BASKING RIDGE, NJ and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced the availability of the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 595U USB modem for use with Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service. Customers may purchase the 595U modem today online at www.verizonwireless.com and through Verizon Wireless' business sales channels. The 595U modem will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores including those in Circuit City on August 30.
Designed to provide customers access to Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized Revision A (EV-DO Rev. A) network, the AirCard 595U modem is compatible with USB ports on most notebook and desktop computers. The modem can also be connected through the included docking cradle, which provides an alternative for customers without PCMCIA card slots.
Since Verizon Wireless' entire wireless broadband network operates on advanced EV-DO Rev. A technology, BroadbandAccess customers using the AirCard 595U modem can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. With these speeds a customer can typically download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. The AirCard 595U modem comes with VZAccess Manager software, which is compatible with Windows® 2000, XP and Vista operating systems. The AirCard 595U modem also features an internal, removable battery to ensure there is always enough power support to handle peak or fringe area transmission requirements.
Pricing and AvailabilityThe AirCard 595U modem is available for $179.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement. Customers can get BroadbandAccess service for unlimited Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access for $59.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. Business customers may contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW 4 BIZ.
For more information on BroadbandAccess from Verizon Wireless and the AirCard 595U modem, visit www.verizonwireless.com/broadbandaccess.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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.
About Sierra WirelessSierra Wireless modems and software connect people all over the world with mobile broadband networks that keep them in touch, informed, and productive from wherever they need to be. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, machine-to-machine, and specialized vertical industry markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. With 2006 revenues of $221 million, Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR TSX: SW) is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada with additional offices in Carlsbad and Hayward, California; London; and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
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