Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless offer the AirCard(R) 595 PC card for use with Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service Designed for use with future EV-DO Revision A networks, the AirCard 595

offers Verizon Wireless customers a future-ready solution to take advantage

of network upgrades



    BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and VANCOUVER, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -
 Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
 announced that the Sierra Wireless AirCard(R) 595 PC card for EV-DO
 Revision A networks is now commercially available for use with Verizon
 Wireless' BroadbandAccess service. This is the first EV-DO Revision
 A-compatible PC card to launch on the Verizon Wireless network, and is
 available on-line and through Verizon Wireless business customer sales
 channels. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 PC card will be in Verizon
 Wireless communications stores by mid January.
     EV-DO Revision A, an enhancement to Verizon Wireless' current EV-DO
 network, will offer improved data speeds, particularly for users sending
 large files like presentations or photos over their wireless connection.
 The AirCard 595 PC card is also fully compatible with Verizon Wireless'
 current EV-DO and CDMA 1X networks, so customers purchasing the card will
 be able to take advantage of the benefits of Revision A when and where it
 becomes available. A simple over-the-air download will expand the
 capabilities of the card to accommodate Rev A speeds.
     "We are pleased to collaborate again with Verizon Wireless in
 delivering the newest EV-DO technology to its customers," said Dan
 Schieler, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless.
 "EV-DO Revision A promises significant benefits to mobile data customers -
 enabling new applications that involve the creation of higher bandwidth
 content on the laptop and sending it to colleagues or clients while mobile.
 With the AirCard 595 card, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to take
 full advantage of the new technology as soon as it is available."
     The AirCard 595 PC card is available for $99.99 after a $50 rebate with
 a new two year customer agreement online at www.verizonwireless.com.
 Business customers can contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales
 Representative directly at 1-800-VZW 4 BIZ.
     For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with a new or existing
 voice plan can get unlimited BroadbandAccess service for Internet browsing,
 e-mail and intranet access for $59.99 monthly access. A new two-year
 customer agreement is required. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is
 available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer
 agreement.
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and
 data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company
 and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is
 headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The
 company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) and
 Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at
 www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video
 footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on
 to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at
 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
     Sierra Wireless AirCard 595
     The AirCard 595 is a Type II PCMCIA card that offers peak theoretical
 data transfer speeds of 3.1 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and
 1.8 Mbps on the uplink when operating on an EV-DO Revision A wireless
 network. If a customer uses the card in an area where EV-DO Revision A
 networks are not yet available, the card will seamlessly connect to EV-DO
 Release 0 and CDMA 1X networks. The fixed, robust antenna is designed for
 superior performance, delivering better coverage in fringe areas and
 improved notebook battery life.
     For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 wireless
 wide area PC card for EV-DO Revision A networks, please visit
 http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/ac595.aspx. To contact the Sierra
 Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 604-232-1488 or email
 sales@sierrawireless.com.
     Note to editors:
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     To view and download images of Sierra Wireless products, please visit
 http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/photos.aspx.
     About Sierra Wireless
     Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) develops and markets reliable,
 high quality wireless communications products that provide mobile
 professionals with data and voice access to wide area wireless networks.
 The Sierra Wireless product portfolio includes the award-winning AirCard(R)
 line of wireless modems, embedded modules for original equipment
 manufacturers (OEMs), and the MP line of rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless
 modems. Sierra Wireless also offers professional services to OEM customers
 during product development, leveraging the company's expertise in wireless
 design and integration to provide built-in wireless connectivity for
 notebook computers and other portable computing devices. Sierra Wireless is
 headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, with additional
 offices in Carlsbad, California, London, and Hong Kong. For more
 information about Sierra Wireless, please visit www.sierrawireless.com.
     "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product
 or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective
 owners.
     Forward Looking Statements
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve
 risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among
 other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our
 services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply
 conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross
 margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions,
 and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our
 expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our
 ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we
 do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in
 this press release, the words "plan", "expect", "believe", and similar
 expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements
 reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and
 uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and
 changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many
 risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications
 market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the
 forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be
 realized.
     CONTACT: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604) 232-1445, Email:
 smyers@sierrawireless.com; Brenda Boyd Raney, Verizon Wireless, Phone:
 (908) 559-7518, Email: Brenda.raney@verizonwireless.com
 
 

SOURCE Sierra Wireless, Inc.

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