BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the only national wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States, has again fulfilled its promise to expand its EV-DO wireless broadband network to more customers as it added seven new markets today to the growing list of areas where its two EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) based services, BroadbandAccess and V CAST, are available. In addition, the company announced its success with its business service in existing markets has enabled it to offer Verizon Wireless customers with any monthly voice plan unlimited BroadbandAccess for $59.99 monthly access, a savings of 25% per month.
Dick Lynch, executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, said: "We made the promise that Verizon Wireless' broadband network would be widely-available by the end of 2005, and here we are today, fulfilling that promise. It should come as no surprise that we are ahead of schedule after all, this is what we do, we build networks. We are confident that our deployment and network technology will enable customers to reap the benefits of the nation's only national wireless broadband network."
Today, Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network now includes the major metropolitan areas and airports in Baton Rouge, LA; Charlotte and Raleigh Durham, NC; Denver; Louisville, KY; and San Francisco and Sacramento, CA. Customers in these and other major metropolitan areas from coast to coast can now access the only national wireless broadband network currently available in the U.S. Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network is currently available in the following major metropolitan markets:
2. Los Angeles (includes Burbank and Ontario)
3. Orange County
5. San Diego
6. San Francisco*
9. New Haven
10. New London
District of Columbia
12. Greater Washington
13. Ft. Lauderdale
17. Tampa/St. Petersburg
18. West Palm Beach
23. Kansas City (includes Overland Park) (also in MO)
25. Baton Rouge*
26. Lake Charles
27. New Orleans
Kansas City (also in KS)
32. St. Louis
33. Las Vegas
34. Newark/Jersey City
36. Long Island (Suffolk and Nassau counties)
37. New York
41. Raleigh Durham*
55. Fort Worth
57. San Antonio
*New market as of August 29, 2005
John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, noted: "Our customers don't have to wait until next year or whenever for wireless broadband to be available let alone only in business corridors. Today, Verizon Wireless has expanded the reach of its EV-DO network, but we're also rewarding new and existing voice customers with a tremendous opportunity to save when they sign up for BroadbandAccess."
Roger Entner, vice president of wireless telecom at Ovum, added: "Verizon Wireless can offer its BroadbandAccess customers unlimited access for less because it has the lead in EV-DO services. Verizon Wireless customers can enjoy a competitive advantage because they can quickly access information behind their firewall when they're away from the office in more than 60 major metropolitan areas and airports wherever they need to work. And the monthly BroadbandAccess cost of $59.99 is a terrific value, giving businesses a strong return on their investment."
Verizon Wireless' wireless broadband network continues to offer a rapidly growing number of businesses the freedom of speed, mobility and productivity with BroadbandAccess. The company's premier service for businesses, BroadbandAccess gives mobile professionals a fast, reliable resource to help them be productive and in touch with the office and customers while traveling. While on the road, mobile professionals are able to use their laptops to tap into applications and tasks with typical user download speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps).
Offer for BroadbandAccess
In an effort to bring the speed and mobility of Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess to more of its customers, Verizon Wireless also announced today a cost-savings of 25% for new and existing voice customers. Now business customers with any monthly voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess for $59.99 monthly access with a two-year customer agreement. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a one- or two-year customer agreement. The savings is available to new and existing customers through December 31, 2005. For more information on BroadbandAccess from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com/broadbandaccess.
Verizon Wireless' consumer multimedia service, V CAST, is also now available in all EV-DO network coverage areas. V CAST from Verizon Wireless enables consumers to access short video content on-demand, viewing current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming via a selection of hot V CAST-enabled phones. With V CAST, customers can also download and play cutting-edge 3D games, watch music videos and concert performances from favorite artists, view short programs specifically designed for mobile phones and other video content. For a list of all video and 3D game entertainment available on V CAST, visit www.getvcast.com.
For $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, customers in major metropolitan areas from coast to coast can get the V CAST VPak which includes unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 daily updated video clips from leading news, sports, weather and entertainment content providers. Unlimited basic short content is included, but application download fees apply for 3D games, premium video short content, and all other Get It Now® applications. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content. Customers can also download, stream or watch premium short video content, available at additional cost, which includes video such as music videos, select sports clips and mobisodes. Verizon Wireless V CAST customers also receive monthly access and unlimited browsing on Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web 2.0SM news and information service.
For more information on Verizon Wireless EV-DO products and services, including BroadbandAccess and V CAST, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.
(EDITORS: Broadcast-quality B-roll footage featuring BroadbandAccess and V CAST is available online. Log on to www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia to preview and request video segments, which can be received in newsrooms digitally, by tape or via satellite.)
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.