Original press release dated July 21, 1998: NEW YORK, NY.,
- July 21, 1998
-- Striving to meet the demanding needs
of North American digital phone consumers, Motorola's Personal Communications Sector
announced its intention today to offer both CDMA and TDMA digital wireless phones to
cellular service providers in the fourth quarter, 1998. Phones designed in both technology
platforms are currently undergoing testing to help ensure that all stringent quality levels
and system performance are achieved prior to commercial shipment.
The ST7760 800 MHz CDMA/AMPS digital phone and the ST7790 800 MHz TDMA/AMPS IS136 digital
phone are among the smallest and lightest digital phones in the world. Both new digital
StarTAC phones incorporate a variety of easy-to-use features that consumers can rely upon
for optimal performance in both their professional and personal needs, while still maintaining
style, weight, and generous talk times.
"We are pleased to announce the impending commercial availability of both our CDMA and TDMA
digital StarTAC phones," said Fred Kuznik, President of Motorola's Personal Communications
Sector and Motorola Executive Vice President. "Demand for digital StarTAC phones
has been strong, and we recognize the need to provide consumers with the products they
want when they want them. We can say with confidence that these new StarTAC digital
phones will certainly meet and exceed consumer expectations."
Weighing as little as 3.7 ounces, the ST7760 CDMA StarTAC phone provides talk times+ from 90 - 250
minutes or digital standby times+ from 40 - 120 hours. Key phone features include: a full matrix,
graphic display providing a variety of viewing options; and variable font sizes so phone numbers
appear in large, easy-to-read text while incoming text messages appear in a smaller font so more
of the message may be viewed. The ST7760 phone also offers VibraCallTM Alert, Internal Charger,
Headset Capability, Caller ID*, Voice Mail Icon*, and Text Messaging*.
The ST7790 TDMA StarTAC phone weighs as little as 3.6 ounces and offers outstanding battery
performance providing from 60 to 250 minutes of talk time+ or from 30 - 110 hours of digital
standby time+. Key phone features include: a unique, 20 character display with a 10 character
scrolling line and a 10 character status line allowing users to receive and store up to 30 messages.
The ST7790 TDMA StarTAC phone also offers several features such as VibraCallTM alert,
internal charger, headset capability, Authentication*, multi-key answer, voice encryption*,
automatic redial, distinctive ringing*, Caller ID*, Short Message Service* (SMS),
nine ringer style settings, one button callback*, Turbo DialTM keys, speed dialing and
message waiting indicator.
An array of optional Motorola OriginalTM accessories have been designed to help consumers take
full advantage of their phone's functionality including an assortment of batteries, desktop and
in-vehicle chargers, digital hands-free adapters and data accessories for Motorola's digital
CDMA and TDMA StarTAC phones.
Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors,
and advanced electronic systems, components, and services. Major equipment businesses include
cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications,
automotive, defense and space electronics and computers. Motorola semiconductors power
communication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's 1997 sales were $29.8 billion.
* Network and subscription dependent features - may not be available in all areas
+ All times are approximate and depend on battery used, configuration, signal strength and features selected