September 27, 1999 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG and Sprint PCS Sign $500 Million Agreement to Deliver Advanced, Internet Capable Wireless Phones

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 23, 1999) - Samsung Telecommunications America (STA) and Sprint PCS today announced they have reached an agreement valued at up to $500 million for the delivery of wireless phones over the next year. Included in the agreement are Samsung's SCH-dual-band/dual-mode wireless phones that provides e-mail and Internet capabilities, in addition to a full range of voice features. Through the agreement, Samsung phones will allow customers to take full advantage of the voice and data capabilities offered by Sprint PCS' 100 percent digital, 100 percent PCS nationwide wireless network.

This is the second major agreement between Samsung and Sprint PCS. Samsung fulfilled a previous $600 million, three-year contract, in only two years. Through the original contract, Sprint PCS sold several Samsung products, including the SCH-2000, the world's first voice-activated dialing CDMA PCS wireless phone.

"With the addition of Samsung's advanced new Internet-ready SCH-3500, Sprint PCS offers businesses and consumers a new level of communication service and information access," said Andy Sukawaty, president for Sprint PCS. "The Sprint PCS network provides the only all-digital nationwide network that was built from the ground up to offer a new level of wireless clarity and nationwide Internet Access with Sprint PCS Wireless Web. The Samsung SCH-3500 is an attractive addition to our product line."
The SCH-3500 is the world's first Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) PCS phone that combines voice-activated dialing and Internet access in a small, sleek affordable package. The phone will have a suggested retail price of $149.99 and will be available from Sprint PCS in September.

"We're pleased to extend our relationship with Sprint PCS," said Peter Skarzynski, vice president of sales and marketing for wireless terminals, STA. "Because the nationwide Sprint PCS network is optimized for data as well as voice communications, we're designing phones that allow consumers to take full advantage of this wireless digital technology. As a result, the SCH-3500 will allow callers to stay in touch more ways with more people."

With hands-free, voice-activated dialing capabilities as well as voice mail, caller ID, three-way calling and call waiting, the titanium-colored SCH-3500 phone is functional and fashionable. With voice-activated dialing, callers can use their voice to dial up to 20 different numbers. The SCH-3500 also offers wireless data capabilities so callers can access the Internet, send and receive e-mail and receive short messages. The phone can even access the Internet access through a laptop or handheld computer.

Sprint PCS and Yahoo! recently announced an agreement to offer Yahoo!Web content and services to Sprint PCS wireless subscribers using Sprint PCS phones. Under the terms of the agreement, Sprint PCS and Yahoo! will jointly provide a range of co-branded Sprint PCS and My Yahoo! Internet information services including e-mail to both companies' users. The companies expect to make the services available in the fourth quarter of 1999. The Thin Phone is one of the many Sprint PCS phones expected to deliver these services.

About Sprint PCS
Sprint PCS operates the largest 100 percent digital, 100 percent PCS nationwide wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nations 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 website at Sprint PCS is a wholly-owned tracking group of Sprint Corporation tradinc "PCS."

Sprint is a global communications company at the forefront in integrating long distance, local and wireless communications services and one of the worlds largest carriers of Internet traffic. Sprint built and operates the United States only nationwide all-digital, fiber optic network and is a leader in advanced data communications services. Sprint has $17 billion in annual revenues and serves more than 17 million business and resident customers.

About Samsung
Samsung Telecommunications America, Inc., a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, develops, and markets hardware for telecommunications and data communications systems and products throughout North America. STA has five main business groups: Wireless Terminals, Wireless Systems, Networks, Business Communications, and Office Automation. For more information, see STAs website at

Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., a $16.6 billion flagship company of the Korean-based Samsung Group, is a world leader in electronics, with operations in more than 46 countries

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