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SANYO Unveils Its First Mobile Phone That's Rugged Enough to Be Compliant With Military Standard 810F for Dust, Shock and Vibration

Ultra-durable Phone Also Supports Advanced GPS Applications for Workforce Productivity

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- SANYO today announced the ultra-rugged SCP-7050, the first SANYO phone that adheres to Military Standard 810F for dust, shock and vibration. Ideal for business users with mobile field operations such as those in construction, maintenance and other tough environments, the SCP-7050 by SANYO is also perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who will appreciate the phone for the textured anti-slip rubber grip that wraps around the back and sides of the phone, offering a sure hold and added surface protection. The SCP-7050 also supports advanced GPS-based Java applications and Bluetooth(R) wireless technology for enhanced workforce productivity.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070327/LATU026 )

The SCP-7050 by SANYO will be available beginning in early April through Sprint retail channels including http://www.sprint.com/. Suggested retail price is $149.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement.

"The ultra-rugged, military spec design of the SCP-7050 is a great feature, but its true strength comes from a combination of capabilities that include Java MVM support, autonomous GPS, and enhanced Bluetooth capabilities," said Andy Kodera, senior vice president and general manager of SANYO Fisher Company's Wireless Communications Division. "Many of our phones already support GPS navigation, but this is really the first rugged CDMA phone from Sprint that supports Sprint's more advanced GPS business applications. The SCP-7050 finally makes these applications available to Sprint's many CDMA business customers who need a durable phone for their field personnel."

The advanced GPS capabilities of the phone allow it to keep up with demanding users such as those in construction, maintenance, transportation, and other field operation industries. The SCP-7050 offers autonomous GPS that allows location data to be captured even when the user has taken the phone off the wireless network. In addition, Java MVM allows the phone to run multiple Java applications simultaneously. The combination of Java MVM and location based GPS allows the phone to support advanced navigation, tracking and management applications. Applications such as Comet Tracker(TM) by ActSoft, Gearworks etrace(R), TeleNav Track(TM), and Xora GPS TimeTrack provide GPS tracking, job dispatching, location-intelligent timecards, configurable forms, geofencing, and more.

Another powerful business solution is integrated Bluetooth support. The Bluetooth capability supports headsets, auto hands-free kits, Bluetooth printing and wireless PC connection.

The phone has been designed so that it is easy to use and view even when using gloves or in bright outdoor conditions. The four external side buttons allow easy access to the speakerphone, call lists which are displayed on the outside LCD, Sprint Ready Link(R), and volume control. The 1" outside LCD is high-contrast to allow better visibility in outdoor environments, making it easy to check the time or Caller ID. Once open, the phone reveals an easy-to-use keypad with large raised blue-backlight keys and a 2" color internal screen.

The large 24mm diameter SANYO speakerphone provides ample audio volume for hands-free conversations.

The rugged SCP-7050 by SANYO includes additional innovative features for productive use:

* Sprint Vision(R), for messaging and wireless Web access, as well as downloadable games, ringers, screen savers and other applications. * Limit Use feature allows the user to pre-determine the allowed incoming and/or outgoing phone numbers. Can also be used to restrict Sprint Vision and/or Sprint Ready Link usage. * 4.4 hours of digital talk time * Wireless Backup, an optional service from Sprint that automatically stores a backup of contacts. Each time the contacts are edited, changes are wirelessly saved to a secure Sprint server. If the phone is lost, stolen or replaced it is easy to restore all of the contacts. * Phone as Modem capable. With an optional USB cable, Sprint Vision Connection Manager software, and the appropriate Sprint service plan, the SCP-7050 can be used as a modem for a laptop PC. About SANYO

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a $23 billion manufacturer and distributor of consumer electronics and commercial equipment, including multimedia and telecommunication products. SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), based in Chatsworth, California markets PCS phones, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, televisions, dictation devices, digital camera/camcorder combinations, home appliances, LCD projectors, security video equipment and air conditioning systems. For more information, visit SANYO Wireless Communications online at http://www.sanyowireless.com/.

High resolution image of the SCP-7050 available for download at:

http://e2ma.net/userdata/6842/assets/sanyo_scp_7050.jpg

SANYO Wireless Communications

CONTACT: Beverly Steinberg of GBL Public Relations, +1-714-777-2760,
[email protected], for SANYO

Web site: http://www.sanyowireless.com/

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