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Sierra Wireless AirCard 555 Awarded Microsoft’s Designed for Windows XP Logo

Sierra Wireless AirCard 555 Awarded Microsoft’s Designed for Windows XP Logo

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 22, 2003

AirCard(R) 555 CDMA2000 1X PC Card Receives Microsoft Stamp of

Approval for Offering Mobile Users a Superior Wireless Experience

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) announced today that the AirCard(R) 555, a wide area wireless PC Card operating on CDMA2000 1X networks, has met the quality standards of Microsoft Corp.’s Designed for Windows XP Logo Program. In receiving the Designed for Windows XP Logo the AirCard 555 passed Microsoft testing as a multi-function device for both the NIC (Network Interface Card) and DUN (Dial-Up Networking) interface.

The Designed for Windows XP Logo means the AirCard 555 has successfully passed quality lab testing and met a stringent set of performance, compatibility, and technology criteria defined by Microsoft. Products with the Designed for Windows XP Logo, like the AirCard 555, ensure customers receive a superior computing experience with products that are fully compatible with the Windows XP operating system.

“The AirCard 555 is a high-performance wireless data device that has consistently met the highest industry standards. Now with the Designed for Windows XP Logo, our customers receive a superior user experience while running the Windows XP operating system,” said Jason Cohenour, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Sierra Wireless. “Sierra Wireless continues to work closely with Microsoft to ensure the mobile user has all the tools they need to stay connected and we are committed to continuing this program with our other AirCard products.”

“Microsoft is committed to working with industry leaders such as Sierra Wireless to provide innovative and reliable mobile solutions,” said Rogers Weed, Vice President of Windows Product Management at Microsoft. “A computer running Windows XP and equipped with the Sierra Wireless AirCard 555, will allow mobile professionals access to the Internet, email and enterprise applications in the most seamless and efficient way possible.”

Sierra Wireless continues to be an active member in the Microsoft Mobility Partner Advisory Council (MMPAC) to enhance the mobile user experience. Microsoft formed the council in an effort to bring the most innovative and successful solutions to market with like-minded companies investing heavily in mobility. Both companies are also committed to the WirelessReady(TM) Alliance, a program founded by Sierra Wireless that unites wireless industry-leading members in the development of complete and compelling wireless data solutions.

About the AirCard 555

The AirCard 555 wireless network card is the first dual band CDMA2000 1X PC card in North America. It has been recognized for numerous awards including an Editor’s Choice award by PC Magazine and a Best of the Tests Award from Network World for its attention to high-speed wireless voice, wide area data access, and low power consumption. A complete communications solution designed for the mobile user, the AirCard 555 slides into a laptop or PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) and offers fast wireless access to the Internet, email, and corporate applications as well as voice functionality. For more information about the AirCard 555 please visit

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless data communications products. Sierra Wireless develops and markets wireless PC Cards for portable computers, OEM modules for embedded applications, and rugged vehicle-mounted wireless systems. Sierra Wireless is the founding member of the WirelessReady(TM) Alliance, an alliance of industry-leading hardware, software, and service companies committed to the delivery of complete and compelling wireless data solutions. For more information on Sierra Wireless, please visit

“AirCard” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless, Inc. “WirelessReady” is a trademark of Sierra Wireless, Inc. All other trademarks or service marks in this news release are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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