Sprint and Sanyo Make a Fashion Statement Launching Phones in a Wide Spectrum of Colors

New Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Phone VI-2300 by Sanyo Adds Six Distinctive Styles

to Sprint's Industry-Leading Color Offerings

Apr 25, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sprint

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Color trends have always
 been integral in driving the direction of the fashion world. Now, Sprint
 (NYSE:   FON) and Sanyo are advancing the role of the wireless phone as today's
 hottest fashion accessory with a significant expansion of color choice
 availability. The expansion includes last month's introduction of the Sprint
 PCS Voice Phone SCP-200 by Sanyo and today's launch of the Sprint PCS Vision
 Phone VI-2300 by Sanyo. Combined, the two phones will be available in a total
 of nine different color options.
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     The SCP-200 by Sanyo is offered in three colors, Silver, Atlantic Blue and
 Pink Fusion, while the VI-2300 will be offered in six colors -- initially in
 Silver, and coming soon in Blue Ice, Graphite, Champagne Rose, Satin Red and
 Deep Forest Green. Both phones are available at Sprint Stores nationwide and
 online ( http://www.sprintpcs.com ). The SCP-200 by Sanyo has a suggested
 retail price of $169.99, or $19.99 after rebate, the VI-2300 by Sanyo has a
 suggested retail price of $189.99, or $39.99 after rebate with a new term
 service agreement.
     Together with the introduction of these wireless phones, Sprint announces
 a new line of color-coordinated accessories designed to further enhance the
 appeal of the phones and increase personalization choices available to
 fashion-savvy customers. These accessories include new headsets and carrying
 cases in colors designed to match the new phones, including pink, navy, red,
 black and royal blue. Bundles are also available, featuring a colored handset
 case, matching headset and vehicle power charger for $49.99. Sprint also
 announced today that it will soon offer an exclusive line of handset cases
 from one of the most sought after handbag designers, Dooney & Bourke.
     "Consumers of all ages are making fashion statements with the mobile
 phones they carry -- the size, the design, the brand, the ringers and screen
 savers they use for personalization, and now by the color of the phone they
 carry," said John Garcia, senior vice president - Sales and Distribution,
 Sprint. "Sprint and Sanyo are giving customers more color choices. Benefits of
 having phones in multiple colors are that family members can own the same
 model phone in different colors and that when they leave home in the morning,
 there's no confusion -- they each know they are carrying the right phone.
 Customers express themselves in many ways, and now choosing a mobile phone
 that's their favorite color or the color of their favorite Sport's team just
 got easier."
     Sprint and Sanyo are leading the industry by presenting such a broad
 offering of colors. The companies began testing market response to color
 offerings two years ago with a single model in three designs. Inspired by
 customer response, the Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-8200 by Sanyo was
 made available in four colors.
     "The colors are very attractive, and we know that this will be the first
 thing people see, but at the same time these phones also have the quality and
 powerful features that customers have come to expect from Sanyo," said Andy
 Kodera, senior vice president and general manager of Sanyo Fisher Company's
 Wireless Communications Division. "They both feature our high-quality built-in
 speakerphone, a color screen and Sanyo's long battery life. With the VI-2300,
 we also add Sprint PCS Vision compatibility and Sprint PCS Ready Link(SM).
 These phones have both beauty and brains."
     Key features of the new Sprint PCS Vision Phone VI-2300 by Sanyo include:
     -- Compact style: Clamshell 3.35" x 1.85" x 1.05" and only 3.6 ounces.
     -- Dual-band/tri-mode: This phone may be used on and while roaming off the
        Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.
     -- Sprint PCS Vision: Surf the Web; check email; and download games,
        ringtones, applications and screensavers.
     -- Sprint PCS Ready Link: A thumb-operable Sprint PCS Ready Link button on
        the side of the phone allows instant conversation coast-to-coast.
     -- Built-in speakerphone: Open or closed, hands-free operation of the
        phone is made easy with the high-quality built-in SANYO speakerphone.
     -- Vibrant full-color internal screen: Vivid 1.6" internal color LCD;
        supports 65K colors.
     -- External display: Check caller ID, time and battery life on the
        external LCD display.
     -- Voice-activated dialing: Say the name of the person you want to call
        and the number is dialed automatically without using the keypad. Prior
        training required. Store up to 30 entries.
     -- Two-way SMS text messaging: Instantly chat with friends and family by
        sending and receiving short text messages with SMS.
     -- Customizable caller ID: Customize your caller ID by linking a ringer or
        downloaded graphic or photo to a specific phone number in your contact
        list. The caller's number will also appear on the internal and external
     -- Internal phone book: Assign up to 300 entries, each storing seven
        numbers, with a total capacity of up to 500 numbers and 300 email and
        Web addresses.
     -- Call screening: Allows the user to decide whether or not to take the
        call while the caller hears a supplied or user-recorded announcement.
     -- Built-in personal tools and planner: Includes an Alarm Clock that can
        be set one time or daily, a calendar with a To-Do List and Scheduler, a
        Calculator, a Stop Watch, and a World Clock.
     -- Voice memo: Record over a minute's worth of memos, notes and reminders
        of up to 18 seconds each in length for playback when needed.
     About Sprint
     Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and
 solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A
 Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004,
 Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-
 of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide
 all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone;
 and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in
 the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/mr .
     About Sanyo
     Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq:   SANYY) is a $24 billion manufacturer and
 distributor of consumer and commercial electronics, including multimedia and
 telecommunication products. Based in Chatsworth, California, Sanyo Fisher
 Company (a division of Sanyo North America Corporation, a subsidiary of Sanyo
 Electric Co., Ltd.) markets PCS phones, audio systems, portable and mobile
 electronics, televisions, DVD players/recorders, 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 .