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Verizon Wireless to Launch Shock and Water Resistant Verizon Wireless G'zOne Type-V Rugged Phone

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and ALAMEDA, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon
Wireless, owner of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and UTStarcom,
Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), exclusive North American distributor of G'zOne, today
announced the online availability on October 20 of the Verizon Wireless G'zOne
Type-V -- a phone built to withstand harsh environmental conditions and
provides reliable performance for customers with outdoor lifestyles.
Exclusively available through Verizon Wireless in the United States, the
G'zOne Type-V is compliant to multiple Military Standards including exposure
to temperatures in excess of 140 degrees F, extreme vibration, solar
radiation, conditions set to simulate storm conditions of two inches of
rainfall per hour with high winds and submersion in one meter of water.

Verizon Wireless to Launch Shock and Water Resistant Verizon Wireless G'zOne Type-V Rugged Phone
Verizon Wireless to Launch Shock and Water Resistant Verizon Wireless G'zOne Type-V Rugged Phone

G'zOne Type-V Meets U.S. Military Standards for Water Resistance, Humidity, Shock and Dust

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In addition to meeting rigorous testing standards, the G'zOne Type-V is
able to access some of the key services that Verizon Wireless customers have
grown to expect including V CAST, which gives customers access to high-quality
video clips from today's hottest content providers and 3D games right in the
palms of their hands. The phone also features a 2.0 megapixel camera so
customers can capture still and video images while on-the-go -- whether they
want a picture of the summit after a hike or the kids playing in the yard.

The G'zOne Type-V passed all of the following tests, performed in
accordance with Military Standards 810 degrees F, with all ports (battery,
headset and charging) on the phone closed and the antenna secured*:

    -- The Water Resistance test was performed in accordance with Method
       506.4, Procedure I. The G'zOne Type-V was subjected to this test with
       the handset open and closed, but with ports closed for 30 minutes on
       the front of the unit and then 30 minutes on the back of the unit. The
       test was designed to simulate rainfall of 2 inches per hour with a 40
       MPH wind.

    -- Immersion tests were conducted in accordance with Method 512.4,
       Procedure I.  The G'zOne Type-V was immersed in water for a period of
       30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter (3.28 feet), but with ports closed.

    -- The Humidity test was performed in accordance with Method 507.4.  The
       G'zOne Type-V tested for operation after the conclusion of the tenth
       cycle. Each cycle was 24 hours and the entire test was performed over
       ten days. The temperature was cycled between 86 and 140 degrees F with
       the relative humidity at 95 percent constant.

    -- The Salt Fog test was performed in accordance with Method 509.4. The
       G'zOne Type-V was subjected to 48 hours of salt solution of five parts
       by weight of Na CI in 95 parts by weight of de-ionized water with a
       chamber temperature of 95 degrees F.

    -- The Drop test was performed in accordance with Method 516.5, Procedure
       IV. The G'zOne Type-V was sequentially dropped in non-operating mode,
       onto each face, edge and corner for a total of 26 drops from a height
       of 1.50 meters (4.9 feet). The drop surface was defined as two-inch-
       thick plywood over a steel plate over concrete.

    -- The Vibration test was performed in accordance with Method 514.5,
       Procedure I, Category 24 for the non-operational condition. The G'zOne
       Type-V was clamped to an aluminum plate and subjected to the following
       levels of vibration: Non-Operational 0.04 g2 /Hz at 20-1000 Hz,
       -6 dB/Octave at 1000-2000 Hz, one hour/axis duration.

    -- The Solar Radiation test was performed in accordance with Method 505.4,
       Procedure I. The G'zOne Type-V was exposed to three 24-hour cycles with
       temperatures of 90 degrees F to 120 degrees F and solar intensities of
       1120 W/m(2).

    -- The Dust Resistance test was performed in accordance with Method 510.4,
       Procedure I. A temperature of 95 degrees F was used for this test.
       Silica flour as defined by the test standard was used.  Devices are
       given a passing grade when moving parts are not bound or blocked and if
       the unit powers on.

The G'zOne Type-V also houses a host of multimedia features, including
access to Verizon Wireless' Get It Now(R) virtual store and VZ Navigator(SM),
a tool that includes mapping, audible turn-by-turn navigation and access to
information on more than 14 million points of interest. Features of the
G'zOne Type-V from Verizon Wireless include:

    -- V CAST Video- and 3D games-capable -- download or stream video from
       the best names in news, sports, entertainment and more or download the
       latest 3D games from top providers
    -- Get It Now-capable -- download games, ring tones, wallpapers and more
    -- VZ Navigator-capable -- get audible maps, turn-by-turn directions and
       location information
    -- Mobile Web 2.0(SM)-capable -- customizable, enhanced wireless access to
       the latest in news, sports, weather and more
    -- TXT, PIX and FLIX Messaging capability -- send and receive messages
       with text, sounds, photos and videos
    -- Mobile IM -- send and receive instant messages using AOL Instant
       Messenger (AIM(R)), Yahoo! Messenger or MSN Messenger
    -- 2.0 megapixel digital camera
        - Resolution: 1200 x 1600, 960 x 1280, 480 x 640, 240 x 320, 120 x 160
        - Take 15-second FLIX videos
    -- Address book with up to 500 contacts and picture Caller ID
    -- Calendar, Alarm Clock and World Clock
    -- Calculator and Notepad
    -- Countdown Timer and Stopwatch
    -- Voice Activated Dialing
    -- Speakerphone
    -- E911 Supported
    -- Frequency: CDMA2000 1 X EV-DO, 800MHz/1900 MHz-band compatible
    -- Handset insurance available
    -- Dimensions: 4.1' h x 2.0' w x 1.1' d
    -- Weight: 5.3 ounces
    -- mAhLi-Ion Battery
    -- TTY Compatible
    -- Up to 203 minutes usage time or up to 170 hours standby time.

    Pricing and Availability

G'zOne Type-V will be available online at tomorrow
for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. The phone will be
available in more than 2,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including
stores within Circuit City, on October 23.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a
Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

    * Verizon Wireless customers should not attempt any of these performance
      tests on their wireless phones. The company does not accept
      responsibility for phones subjected to neglect, misuse, water damage,
      unreasonable wear and tear, and the phone will not be eligible for any
      return or exchange program.

    About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless
network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in
Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon
Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more
information on the Web at To preview and request
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operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

About UTStarcom, Inc.

UTStarcom is a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions
and international service and support. The company sells its broadband,
wireless, and handset solutions to operators in both emerging and established
telecommunications markets around the world. UTStarcom enables its customers
to rapidly deploy revenue-generating access services using their existing
infrastructure, while providing a migration path to cost-efficient, end-to-end
IP networks. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Alameda, California, the
company has research and design operations in the United States, Canada,
China, Korea and India. UTStarcom is a FORTUNE 1000 company.

For more information about UTStarcom, visit the company's Web site at

SOURCE Verizon Wireless