Sierra Wireless, Inc.

Sierra Wireless, Inc.

March 14, 2005 09:30 ET

CellStar Adds Three New Sierra Wireless Products For Distribution




MARCH 14, 2005 - 09:30 ET

CellStar Adds Three New Sierra Wireless Products For

14, 2005) - CellStar Corporation (NASDAQ:CLST), a value-added wireless
logistics services leader, and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR)(TSX:SW)
today announced that CellStar will add three new products to its Sierra
Wireless product lineup for distribution in North America.

CellStar will begin distributing Sierra Wireless' newest additions to
its AirCard® product line - the AirCard 580 for use on CDMA 1x EV-DO
networks and the AirCard 775 for use on EDGE networks-both of which
deliver high-speed wireless data connectivity to road warriors. In
addition, the company will distribute the Sierra Wireless MP 775 GPS, a
rugged in-vehicle modem for use in public safety, field service, and
transportation industries.

"Our customers demand world-class, cutting-edge products for business
customers. These three mobile solutions from Sierra Wireless will help
meet the growing demand for robust, on-the-road wireless data access,"
said Maria Hernandez, vice president, product development for CellStar.

"CellStar provides significant value to our company, as they bring our
products to their extensive U.S.-wide network of resellers and dealers,"
said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, worldwide sales for Sierra
Wireless. "Because of their strong industry relationships and turnkey
offerings, the company delivers quality product solutions that meet the
needs of today's enterprise customer."

CellStar also distributes Sierra Wireless' AirCard 555 CDMA 1x PC Card
and its Voq Professional Phone™, a Windows Mobile™ based
Smartphone for use on global GSM/GPRS networks.

AirCard 580

The AirCard 580 wireless wide area network card operates on a CDMA2000
1x EV-DO network. Offering average user speeds of 300 to 500 kilobits
per second (kbps), it was built for mobile users that require instant,
high-speed access to mission-critical enterprise applications such as
sales force automation and customer relationship management tools, as
well as streaming audio, video and the Internet. The product enables
mobile professionals to extend their corporate experience outside the
office with "always on" access in a Type II PC Card format, improving
productivity and giving enterprise users a vital competitive advantage
while traveling or meeting with customers.

AirCard 775

With quad-band operation that enables worldwide roaming, the AirCard 775
provides anywhere-access to EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks. About the size
of a credit card, the AirCard 775 allows for wireless access to the
Internet and corporate networks at speeds up to three times faster than
on GPRS networks. Ideal for mobile professionals who are heavy data
users, the AirCard 775 allows users to transfer data at speeds averaging
between 100 and 130 kbps, with bursts up to 200 kbps.


The MP 775 GPS is designed for use in public safety, field service, and
transportation industries and includes an integrated GPS module for
vehicle tracking. Built for demanding environments and worldwide
connectivity, the quad-band MP 775 GPS operates in extreme temperatures
(-40C to +75C) and meets U.S. Military and Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE) J1455 specifications for vibration, shock, drop, splash,
and humidity.

Resellers interested in purchasing Sierra Wireless products from
CellStar, please call 1-800-530-4664.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless is a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless
solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and
lifestyle. Sierra Wireless develops and markets the AirCard, the
industry-leading wireless PC card line for portable computers; embedded
modules for OEM wireless applications; the MP line of rugged
vehicle-mounted connectivity solutions; and Voq, a line of mobile phones
with easy-to-use, secure software solutions for mobile professionals.
For more information about Sierra Wireless please visit

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,
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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.

About CellStar Corporation

CellStar Corporation is a leading global provider of value-added
logistics services to the wireless communications industry, with
operations primarily in the Asia-Pacific, North American and Latin
American regions. CellStar facilitates the effective and efficient
distribution of handsets, related accessories and other wireless
products from leading manufacturers to network operators, agents,
resellers, dealers and retailers. CellStar also provides activation
services in some of its markets that generate new subscribers for
wireless carriers. For the year ended November 30, 2003, the Company
generated revenues of $1.8 billion. Additional information about
CellStar may be found on its Web site at

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements, as defined in the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. A variety of risk
factors, including the Company's ability to implement its business
strategies, to maintain its channels of distribution, continue to secure
an adequate supply of competitive products on a timely basis and on
commercially reasonable terms, improve its operating margins, secure
adequate financial resources, maintain an adequate system of internal
control, comply with debt covenants, and continually turn its
inventories and accounts receivable, as well as changes in foreign laws,
regulations and tariffs, new technologies, system implementation
difficulties, competition, handset shortages or overages, terrorist
acts, a decline in consumer confidence and continued economic weakness
in the U.S. and other countries in which the Company does business and
other risk factors, are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form
10-K and most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Any one, or a
combination of these risk factors could cause CellStar's actual results
to vary materially from anticipated results or other expectations
expressed in the Company's forward-looking statements.


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