Carlson Wireless Announces Financing Program to Help Customers Replace Costly Leased Line Fees with Reliable Microwave Links

Arcata, CA – March 9, 2009 – Carlson Wireless Technologies (Arcata CA) is excited to announce that it has partnered with U.S. Commerce Equipment Finance, L.L.C. to provide financing for the purchase of Carlson's TrailblazerTM leased line and telephone line replacement radios. Trailblazer radios create reliable microwave links often used in place of wired leased telephone lines, and are available in the unlicensed 5.x and licensed public safety 4.9 GHz frequency bands.

Leased line service for a single leased line provided by a telephone company can average up to $800 per month. Many agencies lease multiple lines, racking up thousands of dollars in monthly fees. The average cost of a Trailblazer lease line replacement system is less than $7,500 per link; however, even this modest upfront capital investment can sometimes be too much for a municipality or business to afford. This is why Carlson Wireless and U.S. Commerce Equipment Finance developed the "lease-to-own your own leased line" program, making it possible for an agency to eliminate monthly leased line payments in as little as 24 to 48 months without negatively impacting their existing budgets.

"While we have seen interest from agencies planning to utilize anticipated Stimulus Package funding, there are still many others who cannot avail of that resource," said Larry Goldberg, Director of Sales with Carlson Wireless. "Even so, budgets are getting tighter and tighter, and it has become critical for departments to find ways to reduce recurring costs like leased lines. By purchasing or financing a microwave replacement, these monthly costs can be significantly reduced or even eliminated."

Public safety agencies often use leased lines to provide permanent voice and data connectivity for essential communications. Often these lines are susceptible to storm damage causing catastrophic failure of crucial communication services. Carlson Wireless exclusive TrueTDMTM technology TrailblazerTM radios provide reliable Carrier Class/wireline quality of service without many of the potential weather- or terrain-related complications.

"We are happy to be working with U.S. Commerce Equipment Finance, L.L.C.. Their reputation for great customer service is important to us; we think it's a perfect fit," said James Carlson, CEO of Carlson Wireless. Customers who are interested in participating in the new payment plan should contact a Carlson Wireless representative at 1-800-834-2076.