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Kyocera’s New Handsets Mark a Departure

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.

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, Brad Graves

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