KANSAS CITY, MO, September 22, 1999 -- Samsung and Sprint PCS (NYSE: PCS) today introduced the SCH-3500, a new dual-band, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) PCS phone that combines voice-activated dialing and wireless Internet access via the Sprint PCS Wireless Web in a small, sleek package. The phone will be available this month at Sprint PCS stores, RadioShack stores and other participating retailers in the Sprint PCS nationwide wireless network. The SCH-3500 is packaged with a standard lithium-ion battery and desktop charger and has a suggested retail price of $149.99.
Designed with voice-activated dialing capabilities as well as voicemail, Caller ID, three-way calling and call waiting, the titanium-colored SCH-3500 phone is as functional as it is stylish. With voice-activated dialing for 20 numbers, callers only need the sound of their voice to keep up with frequently dialed numbers. Additionally, the SCH-3500 features voice memo.
Wireless Internet access is another innovative feature of this web-enabled phone. The SCH-3500 features a MiniBrowser which enables customers to browse select text versions of popular websites via the Sprint PCS Wireless Web, as well as check e-mail and receive short messages, such as news and information updates. The phone even serves as a wireless modem for Internet or corporate Intranet access through a laptop, palm computing device or handheld computer.
"Critical communications now reaches far beyond mere voice technologies. E-mail and wireless Internet access are vital means of keeping in touch and staying informed. Samsung is dedicated to providing consumers with the innovative features they need to keep pace with their active lives," said Peter Skarzynski, vice president of sales and marketing for wireless terminals, STA. "Samsung also recognizes that callers want a phone that reflects their sense of style. The titanium-colored handset with its active flip up makes the 3500 handset the ultimate wireless accessory."
"The SCH-3500 combines voice-activated dialing capabilities with wireless Internet access making it an ideal phone to support the Sprint PCS Wireless Web services," said Phil Garrison, vice president and general manager, Subscriber Equipment, for Sprint PCS. "Sprint PCS is committed to providing our customers with clarity, nationwide coverage, information connectivity, superior value and the most advanced, feature-rich phones, like the SCH-3500."
The phone weighs only 5.5 ounces and is 4.4 inches long. The unit has a five-line display and an active flip. With a standard lithium ion battery, the phone provides up to 2.5 hours of talk time or up to 130 hours of standby time in CDMA mode. The extended battery lasts up to 5 hours of talk time or up to 230 hours in standby in CDMA mode. Batteries can be recharged using the Samsung desktop rapid charger, the automobile cigarette lighter adapter rapid charger or a travel charger. Hands-free car kits, leather cases, a Sprint PCS Wireless Web Connection Kit and ear phones are also available.
Sprint PCS operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint PCS has licensed PCS coverage of nearly 270 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit the Sprint PCS web site at http://www.sprintpcs.com. Sprint PCS is a wholly-owned tracking group of Sprint Corporation trading on the NYSE under the symbol "PCS."
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