Virgin Mobile USA Launches Kyocera Event for the Growing Wave of Smartphone Users

  Virgin Mobile USA Launches Kyocera Event for the Growing Wave of Smartphone
  Users

  Delivering the Best Features in an Affordable Android Smartphone Without a
 Contract, Kyocera Event Is Available in Black or Red from Virgin Mobile USA
                                  for $79.99

Business Wire

SAN DIEGO & WARREN, N.J. -- February 20, 2013

Smartphones can make even the most mundane situation an “event.” Stuck in
line? Multitask by posting witty observations and pics on Facebook or Twitter.
On an endless road trip? A little online shopping makes time fly by. The new
Kyocera Event Android smartphone helps to make every moment – and dollar –
count for anyone looking for an affordable phone, and especially the estimated
500,000 people who each week make the jump from feature phones to
smartphones^1. The black version of Event launches today at Virgin Mobile USA
for $79.99^2 without a contract^3. A red version of the phone will be
available exclusively from RadioShack, where Kyocera recently was named the
retailer’s 2012 Device Vendor of the Year, beginning March 3.

Kyocera Event’s 3.5” HVGA IPS touchscreen display ensures crisp, bright
viewing from any angle while adjustable brightness allows optimum viewing in
any light. With Virgin Mobile USA on Sprint’s nationwide high-speed network^4
and the phone’s 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Event provides snappy
access to apps, email and the Web and delivers Virgin’s “Higher Calling”
promise to those new to smartphones with its Beyond Talk unlimited data^5 and
messaging plans starting at $35 per month.

“Kyocera Event on Virgin Mobile is the perfect device for the millions of
people buying their first smartphone, or those who simply want a full
featured, yet affordable phone without a contract,” said Eric Anderson, senior
vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera
Communications. “Whether it’s the simple elegance of black or the
stand-out-in-a-crowd confidence of RadioShack’s exclusive red, Kyocera Event
has style and performance far beyond its affordable price tag.”

With Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Kyocera Event offers access to the
Google Play Store^™ where users can download thousands of free Android apps
including games, productivity tools, travel assistance and rewards programs.
Google Maps™ and Google Navigation™ eliminates the need to ever ask for
directions again. A 3.2- megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and video
camcorder helps ensure each moment is captured, and the virtual QWERTY keypad
with Swype® allows users to share messages faster and easier with rapid text
entry. Kyocera’s MagniFont is an extra-extra-large font size to help ensure
users can always see what they’re doing, and Kyocera’s Eco Mode software
monitors and conserves battery power. With 4GB ROM/512MB RAM memory and
support for microSD™ memory card expansion up to 32GB, Event owners can store
and transfer thousands of photos, videos, music and more.

About Virgin Mobile USA

Virgin Mobile USA, one ofSprint's prepaid brands, offers millions of
customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile's Beyond
Talk™ No Contract plans with unlimited data for mobile phone service including
Android-powered smartphones and prepaidBroadband2Gohigh-speed Web access on
the Nationwide Sprint Network.Virgin Mobile offers a selection of quality
handsets from Kyocera, HTC, LG, and Samsung, including the Samsung Galaxy S II
4G and Samsung Galaxy Reverb.Virgin Mobile products are generallyavailable
at more than 40,000 retail stores around the country, including Target,
Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack. Top-Up cards are available at approximately
150,000 locations nationwide and can be used for Assurance Wireless and
Broadband2Go services.Experience Virgin Mobile on the Web
atFacebook,Twitter,You Tube and purchase Virgin Mobile USA products
atwww.virginmobileusa.com

About Kyocera Communications Inc.

Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI) is the headquarters for Kyocera- and
Sanyo-branded wireless products and accessories in the Americas. The company's
devices are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and
multimedia. KCI was formed in April 2009 through the combination of Kyocera
Wireless Corp. and Kyocera Sanyo Telecommunications Inc., two wholly owned
subsidiaries of Kyocera International Inc. The former was created when Kyocera
purchased QUALCOMM Incorporated's consumer wireless phone business in 2000,
while the latter was formed when Kyocera purchased the wireless phone business
of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. in 2008. Based in San Diego, KCI leverages Japan's
history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect
for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and
style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly
interface. For more information, please visithttp://www.kyocera-wireless.com
or follow the company on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) (TOKYO: 6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/),
the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959
as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By
combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating
them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of
telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, solar power generating
systems, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and
industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net
sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is
ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000" listing of the world's
largest publicly traded companies.

  © 2013 Kyocera. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of
   Kyocera Corporation. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.; use of this
  trademark is subject to Google Permissions. Bluetooth mark is owned by the
  Bluetooth SIG Inc. and any use of such mark is under license. MicroSD is a
  trademark of SD-3C, LLC. Snapdragon is a registered trademark of Qualcomm
   Incorporated. All other marks are properties of their respective owners.

^1 According to Asymco.com
^2 Excludes taxes.
^3 Service is subject to Virgin Mobile’s Terms of Service and other materials
provide at time of activation.
^4 Coverage not available everywhere.
^5 Plans include 2.5GB/month of 3G and/or 4G [where available] high speed data
Additional terms apply.

Contact:

Kyocera Communications Inc.
John Chier
858-882-3543
john.chier@kyocera.com
or
Virgin Mobile USA
Lorena Pino
908-660-0330
Lorena.Pino@virginmobileusa.com
 
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