Sierra Wireless, Inc.

Sierra Wireless, Inc.

March 03, 2005 09:00 ET

Sprint Begins Offering EV-DO-Ready Sprint PCS Connection Card'TM' by Sierra Wireless to Business Customers




MARCH 3, 2005 - 09:00 ET

Sprint Begins Offering EV-DO-Ready Sprint PCS
Connection Card'TM' by Sierra Wireless to Business

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS--(CCNMatthews - March 3, 2005) - Sprint (NYSE:FON)
and Sierra Wireless (TSX:SW)(NASDAQ:SWIR) -

Sprint PCS Connection Card™ by Sierra Wireless (AirCard® 580) to
provide EV-DO connectivity for mobile professionals once coverage is
available from Sprint

Sprint (NYSE:FON) and Sierra Wireless (TSX:SW)(NASDAQ:SWIR) today
announced that the Sprint PCS Connection Card by Sierra Wireless
(AirCard 580) is now available for sale through Sprint business sales
channels. Designed to operate on CDMA 1xEV-DO (Evolution, Data
Optimized) and 1xRTT networks, the AirCard 580 by Sierra Wireless will
support broadband-like speeds when Sprint launches EV-DO service later
this year and is backwards compatible to 1xRTT speeds in areas where
Sprint EV-DO coverage is not available.

The card will enable average user speeds of 300-500 kbps and peak rates
of up to 2.4 Mbps in EV-DO coverage areas. Today, Sprint customers using
the Sprint PCS Connection Card can achieve speeds averaging 50 to 70
kbps, with peak speeds of up to 144 kbps.

Customers can use the Sprint PCS Connection Card in conjunction with a
laptop computer running Windows® 2000, XP or Tablet XP and a PCMCIA
Type II PC Card slot to remotely view graphic-intensive Internet sites,
send and receive email with sizable attachments, and access other
data-intensive corporate applications.

"Our business customers want technology solutions that increase
productivity, reduce costs and create a competitive advantage for their
mobile workforce," said Harry Campbell, president - Emerging and Mid
Markets, Sprint Business Solutions. "Sprint is addressing these needs by
delivering superior data solutions and will continue to do so as we
provide EV-DO service later this year."

Mobile professionals also will receive added value in several design and
operation features of the card including the "flip-up" vertically
polarized antenna that maximizes signal sensitivity and coverage and the
32-bit CardBus interface (3.3v) that minimizes drain on laptop
batteries. The card comes packaged with easy-to-install and easy-to-use
software, which manages the user's connection to the packet data network.

"Sierra Wireless is pleased to continue our relationship with Sprint to
deliver complete solutions that improve enterprise communications," said
Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Sierra
Wireless. "Mobile workers who require remote connectivity with laptops
to access email and other business-critical information will reap great
benefits with the high-speed network data speeds the AirCard 580 by
Sierra Wireless provides via the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network today and
in the future."

The AirCard 580 by Sierra Wireless is being sold through Sprint business
channels, including the Sprint direct sales force and the Sprint Partner
Program, for a suggested retail price of $299.99. Service plans for the
device currently range from $40 a month for 20 megabytes of data up to
$80 per month for unlimited megabytes of data. Sprint plans to announce
service plan pricing for it EV-DO service in the near future and plans
to make the EV-DO-ready connection cards available in other channels,
including Sprint Stores, later this year. For more information about the
AirCard 580 by Sierra Wireless visit

Sprint, the leader in wireless data services, plans to provide EV-DO
service in several major markets across the nation by mid-year with
broader metropolitan-area coverage by the end of 2005.

About Sprint

Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products
and solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct
bundles. A Fortune 100 company with more than $26 billion in annual
revenues in 2003, Sprint is widely recognized for developing,
engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies,
including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic
network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone; and the largest
100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United
States. For more information, visit

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 Professional Phone, a
line of mobile phones with easy-to-use, secure software solutions for
mobile professionals. For more information about Sierra Wireless please

"AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. "Voq
Professional Phone" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless, Inc. Other
product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
respective owners.

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among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement
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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
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