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7/24/2003

Sprint Announces Nationwide Availability of the First Pocket PC with Integrated Camera, Built-in Keyboard and Wireless Phone

Customers can leave laptops behind with PCS Phone by Hitachi Model SH-G1000 with Windows Mobile software for Pocket PC Phone Edition, exclusively for the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 24, 2003 – There was a time when businesspeople were judged by how many devices they carried with them. But starting today, they will be judged by how many devices they leave behind. The Windows Mobile-based PCS Phone by Hitachi Model SH-G1000 is the first Pocket PC to integrate a rotating camera, built-in keyboard and wireless phone all in one device. The Hitachi G1000 combines the functionality of a Pocket PC with the advanced wireless data applications delivered by the faster data speeds of the Enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. It is now exclusively available nationwide to Sprint customers for a suggested retail price of $649.99.

“Sprint continues to demonstrate what it means to be a leader in innovation and wireless business solutions by extending our portfolio of smart devices to include Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC Phone Edition,” said Phil Bowman, vice president, business marketing for the PCS Division of Sprint. “The Hitachi G1000 is a powerful tool that lets you leave your laptop behind and continue to get business done. Now, customers have a wireless device that combines the familiarity of the Microsoft Windows Operating System, the speed and coverage of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network and clarity of a PCS Phone. It’s an amazing combination for employees or individuals who want to be more productive while away from their desks or on the move.”

Sprint Announces Nationwide Availability of the First Pocket PC with Integrated Camera, Built-in Keyboard and Wireless Phone.

The Hitachi G1000 is a first-in-its-class “converged device” meaning it offers the power of a PC and convenience of a wireless phone in one compact unit (8.4 oz, 5.8” x 3.3” x 0.9”). It comes loaded with Windows Mobile software for Pocket PCs, 32 MB of memory, 400 MHz Intel® XScale™ Processor and 65K TFT (Thin Film Transistor) color display. In addition, it is the first wireless Pocket PC device to feature a built-in QWERTY keypad and scroll dial. This single band PCS Vision Phone by Sprint also incorporates a rotating VGA-quality digital camera and is equipped with an SD expansion slot with multimedia card capabilities.

“The Hitachi G1000 is more than the sum of its parts. This combination of telecommunications, software capabilities and portable form factor provides a powerful, portable tool for today’s communications users, wherever they may be on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network,” said Shigeru Matsuoka, general manager of Mobile Information & Communication Appliance Division, Hitachi, Ltd. Ubiquitous Platforms Systems Group. “Hitachi's first-ever Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC device continues the history of innovation for which Hitachi is known and equips the user with all the tools needed to quickly gather information and take action. It truly is the type of appliance that reflects Hitachi’s desire to be a ‘Best Solutions Partner’ to our customers.”

“Today, Sprint extends our shared vision of empowering people to do more of what matters to them by staying in touch with people and information wherever they are via a single device,” said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president for the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. “The Hitachi G1000 with Windows Mobile software offers powerful mobile computing capabilities to corporations and their employees who want to leverage existing IT infrastructure, knowledge and applications through a familiar Windows experience and development tools.”

Standard Windows Mobile applications include Microsoft Pocket Excel, Outlook, Word, Windows Media Player, Microsoft ActiveSync, Inbox and MSN Messenger. Customers have easy access to thousands of other software titles based on the Windows Mobile software platform available on the PCS Software Store at http://sprint.handango.com/.

Customers will be able to take advantage of Picture MailSM to quickly and easily snap, send and share images with colleagues, friends and family using the built-in digital camera. Customers with a monthly PCS Vision Service Plan that includes Picture Mail will also be able to store photos at www.picturemail.sprintpcs.com in their own photo album.

The G1000 is equipped with several timesaving features including, voice-controlled dialing, speakerphone, and an embedded GPS chip for future location-based services. The replaceable lithium ion battery provides 2.5 hours of continuous talk time and seven days of standby time. The G1000 is also packaged with a USB cradle, AC adapter, AC cable, travel charger and soft case with belt clip.

Sprint Announces Nationwide Availability of the First Pocket PC with Integrated Camera, Built-in Keyboard and Wireless Phone

When combined with PCS Business ConnectionSM Enterprise Edition, the Hitachi G1000 is a formidable resource for companies. The network-based solution for wireless corporate email allows employees to quickly and easily access their email, calendar, company directory and personal contacts in real-time from any PCS Phone, wirelessly connected handheld device or laptop. This simple, cost-effective solution allows Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes users to view, reply to and delete email from their wireless devices, anywhere on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. A software-based version called PCS Business ConnectionSM Personal Edition is also available for individuals, which allows customers to download the necessary software to their desktops in a matter of minutes, without dealing with complex synchronization or hardware installation.

The G1000 will be available through multiple Sprint distribution channels including Sprint Stores, online at www.sprintpcs.com and at Sprint business channels including the PCS Direct Business Sales Force, the Sprint Business Dealer Network (SBDN), and members of the PCS Business Solutions Program indirect enterprise channel.

PCS Vision from Sprint offers advanced wireless services that keep customers wirelessly connected to the online world wherever they live, work and play. This next generation service provides improved applications through enhanced data speeds, thanks to the strength of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, built from the ground up with next-generation technology in mind.

About Sprint

Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries.  With approximately 70,000 employees worldwide and nearly $27 billion in annual revenues, 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 and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone.  Sprint provides local voice and data services in 18 states and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 340,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2002 (ended March 31, 2003) consolidated sales totaled 8,191.7 billion yen ($68.3 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at http://hitachi.com.

Media Contacts:

Suzanne Lammers
Sprint
913-762-7039
slamme01@sprintspectrum.com

Amy Schiska
Sprint
913-762-7027
aschis01@sprintspectrum.com

Gerard F. Corbett
Hitachi
650-244-7900
Gerard.corbett@hal.hitachi.com