Verizon Wireless And Sharp Corporation Offer First Brew Enabled Handsets with Color Screens In North America

Verizon Wireless And Sharp Corporation Offer First Brew Enabled Handsets with Color Screens In North America

Verizon Wireless Teams Up with Sharp to Offer the Z-800 -- A Color Handset that Allows Customers to Easily Download Applications to Their Phones

March 18, 2002


Dave Fogelson, Sharp Electronics Corporation
(201) 529-8680

Brenda Boyd Raney, Verizon Wireless
(908) 306-4834

Verizon Wireless Z-800
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MAHWAH, NJ -- Today, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, in conjunction with Sharp Corporation, announced the availability of the Verizon Wireless Z-800 handset - the first BREWTM enabled handset with a color liquid crystal display screen in North America.

Manufactured by Sharp and branded Verizon Wireless, the Z-800 with its BREW technology allows customers to download games, entertainment, communication, health, and financial applications for a nominal fee. With Verizon Wireless becoming the first wireless carrier to provide service for BREW applications in combination with the Z-800 handset from Sharp, the style of mobile communication is rapidly changing.

Sharp is supplying Verizon Wireless with the Z-800, a sleek folding tri-mode CDMA wireless phone that incorporates an illuminated color liquid crystal display screen and the BREW platform. The Z-800's easy to read 256-color graphic screen (2 inches with a beautiful display resolution of 128 x 160 dots) is ideally suited to showcase the wide range of useful, exciting and fun BREW applications.

Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW ) is a software platform developedby wireless technology leader QUALCOMM Incorporated. The platform allows developers to create standard programs for downloading applications that work in phones thereby enhancing the versatility of mobile devices.

The Z-800 is an innovative product that reflects Sharp's commitment to produce one-of-a-kind products that enhance people's lifestyles. The Z-800 incorporates a number of Sharp's core devices and technologies, including liquid crystal display, Flash Memory, Miniaturization and Interface technology. A built-in capability of the Z-800 is a unique caller ID function capable of displaying the caller's photo along with a name and phone number.

The Verizon Wireless Z-800 is available beginning today in the San Diego market. Verizon Wireless customers in San Diego can purchase the new Z-800 BREW-enabled phone at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and participating RadioShack locations throughout San Diego. Verizon Wireless expects to introduce BREW nationwide starting in May 2002.


About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications and Internet services. The company has the largest nationwide wireless network and 29 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Reporters and editors can find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

About Sharp Corporation

Sharp Corporation is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. Sharp Corporation currently employs about 58,400 people in the world and recorded consolidated annual sales of over 2,012.8 billion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001. For more information, please visit Sharp's Web site at http://sharp-world.com/index.html.

QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. BREW is a trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated.