SCHAUMBURG, IL, FOOTHILL RANCH, CA and BEDMINSTER, NJ — Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in wireless communications, and Oakley, Inc. (NYSE: OO), a worldwide leader in premium sunglasses and performance products, today announced the availability of RAZRWIRETM Bluetooth®-enabled eyewear at select Verizon Wireless retail stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. RAZRWIRE combines patented Oakley High Definition Optics® with leading Bluetooth wireless technology from Motorola.
Fusing innovation, fashion and intelligent communications, RAZRWIRE leverages Bluetooth technology to take active-wear to a new level. RAZRWIRE's detachable Motorola Bluetooth wireless headset lets active and style conscious consumers experience hands-free, cable-free communications.
"We know consumers need devices that keep them connected as they move from one environment to the next and RAZRWIRE is the ideal solution-setting a new standard for wearable wireless technology," said Bruce Hawver, vice president of companion products, Motorola's Mobile Device business. "Synonymous with the leading edge of communications services, Verizon Wireless is a perfect match for the state-of-the-art technologies of this invention."
"As our alliance with Motorola continues to extend the possibilities of Oakley's new electronics category, the expansion of distribution into accounts like Verizon Wireless underscores our joint strategy to partner with the world's best companies," said Cos Lykos, vice president of business development, Oakley, Inc. "Distribution of RAZRWIRE will be supported by the strength and global recognition of the Verizon Wireless brand, including its well-earned reputation for customer service and loyalty."
"Whether relaxing in South Beach or shopping on Rodeo Drive, RAZRWIRE lets our customers stay in touch without having to stay put," said Patrick Bucci, director of accessory products, Verizon Wireless. "Having built our reputation on the reliability of our nationwide network, RAZRWIRE will only complement the innovative, fun and quality accessory product that Verizon Wireless has available to our customers today."
RAZRWIRE Bluetooth-enabled eyewear will be available at select Verizon Wireless retail locations nationwide and online at www.verizonwireless.com, www.hellomoto.com, and www.oakley.com for $295 which includes the sunglasses, Bluetooth module and a wall charging unit. RAZRWIRE is currently available in three frame/lens color combinations: Platinum/Gold Iridium®, Pewter/Black Iridium® and Mercury/Gray. RAZRWIRE can also accommodate Oakley prescription lenses. Additional information can be found at http://oakley.motorola.com.
About Motorola, Inc. Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, on the go. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: www.motorola.com.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data 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. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Oakley, Inc. Oakley: a world brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. Building on its legacy of innovative, market-leading, premium sunglasses, the company offers a full array of products including performance apparel and accessories, prescription eyewear, footwear, watches and electronics to consumers in more than 100 countries. Trailing-12-month net sales through September 30, 2005 totaled $638.7 million and generated net income of $52.6 million. Oakley, Inc. press releases, SEC filings and the company's annual report are available at www.oakley.com.
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