Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS), which operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide network, and Sanyo Fisher Company today announced the PCS Phone by Sanyo 4900, featuring a vivid color screen and a versatile, hands-free speakerphone all for an affordable suggested retail price of $179.99. The new handset is designed to make the most of the advanced new PCS VisionSM services and applications.
PCS Vision enables customers to use their Vision-enabled PCS Devices to check personal and corporate e-mail, play games with full-color graphics and polyphonic sounds and browse the Internet wirelessly with speeds comparable to a home computer's dial-up connection. The shift to providing clarity you can see and hear has revolutionized virtually every aspect of wireless service from Sprint to provide the introduction of applications, features and devices that no other wireless carrier in the nation can match.
The PCS Phone by Sanyo 4900 supports the following PCS Vision applications:
Ringers - Sprint was the first to offer polyphonic ringtones and now, with Vision-enabled PCS Phones from Sprint, users can express even more personality with hundreds of unique downloadable ringers, including the latest music releases, showtunes and sound effects that can be assigned to specific numbers in the address book. Included Compact Media Extension (CMXTM) multimedia software in the Vision-enabled Sanyo 4900 makes it an ideal device for this animated application.
Screen Savers - PCS Vision allows customers to personalize their wireless service by wirelessly downloading screen savers right from their phone, many featuring synchronized animation.
Web - PCS Vision provides an improved Web experience with downloads, icons and full-color graphic versions of popular Internet sites.
Games - PCS Vision enables Sprint and its development partners to move the wireless game experience from the text-based games of today to graphically rich, full-color brand name games on Vision-enabled PCS Phones using the Java 2 platform, Micro Edition (J2METM).
Messaging - PCS Vision makes wireless messaging services from Sprint an extension of the desktop experience with fully functioning Web-based PCS Mail, PCS Short Mail, Wireless Chat by Jumbuck and Messaging Fun games by Scan Mobile.
The PCS Phone by Sanyo 4900 is an ergonomically designed, dual-band handset featuring a large, 1.7-inch, 4096-color, half-permeable LCD display and a built-in, hands-free speakerphone. Sanyo's proven-quality speakerphone makes it easy to keep working while you talk, or to have friends gather around and join the conversation. The handset can also act as a portable answering machine, allowing the user to listen in as the caller leaves a message.
The PCS Phone by Sanyo 4900 provides talk time of up to 4.5 hours and standby time of up to 16 days (standard Sanyo Lithium Ion battery/digital mode). The handset measures 4.88 inches high by 1.89 inches wide by .98 inches deep. It weighs 4.6 ounces with its standard 1350mAh Lithium Ion battery attached.
"The PCS Phone by Sanyo 4900 places the Vision-enabled advancements into one device at an affordable price of $179.99 in Sprint Stores nationwide. The Vision-enabled Sanyo 4900 builds on a popular form factor with key features such as strong battery life and a quality, hands-free speakerphone by adding a full-color screen and Java capability for downloading interactive popular game titles," said John Garcia, senior vice president of sales and distribution for the PCS division of Sprint.
"The 4900 is expressly designed to take full advantage of the advanced voice and data capabilities of PCS Vision on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network," said Atsushi Kodera, group vice president, general manager of Sanyo Fisher Company's Communications/Information Technology Division. "The vivid color screen of our 4900 is the most advanced that Sanyo has ever introduced on a mobile phone in North America. This feature-laden handset also offers consumers a wide variety of JavaTM and WAP 2.0 information and entertainment options."
The advanced new WAP 2.0 Web Browser supports improved content including PNG, JPEG, BMP and WBMP graphic formats. JavaTM (J2METM) capability allows the users of either phone to run enhanced games, maps, detailed reports and other applications that can be downloaded wirelessly.
One-touch voice memo allows up to eight 18-second memos to be recorded simply by pressing a key. Voice-activated dialing lets users call up to 30 stored entries by speaking the name into the handset's microphone. Access to menu options, including e-mail accounts, is achieved via a speedy, thumb-operable navigation key. For ease in reading text, font sizes are adjustable.
Feature highlights of the PCS Phone by Sanyo 4900 include:
Photo/Ringer Caller ID offering virtually endless personalization options
Eight embedded 16-chord polyphonic ringtone melodies
Animation: if enabled, occurs while placing a call
Ringers meet graphics with CMXTM multimedia software
Vibrating ringer mode
Adjustable font sizes (4 selections)
User-defined folder holds up to 200 messages in up to 10 folders
Enhanced Internal Phone Book: stores up to 300 entries, up to nine numbers per entry; holds up to 500 phone numbers, 300 e-mail addresses and 300 URL entries
Personal Profile stores the user's name, blood type, birthday, address, etc.
Spanish text and voice support
Electronic Organizer: a scheduler/calendar and to-do list with function alarm reminds the user to make important calls, and helps to keep track of important events
One-Touch Wireless Web Access for easy Internet connectivity
One-Touch Voice Memo for up to eight 18-second voice memos or incoming caller messages
Voice-activated Dialing for up to 30 names
Call Screening acts like an answering machine to allow the user to listen in as the caller leaves a message
Speed Dialing (dial 2-9)
Call History (20 outgoing, 20 incoming and 20 missed calls)
2.5mm headset jack to connect a headset for convenient, hands-free operation.
The PCS Phone by Sanyo 4900 comes with a standard battery, travel charger and user guide. It is available for a suggested retail price of $179.99, and can be purchased at Sprint Stores nationwide and online at www.sprintpcs.com.