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Novatel Wireless' Merlin G200 Series is One of the First GSM/GPRS PC Cards to Receive Microsoft Designed for Windows Logo

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - April 11, 2002 - Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVTL), a leading provider of wireless data access solutions, today announced it has received the Microsoft Designed for Windows Logo for Merlin G200 Series Wireless PC Card Modems. By successfully passing the Designed for Windows Logo requirements, the Merlin G200 device drivers have met a stringent set of compatibility and performance criteria defined by Microsoft Corp. to insure a great user experience under the Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating systems.

The qualification also provides Novatel Wireless with a basis in which to make subsequent reseller submissions for qualified drivers branded for their customers. Slightly larger than a credit card, the Merlin G200 Series PC Cards provide wireless Internet access on GSM and GPRS networks operating in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands.

"Novatel Wireless has worked closely with Microsoft to obtain qualification for a GSM/GPRS PC Card device," said Michael Loh, Strategic Programs Manager for Novatel Wireless. "We look forward to continuing the qualification effort for our other Merlin PC Card and Expedite devices, to help ensure the best experience possible under current and future Microsoft Windows operating systems for our carrier, PC manufacturer and OEM partners and their end users."

For more information about the Microsoft Designed for Windows Logo, please refer to the Microsoft website at For more information on Novatel Wireless products and certification efforts visit the Novatel Wireless website at


Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless data modems and software for use with handheld computing devices and portable personal computers. The company delivers innovative and comprehensive solutions that enable businesses and consumers to access personal, corporate and public information through email, enterprise networks and the Internet. Novatel Wireless also offers wireless data modems and custom engineering services for hardware integration projects in a wide range of vertical applications. The Novatel Wireless product portfolio includes the Minstrel® Family of Wireless Handheld Modems, MerlinTM Family of Wireless PC Card Modems, Sage® Wireless Serial Modems, Lancer 3WTM Family of Ruggedized Modems and ExpediteTM Family of Wireless Embedded Modems. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: NVTL). For more information, please visit the Novatel Wireless web site: or call 888-888-9231.

The Novatel Wireless logo, Minstrel, Merlin, Merlin G100, Sage, Lancer 3W and Expedite are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Minstrel and Sage are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other brands, products and company names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective holders.

In Regards to Novatel Wireless: This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include risks relating to international sales and potential foreign currency exchange fluctuations, technological changes, increased levels of competition, continued acceptance of Novatel Wireless' products and dependence on intellectual property rights. These factors, as well as other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, are discussed in more detail in Novatel Wireless' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies.

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