U.S. Cellular to Launch the Rugged Kyocera DuraPro

U.S. Cellular to Launch the Rugged Kyocera DuraPro

Will be Available Online February 27 and in Stores February 28

CHICAGO and SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Cellular (NYSE:
USM) and Kyocera Communications Inc. have announced the launch of the Kyocera
DuraPro. With Military Standard 810G certification, DuraPro is a perfect fit
for consumers and business customers who need a tough feature phone on a
high-speed nationwide network. It will be available online February 27 and in
stores on February 28 for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

The Kyocera DuraPro is water, shock, dust, and vibration resistant and is
encased in non-slip Dura-Grip material for a strong hold and extra durability.
It can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in up to one meter of water and comes
with essential apps including, email, a web browser and navigation. Those
features, along with a 3.2 megapixel camera, large keypad and powerful
speakerphone, make the DuraPro a practical and reliable choice for consumers
and business customers who need a device that can withstand harsh elements.

"For those who work and play outdoors in varying weather and climates, the
Kyocera DuraPro is an ideal device to help you stay connected to people and
information wherever you are," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and
marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "At U.S. Cellular, we want to provide
a better wireless experience, and our customers can rely on this phone to keep
working even in extreme conditions."

The Kyocera DuraPro comes with a programmable hot key on the side of the phone
that users can easily assign for quick access to the calendar, Bluetooth,
alarm or web. U.S. Cellular business customers and consumers who purchase this
device also receive benefits no other carrier offers, including a valuable
rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.

"There's still very strong demand for a solid feature phone, and feature
phones don't come any more solid than the DuraPro," said Eric Anderson, senior
vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera
Communications. "The rugged durability of this device and U.S. Cellular's
fantastic customer loyalty program combine for a wireless solution that will
be with you for the long run."

Additional Features:

  *In addition to water, vibrations and dust, DuraPro is engineered to meet
    Military Standard 810G for temperature extremes, blowing rain, low
    pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity
  *Expandable memory – up to 32GB with optional microSD card
  *Large font option for menus

For more information about the Kyocera DuraPro, please visit
www.duraseries.com or uscellular.com.

About U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and
industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The
Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are
all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call
quality of any national carrier. Currently, 61 percent of customers have
access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of 2013.
U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion
in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit
one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and
videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular,
Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

About Kyocera Communications Inc.

Kyocera Communications Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices
in the Americas. Designed with durability, dependability, and long-term value
as priorities, Kyocera mobile phones help people feel comfortable with new
technology and use it to connect, perform, and outsmart life's challenges. At
the heart of Kyocera's products is a belief that one size doesn't fit all, and
that people should do more with phones instead of being confused by them or
having to alter their lifestyles to accommodate them. For more information,
follow the company at www.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones or
www.twitter.com/kyoceramobile.

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.

Katie Frey, U.S. Cellular, katie.frey@uscellular.com, 773-355-3275

John Chier, Kyocera Communications Inc., john.chier@kyocera.com, 858-882-3543

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