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
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
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
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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
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risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among
other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our
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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
CONTACT: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604) 232-1445, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org; Brenda Boyd Raney, Verizon Wireless, Phone:
(908) 559-7518, Email: Brenda.email@example.com
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