The first CDMA phones sold on the Telecom NZ CDMA network were from Kyocera but Kyocera was dumped after the 'rapidly disassembling battery' incident which saw thousands of batteries recalled. Through the tie up with Sprint PCS; Telecom NZ started selling Sanyo phones which filled the gap vacated by Kyocera.
In Japan, Kyocera manufactures some slick mobile phones and enjoys a good relationship with KDDI. Kyocera also owns 12% of KDDI who is the second largest mobile carrier in Japan.
In the US, Kyocera Wireless sells mainly BREW (rather than JAVA) powered mobile phones which are more suited to the Verizon CDMA network rather than SprintNextel network.
In 1999 Kyocera purchased the terrestrial, CDMA mobile phone business off Qualcomm who divested itself of handset manufacturing to focus on chipsets and royalties. Kyocera Wireless in the US still employs some of the original ex-Qualcomm engineers who developed and produced the first commercial CDMA handset in 1995.
I still believe that Kyocera Wireless produced one of the best 'Smartphones' ever with the Kyocera 7135 which was a Palm OS based flip-phone. I still have one at home and I might have to connect it again for a bit of a play.
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