BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and VANCOUVER — Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced that the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 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 www.sierrawireless.com/product/ac595.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 604-232-1488 or email email@example.com.
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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® 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 http://www.sierrawireless.com.
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