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Sierra Wireless USB 598 Now Available For Use On The Verizon Wireless Network

Compact, eye-catching USB stick provides fast, reliable Internet access on the Verizon Wireless network after going through Verizon Wireless' open development program

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March 31, 2009

Sharlene Myers
Sierra Wireless
smyers@sierrawireless.com  
604-232-1445

LAS VEGAS, NV — Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced that the Sierra Wireless USB 598 is compatible with the Verizon Wireless network after going through the wireless leader’s open development program. The Sierra Wireless USB 598 is now available for purchase through Brightpoint, Brightstar, and www.sierrawireless.com/estore.  

The Sierra Wireless USB 598 incorporates a compact, eye-catching lighted design and serves as a practical alternative to hotspots for digital nomads who need quick Internet access to download a presentation from the backseat of a taxi or to send photos from a park. Using the Verizon Wireless network, customers can download a 1 MB file in approximately eight seconds, or upload it in less than 13 seconds. The Sierra Wireless USB 598 supports EV-DO Rev. A technology, providing average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. With an expandable microSD™ memory slot, the Sierra Wireless USB 598 can also serve as a backup storage device for important files, and a convenient tool to transfer and share photos.

“Verizon Wireless is committed to encouraging innovation and expanding the choices for mobile broadband customers,” said Tony Lewis, vice president of open development at Verizon Wireless. “Adding the Sierra Wireless USB 598 to the wide range of devices that are compatible with the Verizon Wireless network provides a new option for accessing the most reliable wireless 3G data network in the country.”

“We are pleased that the Sierra Wireless USB 598 is compatible with the Verizon Wireless network after going through the Verizon Wireless open development program,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “The Sierra Wireless USB 598 offers fast, reliable wireless connectivity from a notebook computer to simplify life on-the-go for mobile professionals and digital nomads.”

Verizon Wireless’ open development program is designed to offer businesses and consumers the ability to use wireless devices, software, and applications not offered by the company on its nationwide wireless network. It is driven by the company’s desire to encourage innovation, give customers new wireless choices, and quickly address opportunities to expand the wireless market.

Sierra Wireless USB 598

  • Potential data speeds of 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and 1.8 Mbps on the uplink.
  • TRU-Install™ software installation technology steps first-time users through quick installation of the drivers and full software client directly from the modem, with no CD required.
  • microSD™ slot allows for convenient storage and transfer of photos and other information between your laptop and your phone or another computer.
  • Convenient, flexible usage options, including a laptop clip and an extension cable to allow the modem to be clipped to the notebook display.
  • TRU-Diversity™ – Sierra Wireless’s patent-pending design that maximizes data performance for the fastest speed, strongest signal and most stable connection possible. · Sierra Wireless Watcher™ connection manager installs directly from the device and offers an intuitive dashboard that provides status, performance, and network information.

Where to Purchase
Brightpoint and Brightstar are the official distribution partners for the Sierra Wireless USB 598 modem. For more information on the Sierra Wireless USB 598 modem, contact:

Enterprise customers interested in purchasing the Sierra Wireless USB 598 modem, please contact your Sierra Wireless sales representative, visit www.sierrawireless.com, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by phone at (604) 232-1488 or by email at sales@sierrawireless.com.  Individual purchases can also be processed through the Sierra Wireless eStore at www.sierrawireless.com/estore.  

A demonstration of the Sierra Wireless USB 598 modem will be available this week at CTIA Wireless 2009, held April 1 to 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. To learn more about the availability of the Sierra Wireless USB 598 and the Verizon Wireless Open Development Program, please drop by to visit at #6015 or stop by the Sierra Wireless booth at #6538 in Central Hall 4.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless USB 598, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/USB598.aspx.  

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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) modems and software connect people and systems to mobile broadband networks around the world. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, specialized vertical industry, and machine-to-machine markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.  

“TRU-Install,” “TRU-Diversity,” and “Sierra Wireless Watcher” are trademarks 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.

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