October 22, 2003
LAS VEGAS -- CTIA Wireless I.T. 2003 -- QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and MetroPCS Inc., a wireless service provider offering flat rate, unlimited, anytime service for $35 a month, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to launch downloadable wireless products and services based on QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless(TM) (BREW) platform to subscribers on MetroPCS' all-digital, CDMA2000 1X network.
The launch of BREW-based services will allow MetroPCS subscribers in San Francisco, Sacramento, Miami and Atlanta, to select from a variety of games, ringtone packages, entertainment and productivity applications, and download them over the air to their mobile phones for a truly personalized wireless experience. The BREW solution gives MetroPCS a secure, turnkey system that can be quickly and easily integrated into its existing CDMA2000 1X network.
"Since becoming one of the first wireless operators to deploy an all- digital network, MetroPCS' goal has been to lead the industry in offering innovative wireless services to our customers," said Roger Linquist, president and CEO, MetroPCS. "The BREW system allows us to continue advancing the quality and scope of our business by quickly bringing a powerful, consumer friendly offering to market."
"MetroPCS' decision to deploy BREW-based products and services sets a clear path for offering the best wireless content and applications to its subscribers," said Bob Briggs, vice president of global business relations and operations, QUALCOMM Internet Services. "QUALCOMM looks forward to working with MetroPCS to ensure successful deployment of a high quality service."
QUALCOMM's BREW system provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes application developers, publishers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers.
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 19 manufacturers have offered more than 90 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many very successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Midwest Wireless and U.S. Cellular in the United States, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil and BellSouth International in Colombia.
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