San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless Corp. announced that it will begin making GSM mobile phone handsets. The technology embedded in the four new handsets take its name from Groupe Speciale Mobile, a European standard for cell phone communication.
The move is a departure for the company, which has built its phones using a competing standard called CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), a technology heavily influenced by San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. Kyocera’s mobile phone business was actually started by Qualcomm.
Kyocera introduced the models at a Las Vegas wireless trade show on April 1. The phones are initially intended for Latin American markets.
Kyocera said in a news release that many Latin American network operators have changed their networks from CDMA to GSM.
, Brad Graves