New Sierra Wireless USB modem now available for the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network

    The USB 598 modem by Sierra Wireless offers a new compact, ultra stylish
    design with expandable storage and GPS capabilities in a device that is
    simple to set up and use

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
announced the launch of the Sierra Wireless USB 598 with service on the Sprint
Mobile Broadband Network. Available exclusively from Sprint as the Sprint
Mobile Broadband USB Modem 598U by Sierra Wireless, this new USB modem offers
a convenient and reliable mobile solution that allows subscribers to connect
to email and online applications as efficiently as they do at the office or at
    The 598U by Sierra Wireless is optimized for the Sprint Mobile Broadband
Network, and supports EV-DO Rev. A technology where available. The Sprint
Mobile Broadband Network offers average download speeds between 600 kilobits
per second (kbps) and 1.4 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds average
350 to 500 kbps. Users only need a few seconds to email a presentation to a
client, send a report to a professor, update a travel blog, or share photos
online, from anywhere on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
    The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem 598U allows subscribers to replace
their hardwired landline DSL service without the worry of finding a Wi-Fi hot
spot, and save money by going completely wireless. This device is also fully
backward compatible with EV-DO Rev. 0 and 1XRTT technology for use in areas
where EV-DO Rev. A is not yet available.
    "With so many mobile broadband devices available today, people are
looking for a device that will provide more than just the basics. We are
pleased to join forces with Sprint to deliver that to customers," said Dan
Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. "The
598U by Sierra Wireless offers enhanced GPS support, microSD card storage and
transfer capabilities, along with high speed wireless connectivity via
Sprint's Mobile Broadband Network, all in a brand new lighted design that is
compact, durable, and visually appealing."
    With enhanced GPS support, 598U customers enjoy simultaneous access to
navigation and location applications, as well as additional information such
as movie and restaurant reviews to help enrich their GPS experience.
    To make it even more useful on-the-go, the 598U by Sierra Wireless
includes a microSD(TM) expansion slot supporting memory cards up to 32 GB for
convenient back up storage or file transfer, so users can carry high
resolution images, large music files, presentations and other necessary
documents with them wherever they go and share them as needed.
    The 598U by Sierra Wireless incorporates a new innovative design with
graphics that light up when the device is inserted into a laptop. Sprint's
SmartView(SM) automatic installation software, available for both Mac and PC
users, installs directly from the modem the very first time it is inserted,
and enables hands-free activation on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network,
making it quick and easy to get up and running.
    The 598U by Sierra Wireless is now available in all Sprint retail
locations including 1-800-Sprint1 and When purchased online,
the card is free with a 2-year agreement. Details regarding coverage of the
Sprint Mobile Broadband Network are available online at

    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

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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.

    "SmartView" is a trademark of Sprint. Other product or service names
    mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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For further information:

For further information: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604)
232-1445, Email:

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