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February 22, 2001

Garmin® Introduces New GSM Cellular Phone/GPS for Europe

Olathe, Kan. - Garmin Corporation, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and information electronics, has unveiled a new GSM cellular telephone for Europe — introducing the NavTalk® II GSM.

This product combines a European GSM cellular telephone with the proven ability of Garmin's 12 parallel channel GPS receiver. The GPS component of this product will allow users to see their location on a detailed basemap. In 1999, Garmin introduced the world's first GPS-equipped cellular telephone, the original NavTalk, for the analog AMPS market.

"There is a real need especially for emergency service providers and other safety organizations in Europe, to have the type of life-saving information that can be supplied by this product," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "With this phone, anyone will have the ability to transmit their location to another NavTalk II GSM user and to other location-based service companies."

The NavTalk II GSM has Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) capability, which allows users to obtain information via the Internet. In addition, the product features a built-in international basemap complete with cities, major roads, lakes, rivers, airports, coastlines and highways. The unit will also accept downloadable map detail from Garmin's extensive line of MapSource® CD-ROMs, including points of interest information like hotels, restaurants and entertainment. The NavTalk II GSM boasts a small portable size that is no bigger than most conventional cell phones.

Specific features of the NavTalk II GSM include:

  • Built-in modem
  • Text messaging
  • Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) capability; ability to look up information via the Internet
  • Ability to transmit location from one NavTalk II GSM user to another and to location-based service companies
  • 12 parallel channel GPS receiver with built-in international basemap of cities, major roads, lakes, rivers, airports, coastlines and highways
  • Accepts downloadable map detail from MapSource CD-ROMs; includes address and points of interests like restaurants and hotels
  • Stores up to 500 personal waypoints

The NavTalk II GSM will be available in the fourth quarter of 2001. It will ship standard with a travel charger, user's manual and quick reference guide.

Garmin International Inc. and Garmin Corp. are members of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information electronics. The company's full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries maintain offices in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and NavTalk are registered trademarks and MapSource is a trademark of Garmin Corporation.

This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Registration Statement on Form S-1 dated December 8, 2000 and filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file no. 333-45514). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.