multimedia services that businesses and consumers are demanding.”

Media Contact Info:

Jeffrey Nelson

908-306-4824

Debra Lewis Lucent Technologies

917-848-0035



Verizon Wireless Selects Nortel Networks For
BroadbandAccess Network Expansion
ATLANTA AND BEDMINSTER, NJ — March 22, 2004 — Verizon
Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, has signed a
two-year agreement with Nortel Networks* to provide wireless infrastructure
technology for its BroadbandAccess service which uses Verizon Wireless’
third generation (3G) data network– the fastest commercially available
wide-area wireless data service offered in the United States today. Earlier
this year, Verizon Wireless announced that, beginning later this year, it
plans to make BroadbandAccess service available throughout additional
portions of its national footprint. BroadbandAccess is powered by a
CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) third generation (3G)
technology.

Through 2005, Verizon Wireless is expected to spen d US
$167 million on Nortel Networks wireless infrastructure technology that
enables BroadbandAccess. Nortel Networks was a primary supplier in San Diego
for Verizon Wireless’ initial commercial deployment of BroadbandAccess in
October 2003. Nortel Networks will upgrade existing base stations throughout
the network with new Metro Cell base stations, modules, and associated
services.

“Nortel Networks was the network infrastructure provider
in San Diego of our commercial 3G network,” said Richard Lynch, executive
vice president and chief technical officer, Verizon Wireless. “We have
enjoyed tremendous success in San Diego and our customers have told us how
BroadbandAccess has improved their productivity and their ability to respond
more quickly to their customers.”

The BroadbandAccess service allows enterprise customers to
access information when they are out of the office at speeds that are faster
than those offered via any other commercially available wide-area wireless
data service in the United States. With data transmission b! ursts of up to
2 Megabits per second (Mbps), BroadbandAccess customers could download a 1
Megabyte e-mail attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint presentation or
a large PDF file), or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels)
in less than 30 seconds, which is three to four times faster than using EDGE
service, and as much as ten times faster than on a competitor’s GPRS
network. Customers can also use this high-speed data service to access rich
graphic content, video, music and more.

“1xEV-DO is gaining momentum as a global solution,
providing enhanced 3G wireless services to end users everywhere,” said
Pascal Debon, President, Wireless Networks, Nortel Networks. “Nortel
Networks congratulates Verizon Wireless for initiating the wide-scale roll
out of 1xEV-DO, further proving that 3G is real and is quickly being
embraced worldwide.”

Nortel Networks has been providing wireless equipment to
Verizon Wireless and its predecessor companies since 1996. The agreement to
provide wireless infrastructure technology for Verizon Wireless’
BroadbandAccess service is supplemental to existing ongoing supply
agreements between the two companies.

Media Contact Info:

Jeffrey Nelson

908-306-4824

Jennifer Usrey Nortel Networks

972-684-4844



Sprint And BMG Announce Music Tones From Top Artists
ATLANTA (CTIA Wireless 2004) — March 22, 2004 — Sprint,
which owns and operates the largest, all-digital, all-PCS network in the
United States, and BMG, the global music division of Bertelsmann AG,
announced an agreement that delivers Music Tones from top artists to Sprint
PCS VisionSM customers nationwide. The initial lineup of Music Tones, which
are ringers that sound like the actual song, will include hits from such
artists as Britney Spears, Maroon 5, 3 Days Grace, The Strokes, Kenny
Chesney and Pink.

In 2003, Sprint sold more than 20 million ringers and
screen savers and was the first US carrier to offer Music Tones. The deal
with BMG will build upon Sprint’s extensive library of ringers ranging from
pop hits to retro TV themes to 70s classic rock.

“Sprint’s portfolio of ringers allows our customers to
personalize their phones with the newest releases and chart topping songs.
BMG artists represent some of the hottest acts in music today and Sprint is
proud to deliver their music to our Sprint PCS Vision customers,” said Jeff
Hallock, vice president of consumer product marketing for Sprint.

“We are pleased to join with Sprint in providing music
fans a dynamic new way to enjoy music from their favorite artists,” said
Kieve Huffman, Vice President Digital Marketing and Licensing, BMG Strategic
Marketing. “The growing ring-tone market promises a whole new platform for
BMG to build awareness for our artists.”

Sprint PCS Vision customers can purchase and download
ringers directly from their Sprint PCS Vision Phones or at
www.sprintpcs.com. To access ringers on the phone, select Menu/ Downloads/
Ringers and Get New. From there, customers can browse the more than one
thousand titles available from Sprint. Polyphonic ringers are available for
$1.50. Music Tones, animated and voice ringers are available for $2.50.

Sprint announced 3.2 million Sprint PCS Vision customers
through the end of 2003 and leads the industry in adoption of advanced
wireless data services. Sprint PCS Vision includes services that allow
customers to take and receive pictures from select Sprint PCS Phones; browse
the Internet at speeds faster than most dial-up connections; check personal
and corporate e-mail; watch clips and stream audio for news and music;
download polyphonic, animated and voice ringers, and full-color,
graphically-rich games and screen savers, all on the enhanced Sprint
Nationwide PCS Network.

Media Contacts:

Jenny Stevens, Sprint, 212-450-9516


Nathaniel Brown, BMG 212-930-6790









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Sprint Customers Share More Than 100 Million Memories Via Enhanced Sprint
Nationwide PCS Network
ATLANTA (CTIA Wireless 2004) — March 22, 2004 - Sprint announced today that
Sprint PCS Vision(SM) customers have shared more than 100 million images and
15-second video clips using Picture Mail(SM) and Video Mail via the enhanced
Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. Sprint was the first to introduce an
integrated camera phone to the United States in November 2002 with the
Sprint PCS Vision Phone 5300 by Sanyo. Today, Sprint offers nine camera
phones, including the newest Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-6225 by
Nokia. Two of the nine camera phones include a built-in camcorder.

Camera phones now make up nearly half of Sprint’s extensive device line-up,
which far exceeds that of any direct competitor, and more camera phones will
be added throughout the year. With an expanding lineup of camera phones, a
service that’s easy to use and includes an online album, a nationwide
network, and flat-rate pricing, Picture Mail continues to grow in
popularity. Building on this success, Sprint is bringing the latest in
innovation to its customers with the next evolution in messaging. Video
Mail, introduced in December 2003, allows customers to capture, view and
share 15-second video clips directly from their Sprint PCS Vision Video
Phones. Now, in addition to sharing everyday moments with Picture Mail,
Sprint customers have the ability to share life in motion with Video Mail;
both services are powered by Lightsurf.

“Sprint is leading the industry in wireless data adoption with innovative
Sprint PCS Vision services that add value for our customers,” said Jeff
Hallock, vice president of consumer product marketing for Sprint. “We’re
absolutely thrilled with the growth in Picture Mail and Video Mail is
starting to take off. These advanced multimedia services provide Sprint
customers with more ways to stay connected with family and friends, all from
a single device that is always with them.”

Currently, Sprint offers two Sprint PCS Vision Video Phones with built-in
cameras and camcorders, including the VM4050 by Toshiba and the VM4500 by
Sanyo, which will be featured at CTIA 2004 in Atlanta on March 23 at the
Wireless Widget display, booth #5071 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Sprint has plans to add a third Video Mail phone from Samsung in the second
quarter of 2004.

At the end of 2003, total customers on the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network
exceeded 20 million and Sprint was serving more than 3.2 million Sprint PCS
Vision subscribers, up from 2.7 million at the end of the third quarter.

For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

Media Contact:

Jackie Bostick, 913-794-3045

Suzanne Lammers, 913-484-9754



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Here are a couple of more items that are making news from this week’s CTIA
Wireless 2004 show in Atlanta.

Microsoft is hot on the trail of location-based services for cell phones.
On Monday at the CTIA Wireless 2004 show here, the software giant
announced partnerships with U.S. cell phone service provider Sprint and with
Bell Mobility in Canada to sell services, mainly to businesses, that exploit
a mobile phone’s ability to broadcast its exact location.

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A cell phone ring tone vending machine introduced here Monday is the
latest example of how major entertainment companies are selling versions of
their products directly to America’s 156 million cell phone subscribers,
rather than partner with service providers.
The machines, which work with most cell phones, will debut at Best Buy,
Radio Shack and convenience stores in the next three months, said Robert
Pons, chief executive of SmartServe, a wireless e-mail specialist teaming
with touch screen maker Merritt Industries to introduce the vending
machines. They use touch screens to guide users through the purchase
process.


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Shareholders file suit over Sprint stock recombination plan

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press Writer
(Published March 9‚ 2004)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Sprint shareholders have filed at least six lawsuits
over the company's decision to combine its two tracking stocks into a single
common stock, the telecommunications giant said Tuesday in a regulatory
filing.
The suits were filed against Sprint Corp. and its directors by PCS common
stockholders after the company announced Feb. 29 that it would combine the
separate stocks under the FON symbol on the New York Stock Exchange.

One suit was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. The rest
were filed in district court in Johnson County, Kan.

The suits seek an injunction and monetary damages, Sprint said in its annual
report with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 1998, the company created a tracking stock for its wireless business,
Sprint PCS, which trades on the NYSE under the symbol PCS. Sprint, based in
Overland Park, Kan., has just over 1 billion PCS shares and about 906
million FON shares outstanding.

PCS common stock will be eliminated and each share of PCS common stock will
be converted into one-half share of FON common stock on April 23, 2004,
leaving about 1.4 billion total shares outstanding after the recombination.
Sprint plans to continue paying the same quarterly dividend of 12.5 cents on
all FON shares.

When the recombination was announced, Sprint said it was expected to reduce
earnings between 2 and 3 cents per share and reduce the company's free cash
by $200 million in 2004 and $300 million in 2005.

"We are confident that any lawsuit filed in connection with the
recombination is without merit," Sprint spokesman Dan Wilinsky said.

Sprint's articles of incorporation allow that any time after Nov. 23, 2001,
the tracking stocks could be recombined at the board's discretion. He said
the company conducted an extensive study to determine a fair ratio for
converting PCS stock to FON stock.

"The board concluded that the resulting conversion ratio is fair to each
class of shareholders," Wilinsky said.

Telecommunications companies frequently created tracking stocks for their
wireless units in the 1990s with the possibility of spinning them off in the
future.

But concerns arose that executives were managing two entities with sometimes
competing interests and that tracking stocks had become a way for executives
to receive excessive compensation, said Brandon Rees, a research analyst for
the AFL-CIO office of investment.

"There's a concern about this, about tracking stocks in general," he said.
"Unwinding it in a way that is fair to shareholders, I suspect that may be
what the lawsuit is addressing."


 




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