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UTStarcom Debuts the CDM8935, the 'Mini', with Cricket(R)

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UTStarcom Personal
Communications, a division of UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader
in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and services, announced today
that the UTStarcom CDM8935 mobile handset will be available beginning tomorrow
to Cricket customers. Named the mini, the CDM8935 is one of the smallest
wireless CDMA, Bluetooth, camera phones available in the U.S., measuring less
than four cubic inches overall. This marks the debut of the handset to
consumers, and the mini will only be available through Cricket, which is a
subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEAP).

UTStarcom Debuts the CDM8935, the 'Mini', with Cricket(R)
UTStarcom Debuts the CDM8935, the 'Mini', with Cricket(R)

Compact Mobile Handset Combines Portability and Versatility for the Right Price


The mini is available at Cricket retail stores and dealers for $179.99.
The slim, lightweight phone fits easily into the palm of your hand or front
pocket and features a built in VGA camera, speakerphone, Bluetooth Wireless
technology, text and picture messaging capabilities, and internal antenna.
The mini is data capable, supporting Cricket's Mobile Web, which allows
customers to browse news, entertainment, sports, and chat, and personalize
their handsets with the latest ringtones and graphics. The mini will also
allow customers to download games with Cricket Games & Apps.

'The mini is a cool little phone, offering full functionality, great style
and a small format at a small price,' said
Philip Christopher, president of
UTStarcom Personal Communications.

The clamshell-style, dual-mode (800/1900 MHz CDMA) mini, which weighs less
than three ounces and measures only (h) 3.3' x (w) 1.7' x (d) 0.7', truly fits
into the palm of your hand. The phone is equipped with a CMOS 310K camera and
images can be viewed on its 1.5-inch 262K Color TFT (128 x 128) main display
screen. The phone also has a one-inch 65K Color CSTN (96 x 64) exterior

'We are excited to enhance our mobile handset lineup with this unique
little phone from UTStarcom,' said
Sergio Garcia, director of device strategy
at Cricket. 'Cricket customers will now be able to get the ultimate in
portable communications.'

Additional features of the mini include text and picture messaging, voice-
activated dialing, CMX 32 polyphonic ringtones and is designed to support many
of the popular audio formats including MIDI and MP3; and popular image formats
including JPG and GIF.

About UTStarcom Personal Communications

UTStarcom Personal Communications is changing the way the world
communicates through innovative wireless devices that deliver advanced
communications solutions to improve personal lifestyles.

UTStarcom Personal Communications provides wireless communications devices
including handsets, PocketPCs and wireless broadband modems to carriers
throughout North and South America and supplies every CDMA carrier in the U.S.
and Canada. The company's products are manufactured by its parent company,
UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), and by third-party original equipment
manufacturers. UTStarcom Personal Communications Division is based in
Hauppauge, New York, and maintains offices and support facilities throughout
the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Korea and India.

UTStarcom, Inc. is a global leader in IP access networking solutions and
international service and support. The company sells its wireline, wireless,
optical and switching solutions to operators around the world. Founded in 1991
and headquartered in Alameda, California, the company has research and design
operations in New Jersey, China, and India.

About Cricket(R)

Cricket is a simple, affordable wireless service offering consumers and
local businesses a flat-rate unlimited service over the latest technology,
high-quality, all-digital CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Designed
for customers whose basic and advanced wireless needs have not been met by
traditional communications companies, Cricket is the pioneer of unlimited
services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required. Cricket
offers customers access to a variety of the latest devises and feature-rich
mobile applications such as unlimited text, instant and picture messaging,
Mobile Web, popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on
Cricket, visit Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless
International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information
on Leap, visit

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995

The statements contained in this press release that are not purely
historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of
the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements
regarding UTStarcom's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies
regarding the future and including, without limitation, the anticipated
functionality, features and style of, and benefits and affordability to users
of, the Mini; the rapidly changing nature of the telecommunications market;
and changes in government regulations of the handset industry.

All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon
information available to UTStarcom as of the date hereof, and UTStarcom
assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-
looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual
results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and other risks
relating to UTStarcom's business are set forth in the documents filed by
UTStarcom with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically its most
recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current
Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments thereto.

SOURCE UTStarcom Personal Communications