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Virgin Mobile USA and UTStarcom See Nothing But Blue Skies for New Super Slice Handset Featuring Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology

WARREN, N.J. and HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Mobile
USA customers will soon be feeling blue -- but for all the right reasons.
That's because the no annual contract wireless network and handset supplier
UTStarcom Personal Communications, a division of UTStarcom, Inc.
(Nasdaq: UTSI), have introduced Virgin Mobile's first Bluetooth(R) wireless
technology-enabled handset -- the Super Slice.

Virgin Mobile USA and UTStarcom See Nothing But Blue Skies for New Super Slice Handset Featuring Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology
Virgin Mobile USA and UTStarcom See Nothing But Blue Skies for New Super Slice Handset Featuring Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology

Next Generation of Super-Skinny, Affordable Handset Offers Virgin Mobile's First Bluetooth(R) Wireless Capabilities

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The next generation of last year's highly popular Slice, this Super Slice
is a trim, candy bar-style handset that boasts one of the country's slimmest
profiles in the no annual contract wireless arena, at 0.4 inches thin. The
Super Slice is also Virgin Mobile's first Bluetooth(R) wireless technology-
enabled handset, giving customers new levels of flexibility and convenience.
Priced at an affordable introductory price of $59.99 and equipped with a VGA
camera with 3x zoom and numerous other features, the Super Slice will be
available in mid-September at Virgin Mobile's participating retail partners as
well as online at

'Giving our customers new features that work for their lifestyle is always
top-of-mind for our team. And Bluetooth(R) wireless is one of the functions
our customers were most interested in,' said
Dan Schulman, CEO of Virgin
Mobile USA. 'The combination of a super-light and super-thin profile, the
flexibility of Bluetooth(R) technology, the convenience of a 3X zoom camera,
and a competitive price point make this new Super Slice another appealing
offer for our entire base.'

'Super Slice is not only practical and affordable, but also offers popular
extras and a stylish look,' said
Philip Christopher, president of UTStarcom
Personal Communications. 'We believe this Virgin Mobile handset has ideal
features for Virgin Mobile's more than 4.8 million customers. We are proud of
this new update to the already popular Slice.'

The Super Slice comes with pre-loaded games and is powered by a strong
Lithium Ion battery with up to 270 minutes of continuous talk time (4.5 hours)
and stand-by time of 230 hours. It measures just 0.4 inches deep with a
height of 4.4' and width of 1.9' -- about the width of a standard business
card. Super Slice is light on the pocket as well as the wallet, weighing a
mere 2.5 ounces.

In addition to Bluetooth(R) wireless technology, Super Slice has a built-
in speaker phone for hands-free talking and can access Virgin Mobile's
exclusive music information database, Headliner. The company's new dynamic
and intuitive user interface is also on this new handset.

The Super Slice utilizes Qualcomm's CMX(TM)-enabled ring tones and
screensavers, which support popular audio (MIDI, QCP, MP3, PMD, CMX) and image
(PNG, JPG, GIF87, BMP) formats, all of which can be viewed on this new
edition's bright display screen. Virgin Mobile customers can download an
array of real-music ringtones, games, screensavers and more at

About Virgin Mobile USA, LLC

The nation's leading wireless youth provider, Virgin Mobile USA offers
more than 4.8 million customers with control, flexibility and choice in
wireless service, rich data content and innovative products without annual
contracts. Voice pricing plans range from monthly options with unlimited
nights and weekends to by-the-minute offers, allowing consumers to adjust how
and what they pay according to their needs. Virgin Mobile's full slate of
smart, stylish and affordable handsets, including the popular Switch_Back and
Slice, are available at top retailers in more than 35,000 locations nationwide
and online at, with Top-Up cards available at more
than 130,000 locations.

Virgin Mobile USA's national coverage is powered by the nationwide Sprint
PCS network and the company, which launched in 2002, is a joint venture
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Sprint Nextel. Virgin Mobile
contributes 5% of profits from downloadable content to The RE*Generation, its
pro-social initiative to help homeless teens, through donations to charitable
partners or funding of programs that support and raise awareness for young
people in need; and provides postage-paid return envelopes in every new
package for customers to recycle old phones.

About UTStarcom Personal Communications

UTStarcom Personal Communications is changing the way the world
communicates through innovative wireless devices that deliver advanced
communications solutions to improve personal lifestyles.

UTStarcom Personal Communications provides wireless communications devices
including handsets, PocketPCs and wireless broadband modems to carriers
throughout North and South America and supplies every CDMA carrier in the U.S.
and Canada. The company's products are manufactured by its parent company,
UTStarcom, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI), and by third-party original equipment
manufacturers. UTStarcom Personal Communications Division is based in
Hauppauge, New York, and maintains offices and support facilities throughout
the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Korea and India.

UTStarcom, Inc. is a global leader in IP access networking solutions and
international service and support. The company sells its wireline, wireless,
optical and switching solutions to operators around the world. Founded in 1991
and headquartered in Alameda, California, the company has research and design
operations in New Jersey, China, and India.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995

The statements contained in this press release that are not purely
historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of
the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements
regarding UTStarcom's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies
regarding the future and including, without limitation, the anticipated
functionality, features and style of, and benefits and affordability to users
of, the Super Slice; the rapidly changing nature of the telecommunications
market; and changes in government regulations of the handset industry.

All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon
information available to UTStarcom as of the date hereof, and UTStarcom
assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-
looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual
results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and other risks
relating to UTStarcom's business are set forth in the documents filed by
UTStarcom with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically its most
recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current
Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments thereto.

Bluetooth is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Bluetooth trademarks are
owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

SOURCE Virgin Mobile USA, LLC