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Sprint PCS Phone SCP-5000 by Sanyo is First Mobile Phone in U.S. with Full-Color Screen

Sprint PCS and Sanyo Fisher Company today announced the nationwide availability of the Sprint PCS Phone SCP-5000 by Sanyo, a compact, clamshell-design handset featuring the first full-color screen on a mobile phone marketed in the United States. The large, two-inch (measured diagonally), 256-color display has backlighting for exceptional readability, enhancing the user’s Sprint PCS Wireless Web experience — making it easier than ever to read email messages and make menu selections. Up to 20 digital color photos of family, friends, or business associates can be downloaded, then synchronized with phone book entries, providing an onscreen “Photo Caller ID” for select incoming calls.

The phone, which also offers one-touch Sprint PCS Wireless Web access, voice-activated dialing, menu-driven navigation and a convenient external Caller ID screen, is available for $499.99 at Sprint Stores and other participating retailers within the Sprint PCS 100-percent digital, 100-percent PCS nationwide wireless network.

“With the first full-color screen and downloadable images in the U.S., customers will immediately notice that the Sprint PCS SCP-5000 successfully integrates an innovative, full-color display into a compact and easy-to-use handset,” said Charles Levine, president of Sprint PCS. “With one-touch Sprint PCS Wireless Web access in addition to the full-color screen, Sprint PCS and Sanyo have created a mobile tool with style to spare.”

“As with our previous models, the SCP-5000 was designed especially for use on the digital Sprint PCS nationwide network,” said Atsushi Kodera, vice president, general manager of Sanyo Fisher Company’s Communications/Information Technology Division. “Our ongoing relationship with Sprint PCS has inspired us to create our most innovative phone — one that offers an uncompromising user interface with its color screen.”

Consumers can personalize their phone experience by downloading up to 20 digital color images, plus up to five images reserved for use as wallpaper. Photo Caller ID allows the downloaded photographs to be linked with address book entries, letting users see who’s calling. In addition, Call Screening acts like a home answering machine, enabling the user to decide whether or not to take the call while a supplied or user-recorded announcement greets the caller.

The Sprint PCS Phone SCP 5000 was designed with ergonomic comfort, convenience and navigation in mind. The “Web” button, located left of the navigation key, offers one-step convenience and simplicity when accessing the Sprint PCS Wireless Web. Access to Sprint PCS e-mail accounts can also be easily achieved by simply pressing the left “soft key.” For selecting the majority of menu options, the thumb-operable navigation key offers mouse-like speed and convenience.

When the clamshell is closed, the external screen is useful to identify incoming calls or missed calls. Additionally, this display indicates the battery level, new voice memos, local time and new messages. An external LED (green/red) blinks green when there are incoming calls and blinks red to indicate received messages, voicemail, etc.

Complementing the sleek, ultra-compact design of the phone is its exceptionally thin (3/16-inch) Lithium Ion standard battery (included) which offers two hours of digital talk time or 120 hours of digital standby time. An optional high-capacity Lithium Ion battery can provide five hours of digital talk time or 12 days of digital standby time.

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