Dec 10, 2008 SPOT News

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SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Now Available at Decathlon Retail Stores Throughout France

Sporting Goods Retail Giant to Market World’s First Satellite GPS Messenger to Outdoor Enthusiasts

MILPITAS, CA. --  (December 10, 2008) – SPOT LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSAT), today announced that leading French sporting goods retailer Decathlon, has signed an agreement with Globalstar Europe Satellite Services to distribute the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger at its retail store locations throughout France.  Decathlon is the first retailer in France distributing SPOT.  The revolutionary new product is a light-weight handheld satellite communications device designed to raise the safety factor for millions of people around the world.  SPOT provides users, particularly outdoor enthusiasts, with a vital line of communication, regardless of cellular or mobile coverage.

SPOT enables users, based on varying levels of need, to send messages to friends, family, co-workers or emergency responders, and to visually track the location of the SPOT Satellite Messenger on the web:

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

“Decathlon is one of the world’s leading sporting goods retailers and is the mountain sports store that outdoor enthusiasts know and trust,” said Steven Bell, Senior Vice President, International Sales and Marketing for SPOT parent company, Globalstar, Inc. Mr. Bell added, “Regular GPS devices tell you where you are, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger lets other people know where to find you. Whether you’re mountaineering, extreme skiing, all-terrain cycling, or hiking, if you work or play in areas not covered by mobile coverage, SPOT will provide you with a way to send messages for help.”

“Whether you traveling around the world and want to give your family peace of mind while staying connected to civilization or quite simply want to be easily located in case of a technical problems when mountain biking, SPOT is the perfect solution that enables you to share your whereabouts anytime, anywhere,” said Bertrand Czaicki, product manager, electronic devices for Decathlon. “SPOT is easy to use and thanks to its sturdy, waterproof design, it’s reliable in even the most extreme outdoor conditions. SPOT is the first device of its kind that can locate you on the internet in real time via satellite communication, regardless of national borders and local GSM networks. In addition to its technical capability, the user also has access to a worldwide satellite network at one low cost.”

Combining reliable commercial satellite messaging and GPS location technologies, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is an affordable personal safety device, designed to provide users with a vital line of communication to friends, family, co-workers and emergency services, even when used beyond the reach of cellular mobile telephones. SPOT has won numerous industry innovation awards and assisted in the rescue of over 80 individuals around the world since being introduced just one year ago.

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About Decathlon

“Making Sports and exercise both enjoyable and accessible for everyone” is Decathlon’s mission statement. Since 1976, Decathlon has been the one-stop shopping store for more than 60 sports as well as numerous services. Products from our “Passion” brand as well as the several large international brands - we carry meet the needs of both amateur and experienced sports enthusiasts alike. For over 10 years,

Decathlon has also given its customers the chance to discover experience sports personally via activities such as biking, hiking and running. Decathlon operates more than 400 shops in about fifteen countries around the world. More than 40 000 dedicated co-workers share their passion for sport with their customers.