Sierra Wireless AirCard® 850 now available to sunrise customers in Switzerland

sunrise is the first Swiss network operator to offer the premium wireless data card for super-fast 3G networks, delivering fast data speeds and global roaming capabilities
Vancouver, British Columbia and Zürich, Switzerland -December 07, 2005

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) and sunrise today announced that the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 850 is now available from sunrise for use on the company’s UMTS/EDGE/GPRS network. sunrise, the first network operator in Switzerland to offer a combined UMTS/EDGE/GPRS solution that enables the best available service while roaming, is offering the AirCard 850 wireless wide area network card to customers for only CHF 1. (approximately $1 USD) when subscribing to a 24-month contract.

Ideal for mobile professionals who need access from their laptop computers to email, SMS messages, the Internet, and corporate network applications while working outside the office, the new AirCard 850 card delivers the latest in 3G wireless data technology. Out of the box, the AirCard 850 is fully functional on HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS networks. The AirCard 850 utilizes the 2100 MHz UMTS frequency band and offers average data rates of 500 to 800 kbps, with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps on an HSDPA network*. Ideal for frequent travelers, the AirCard 850 enables international roaming on HSDPA and UMTS networks across Europe, and on all four EDGE and GPRS frequency bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz) used worldwide. The AirCard 850 wireless WAN card is a Type II PC Card with a slim, unextended design, allowing users to conveniently store the unit inside the laptop.

"We are proud to be the first provider in Switzerland to offer the Sierra Wireless AirCard 850 PC card to our customers. For sunrise, customer experience comes first. Being able to use a single card without having to worry about what kind of network coverage there is, simplifies our customers’ lives and adds to the positive customer experience," said Kurt Lüscher, COO mobile, sunrise.

"The AirCard 850 represents the leading edge of 3G data technology, allowing mobile users to work efficiently even with data-heavy applications and online data accessed through a corporate VPN," said Jim Lahey, Vice President, EMEA for Sierra Wireless. "We are pleased to collaborate with sunrise to offer customers in Switzerland a practical tool to help improve their mobile productivity."

The AirCard 850 wireless network card is available in all sunrise city centers and online at

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 850, please visit, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing [email protected].

* Subject to network availability and conditions.

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sunrise is the leading independent telecommunications provider in Switzerland. Over 2.2 million customers enjoy the benefits of sunrise mobile, fixed network, and Internet services. The nationwide GSM dualband network provides cutting-edge mobile services to over 99% of the population. A wide range of high-quality voice and data services are provided via a high-performance fiber optic network with a total length of more than 7000 kilometers. As a founding member of the Starmap Mobile Alliance, an association of leading European mobile communications providers, sunrise offers its customers access to first-class services even while they are abroad. sunrise is the brand name of TDC Switzerland AG. The TDC Group owns 100% of the share capital of TDC Switzerland AG. 

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless is a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and lifestyle. Sierra Wireless develops and markets the AirCard, the industry-leading wireless PC card line for portable computers; embedded modules for OEM wireless applications; and the MP line of rugged vehicle-mounted connectivity solutions. For more information about Sierra Wireless please visit

"AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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