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Offer Extended! Crew Calling Is a Snap With a Free Inmarsat Crew Phone from KVH Industries


Now Valid With the New Tracphone F33 – The Most Compact, High-powered Satellite Communications System Available!

MIDDLETOWN, RI – April 21, 2004 – When you are at sea, you want to stay in touch with your friends, family, and business ashore. The same goes for your crew and passengers, but not every vessel owner is able to foot the bill for the crew’s airtime charges. Now, an exciting promotion from Inmarsat and KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) makes crew and passenger calling easy and affordable for everyone. KVH is offering a free Inmarsat crew phone system (valued at $2,000) with either the purchase of any new Tracphone® system – including the sleek new Tracphone F33 satellite communications system – or the activation of a new Inmarsat Airtime by KVH account. The free crew phone uses prepaid calling cards, enabling crew and passengers to purchase the airtime they need and use the vessel’s Tracphone antenna to call home at their convenience but not at the boat owner’s expense.

“Crew and passenger calling is a critical component to maintaining excellent morale on any vessel,” explains Ian Palmer, KVH vice president of satellite sales. “People need the reassurance of being able to pick up the phone and hear the voices of their loved ones and colleagues, wherever they happen to be cruising. KVH’s Tracphone antennas, Inmarsat Airtime by KVH, and the free Inmarsat crew phones make this an affordable and invaluable addition to any commercial or passenger ship’s communication system.”

Inmarsat’s new crew phone and prepaid phone cards are a great way for vessel owners to provide access to the ship’s communication system without worrying about airtime charges. On fishing, commercial, or deep-sea vessels, the crew phone can be conveniently located in a recreation area away from the bridge. The crew phone is also ideal for use on yachts, charter vessels, ferries, and cruise ships, allowing passengers to stay in touch with their world ashore. And since users pay for their own calls by purchasing phone cards, no surprise airtime charges appear on the vessel owner’s bill.

The Inmarsat crew phones can be used with any Inmarsat satellite communication service (except Inmarsat A) as well as with any Inmarsat-compatible antenna. The crew phone includes a handset, junction box, mounting hardware, dialer control unit, and quick reference guides. The free crew phone is available with the purchase of any new Tracphone system from KVH, including the award-winning, mini-M-compatible Tracphone 252, as well as the exciting new Fleet-compatible Tracphone F33, F55, and F77 antennas.

“KVH also offers a comprehensive suite of Inmarsat airtime services at extremely competitive rates for use with any Inmarsat-compatible system,” continued Palmer. “We are pleased to offer these free phones to all Inmarsat users who switch their account to Inmarsat Airtime by KVH. We are proud to offer customers a complete and convenient satellite communications solution that brings together our award-winning satellite antenna systems, Inmarsat’s global communications services, and the convenience of crew calling.”

The free Inmarsat Crew Phone Promotion is valid through December 31, 2004, or while supplies last. For complete details on the promotion, contact you local KVH dealer, visit, or contact the KVH marine sales team at (401) 847-3327 or

KVH Industries, Inc., designs and manufactures products that enable mobile communication, navigation, and precision pointing through the use of its proprietary mobile satellite antenna and fiber optic technologies. The company is developing next-generation systems with greater precision, durability, and versatility for communications, navigation, and industrial applications. An ISO 9001-certified company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic and military navigation product manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.

This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements address, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance of KVH’s products and technology; anticipated innovation and product development; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in KVH’s 2003 Form 10-K filed with the SEC. KVH assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.

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