UTStarcom demos world's first plug-in cellular phone module at 3GSM

Also allows easy integration into portable devices such as game consoles and music players

3GSM WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 13, 2006 - UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), a global leader in IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and services, today announced that the company will demonstrate its MobileCard technology with the world's first technology independent, modular mobile phone at 3GSM World Congress 2006.

UTStarcom also announced today a licensing agreement with Tessera Technologies to use its miniaturization technology to develop modular phones.

Equivalent to the size of two SIM cards and less than 3mm thick, UTStarcom's MobileCard technology is designed to enable all the essential functions of a mobile phone. With this technology, a regular phone is reduced to a "shell," which typically consists of mechanical housing, keypad, LCD, and speakers. Consumers can simply insert the module into the "shell" to have a complete phone.
Lots of interesting possibilities!

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