Samsung Telecommunications America and Verizon Wireless Introduce The First Express Network(sm) and GPS-Capable Wireless Phone on the Market

Samsung Telecommunications America and Verizon Wireless Introduce The First Express NetworkSM and GPS-Capable Wireless Phone on the Market

The Stylish SCH-a310 is a Light-Weight Handset But Heavy on Features

September 17, 2002


Dallas, TX


Samsung Telecommunications America (STA), a top-tier global wireless handset provider, and Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless services provider, today introduced the compact SCH-a310 wireless phone, which provides high-speed data communications, Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities and personalization features.

The a310 provides serious style with the latest communications technology. The advanced wireless handset supports Verizon Wireless' 1X high-speed data network-the Express NetworkSM-when used as a modem with a Mobile Office connectivity kit on laptops and select PDAs. With 1X data capabilities, STA's a310 lets Verizon Wireless customers keep pace with their busy schedules through fast access to office networks, e-mail or the Internet.

Personalization takes on new meaning with some of the a310's features. The external LCD screen has seven programmable colored backlights so incoming calls can be color coded for easy recognition, particularly helpful when the user is in dark locations. To reflect their moods and styles, customers can choose from the changeable faceplates, available in multiple colors, and screensavers that are available on the a310.

In areas where Verizon Wireless has upgraded Enhanced 911 services at local 911 call center systems and local phone company networks, the a310's GPS capability can help to automatically identify the calling location and wireless phone number to the call center. Verizon Wireless has reported that it has achieved the E-911 Phase II milestones set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is on track to meet additional FCC goals, including deploying network-based technologies and handset sales.

"Samsung is proud to provide a feature-rich phone that meets the needs of Verizon Wireless' customers," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of wireless terminals, Samsung. "With customizable features, 1X capabilities and GPS, the a310 offers a combination of advanced communications with high-style for Verizon's image-conscious, tech-savvy consumers."

"Since many of our customers are finding they require a device that does more than make voice calls, we are working very closely with manufacturers to meet their needs," said Rich Meigh, vice president of wireless devices, Verizon. "The a310 by Samsung is a good example of technology truly working for the customer."

Weighing just 3.2 ounces, the a310 features dual LCD screens, allowing users to identify callers without flipping open the phone. The a310 also incorporates a number of STA's advanced features, including a built-in personal information manger (PIM), Tegic T9™ text input, voice-activated dialing and two-way text messaging. The a310, which retails for $199.99 after a $50 instant rebate, is available in select Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. The Mobile Office connectivity kit retails for $79.99 and will be available where the a310 is available.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, see STA's website at www.samsungusa.com.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries. The company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 30.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

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