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
    

    LAS VEGAS, April 1 /CNW/ - 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(TM) 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(TM) 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(TM) 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(TM) - Sierra Wireless's patent-pending design that
        maximizes data performance for the fastest speed, strongest signal
        and most stable connection possible.
    -   Sierra Wireless Watcher(TM) 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:

    - Brightpoint at 800-952-2355 or visit online at www.brightpoint.com
    - Brightstar at 877-7BRIGHT or visit online at www.brightstarcorp.com
    

    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
No. 6015 or stop by the Sierra Wireless booth at No. 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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For further information:

For further information: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604)
232-1445, Email: smyers@sierrawireless.com

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