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Brightstar Brings Flagship Xperia Smartphones from Sony to the U.S.

MIAMI, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brightstar Corp., the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a global leader in services and solutions for the wireless industry announced today they will bring the newest Xperia™ smartphones from Sony to the U.S. market. Brightstar's ability to deliver to national and regional operators will ensure devices such as the highly anticipated Xperia NXT series including the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U, will become available to consumers across the country in urban or rural markets.

Brightstar will provide Sony Mobile Communications with various services including forward logistics, programming, reverse logistics with warranty support and customized go-to-market solutions. The agreement will leverage Brightstar's regional and local expertise.

"We are thrilled to expand Sony Mobile Communications' presence in the U.S. with Brightstar, offering a broader range of our Xperia portfolio to consumers," said Paul Hamnett, President of Sony Mobile Communications, North America.

Sony is widely recognized as one of the most prominent entertainment technology brands worldwide, and the Xperia NXT series of devices meet the consumer needs for content integration, placing the smartphone at the center of the four screens they use the most: the television, tablet, computer and smartphone. The Xperia smartphones from Sony are expected to become available through Brightstar's extensive distribution channels this summer.   

"Brightstar's ability to serve national and regional operators will enable Sony Mobile Communications to reach a wider audience with its Xperia smartphones," said Marcelo Claure, Chairman and CEO of Brightstar. "We look forward to bringing innovation across the country, especially to underserved communities."

Brightstar's North American distribution network leverages more than 450,000 square feet of warehouse facilities and provides support to tens of thousands of points of sale in the United States.  

About Brightstar Corp.

Brightstar is the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading global services company focused on enhancing the performance and profitability of the key participants in the wireless device value chain. The company supports over 80,000 points of sale worldwide with operations in 51 countries and territories and provides a comprehensive range of more than 100 customized services for value-added distribution, supply chain optimization, retail, IT VARs mobility, and consumers. Brightstar's services help customers manage the growing complexity of the wireless device value chain and enable them to increase product availability, expand their channel reach and drive supply chain efficiencies by getting the right products to the right place at the right time for the best value. For more information, please visit www.brightstarcorp.com.

"Sony" and "Sony Entertainment Network" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation. "Xperia" is a trademark of Sony Mobile Communications. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information, contact:
Michele M. Merrell                                                                           
Brightstar Corp.
michele.merrell@brightstarcorp.com
+1.305.421.6000

SOURCE Brightstar Corp.



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