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Customers of Johnson Outdoors Watercraft Now Benefit with SPOT Offer

Purchase Ocean, Necky and Old Town Canoes and Kayaks and Receive a Free SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

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SPOT LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) and a leader in personal satellite messaging and emergency communications, today announced a partnership with Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, a leading outdoor recreation company specializing in canoes and kayaks. Customers who purchase Ocean Kayak™, Necky ® Kayaks or Old Town® Canoes and Kayaks are qualified to receive a free SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™.

“Integrating the SPOT and the Johnson Outdoors brands is an exciting way to provide a safe, enhanced experience for boaters,” said Darren Bassel, director of global marketing, SPOT LLC. “The SPOT Satellite Messenger provides innovative satellite technology that not only allows boaters to stay connected with others on their adventures but also provides a cool and easy way to send and save GPS location data on Google Maps™ for real-time tracking and post trip reference.”

The SPOT Satellite GPS Messengerâ„¢ is a personal satellite-based messaging, safety and tracking device which transmits GPS location coordinates and select messages over a global satellite network to a list of personal contacts or an emergency response center. Because SPOT uses satellite technology, it works from virtually anywhere around the world regardless of cellular service availability.

“We are very excited to offer our Necky Kayaks, Ocean Kayak, and Old Town paddlers the opportunity to further enhance their safety on the water,” said Chris Heffernan, marketing director for the Watercraft Division of Johnson Outdoors. ”Even the most capable paddler may find themselves needing help and the SPOT Satellite Messenger provides a way to send that distress signal from the boat or the from the water. We are confident our paddlers will also enjoy the tracking of their journeys via Google Maps™ and providing their friends and families with updates on their progress. These two benefits truly bring a whole new dimension to our sport and allow our customers to enjoy their paddling experiences on a whole new level. Even our PRO Paddling and Expeditionary teams are adopting this new technology into their kit and leveraging it in their blogs and web sites.”

At just over seven ounces in weight, the SPOT Satellite Messenger floats and is water-resistant, making it ideal for any maritime or fresh water boater, especially those who venture outside the range of cell phones or radio transmission. SPOT features four function keys that transmit messages based on varying levels of need:

•Alert 9-1-1 notifies an emergency response center of your GPS location
•Ask for Help sends a request for help with your location to friends or family
•Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are okay
•Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows contacts to track your progress using Google Maps™

Pricing and Availability

Customers who purchase qualifying brands of new Johnson Outdoor canoes and kayaks priced at $499 or above from participating Johnson Outdoor dealers will qualify to receive a free SPOT Satellite Messenger when activating a minimum of one year of basic SPOT service and tracking for $149.98.

This offer is available while supplies last. For more information visit or visit your local Johnson Outdoor dealer at

About Johnson Outdoors Inc.

JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Equipment. Johnson Outdoors’ familiar brands include, among others: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayakâ„¢ and Necky ® kayaks; Lendal® paddles; Escape® electric boats; Minn Kota® motors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird®, Bottom Line® and Fishin’ Buddy® fishfinders; GeoNav® chartplotters; SCUBAPRO®UWATEC® and Seemannâ„¢ dive equipment; Silva ® compasses and digital instruments; and Eureka!® tents. The Company has operations in 17 countries, employs 1,400 people and reported revenues of $432.1 million in fiscal 2007. Visit Johnson Outdoors online at


The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, the world’s first satellite messenger, uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer’s location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service center. SPOT LLC., a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT), provides lifesaving communications technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations around the globe.
Thanks to this affordable, cutting-edge personal safety device, the company offers people peace of mind by allowing customers to notify friends and family of their location and status, and to send for emergency assistance in time of need, completely independent of cellular phone or wireless coverage. For more information on how SPOT LLC is helping users live to tell about it (SM) – from disaster preparedness to outdoor adventure purposes – visit


Notes to Reporters:

High-resolution photos of SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger are available at

SPOT LLC Media Contacts:

Derek Moore
(408) 933-4112

Johnson Outdoors Inc. Contact:

Chris Heffernan
Johnson Outdoors Watercraft Inc.
(360) 820-3546