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Audiovox Previews Four New Handsets
Posted: 20-Oct-2002 [Source: Audiovox press release]

[ACC, a subsidiary of Audiovox, previewed new handsets at CTIA's recent wireless event in Las Vegas including the CDM-9600, featuring a built-in camera, and three two tri-mode handsets including the CDM-9500, the CDM-8500 and the CDM-8300.]

Las Vegas, NV -- State-of-the-art, leading-edge technologies, a host of the most user-requested features, even a built-in camera on the newest model, have been incorporated into the new wireless handsets that Audiovox Communications Corporation (ACC) presented this year's CTIA Wireless IT event in Las Vegas, October 16 -18, 2002.

ACC, a subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation, is a U.S. technology leader in CDMA (code division multiple access) handsets. Designed to keep today's on-the-go wireless users a step ahead, these new ACC phones will enable carriers to provide their subscribers with products that meet their every need, every level of sophistication, every budget.

Picture This Colorful, CDMA2000 1X-Capable Handsets

Colorful displays, a built-in camera and photo IDs are just some of the new features that are available on ACC's newest handset, the CDM-9600. For those on-the-go business professionals or individuals looking to stay on the cutting edge of communications, this state-of-the-art, tri-mode (800 MHz AMPS/CDMA, 1900 MHz PCS), CDMA handset is fashionable, multi-functional and feature-rich.

Besides such user-demanded features as high-speed wireless voice and data connectivity for Web browsing, e-mail and mobile e-commerce functions and 2-way short messaging service (SMS), ACC's CDMA2000 1X-capable CDM-9600 is equipped with a built-in, digital camera, making it an excellent tool for enterprise applications where the immediacy of real-time photos can help to resolve business situations, such as in the case of insurance adjusters or corporate field representatives. The CDM-9600 can also display pictures on the handset's full, 65K-color LCD for photo IDs of incoming phone callers. The CDM-9600 is also equipped with GPS location positioning technology whereby a compatible carrier can track a user's location during an emergency situation.

Bolstered by a myriad of the most user-requested features, the CDM-9600 is a great communications tool for business and recreational use.

In addition to the CDM-9600, Audiovox will soon ship its CDMA tri-mode (800 MHz AMPS/CDMA, 1900 MHz PCS), web-enabled, CDMA2000 1X-capable handset, the CDM-9500. Stylishly designed in a clamshell-styled form factor, the CDM-9500 is both voice- and data-capable as well as equipped with the MSM5100 chipset and gpsOne-based location positioning technology that enables compatible carriers to track a handset user's location.

Feature-rich yet compact in size, the CDM-9500 sports dual LCD displays for total information availability. The exterior LCD features a 2-line display for basic information while the interior's primary LCD is a large, 9-line, 65K color TFT display for full text and video presentation. This leading-edge handset also stores and displays photos of incoming callers, further enhancing its caller ID functionality. The CDM-9500 weighs less than 4 oz. (3.8 oz.) and supports high-speed wireless connectivity for web browsing, e-mail and mobile e-commerce functions. MSRP for the handset is $499.00, excluding any carrier subsidies or discounts.

Ready To Ship

ACC's is prepared to ship its voice- and data-capable CDM-8500, a CDMA tri-mode (800 MHz AMPS/CDMA, 1900 MHz PCS), web-enabled, CDMA2000 1X-capable handset that is equipped with a variety of the most in-demand features, including 2-way SMS and voice-activated dialing. Encased in clamshell-styled form factor with dual LCD displays, the CDM-8500 is equipped with the MSM5100 chipset and gpsOne-based location positioning technology (system-dependent).

Weighing in at just 3.2 oz. and supporting high-speed wireless connectivity for web browsing, e-mail and mobile e-commerce functions, the CDM-8500 is also available with EMS compatibility. MSRP for the CDM-8500 handset is $399.00, although carrier subsidies may result in lower retail pricing.

ACC's fourth new handset, for Wireless IT, is the CDM-8300, a CDMA2000 1X-capable, tri-mode, Web-capable (UP 4.1/5.0) handset that boasts leading-edge smarts, good looks and a handy built-in speakerphone that's just perfect for users who want cool phones that do more. Equipped with the MSM5100 chipset and gpsOne location positioning technology (carrier system-dependent), the CDM-8300 is also available with EMS compatibility.

Attractive and lightweight (3.4 oz.), the CDM-8300 features an ergonomically designed bar-styled form factor for easy handling and utilization. Beyond its good looks, the CDM-8300 lets users take advantage of 2-way text messaging, a Web browser (WAP Browser UP 4.1), voice-activated dialing, a two-way speakerphone, T9(r) text input, and downloadable ringtones and images. It's perfect for Web browsing and e-mail, and can act as a wireless modem when tethered to a personal computer or laptop, with transmission speeds that can peak at 144 kbps. ACC pegs the CDM-8300's MSRP at $249.00, excluding any carrier subsidies or discounts.

"These four, technologically advanced handsets will enable carrier subscribers to take full advantage of CDMA2000 1X networks around the country by providing wireless networking, fast data transmission capabilities and a variety of the most-requested user features," said Philip Christopher, President and CEO of Audivox Communications Corporation. "By meeting the growing needs of their increasingly sophisticated, technologically astute customers, these carriers will also be able to achieve their own, respective business initiatives, as well."

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