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KVH Offers Free Inmarsat Airtime For New Fleet Service, Tracphone Customers


Promotions Give Thousands of Dollars Worth of Free Phone, Fax, and High-speed Internet Service to New Customers

MIDDLETOWN, RI – February 17, 2005 – When you’re out at sea, there is never any reason to be out of touch thanks to high-quality Inmarsat satellite services and the award-winning Tracphone® communications systems from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI). Now, KVH has made it even easier to get telephone, fax, and high-speed Internet services wherever you cruise thanks to two free Inmarsat airtime promotions. These offers are available to new KVH Tracphone customers as well as to customers who make the switch from the soon-to-be-discontinued Inmarsat A service to Inmarsat’s versatile new Fleet service and a new Tracphone F33, F55, or F77 satellite communications system.

“Inmarsat provides the world’s most popular and reliable maritime satellite voice, fax, and data services,” remarked Ian Palmer, KVH’s executive vice president of satellite sales. “As a leading supplier of Inmarsat-compatible products, KVH is pleased to offer our customers these promotions, which combine our award-winning hardware and Inmarsat’s powerful Fleet service. Thousands of mariners across the globe trust KVH’s Tracphone antennas to help keep them in touch with home, business, and emergency services. These two promotions make Tracphone an outstanding and even more affordable combination for keeping in touch worldwide.”

The first promotion awards new customers thousands of dollars worth of free airtime when they purchase a new Tracphone F33, F55, or F77 system and activate their service using Inmarsat Airtime by KVH. The value of the free airtime will range from $2,000 for new Tracphone F33 customers to $3,000 for customers activating a new Tracphone F55 or F77. To qualify, customers must activate their Tracphone and new Inmarsat Fleet service before June 30, 2005.

The second promotion extends Inmarsat’s popular A-to-Fleet upgrade program, which was put in place when Inmarsat announced that the Inmarsat A service would be phased out by 2007. To help users manage the cost of the transition to Inmarsat’s Fleet service, KVH is offering $3,000 in free airtime minutes to Inmarsat A customers who purchase and activate a new Tracphone F33, F55, or F77 system and Inmarsat Airtime by KVH before December 31, 2005. The customer must use Inmarsat Airtime by KVH for a minimum of 12 months. These two promotions cannot be combined. Complete details, terms and conditions, and activation forms are available at

KVH’s Tracphone products have won the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) awards for “Best Satellite Telephone Product” for the past seven years in a row. All Tracphone products:

  • Offer fully automatic operation and dynamic stabilization in even the most extreme sea conditions
  • Allow you to pay only for what you use, with no fixed monthly fees
  • Can serve as the hub for all Internet, voice, and fax services aboard your vessel
  • Are fully compatible with shipboard PABX systems
  • Complement KVH’s award-winning line of TracVision® satellite television antennas for great-looking dual-dome installations

The Inmarsat Fleet service offers a number of communications options to suit a variety of needs, including high-speed Internet access via the pay-by-the-bit Mobile Packet Data Service (MPDS) and the pay-per-minute mobile Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN). For more information on KVH’s complete line of Tracphone products, please visit

Note to editors: High-resolution images of KVH’s satellite products are available at

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 Kokkedal, Denmark.

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

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