GREENVILLE, SC — Building on its successful strategy to provide customers superior wireless services in the Palmetto state, Verizon Wireless Region President Jerry Fountain today announced the launch of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network in Greenville, SC, enabling both its BroadbandAccess and V CAST services. The new high-speed service launched today will impact key economic centers throughout the Upstate such as Greenville and Spartanburg along the 1-85 corridor, and it will reach areas like Clemson and Gaffney.
"Now customers in Greenville and surrounding areas can enjoy the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on America's most reliable wireless network," said Fountain.* "Additional markets in South Carolina will also have EV-DO before the end of the year."
Verizon Wireless is working with Motorola, a leading CDMA infrastructure supplier, to help bring EV-DO to the Carolinas and meet Verizon Wireless' customer needs for wireless broadband services.
"Motorola's proven wireless solutions for deploying and extending broadband networks has helped Verizon Wireless offer their customers leading edge broadband data and multimedia services," said Dan Aderhold, Motorola, vice president of business operations, Motorola Networks & Enterprise.
BroadbandAccess provides on-the-go professionals with full, mobile access to their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection. Users can conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.
With average access speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), users can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file in about 20 seconds. Current and new customers with any voice plan can now get unlimited BroadbandAccess for $59.99 monthly access with a new two-year customer agreement. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a one-year customer agreement.
Connecting to BroadbandAccess is easy, using a PC card that slides directly into most laptop computers, an integrated option on select notebook computers from Dell, Lenovo and HP or by connecting a laptop to a BroadbandAccess-capable PDA or phone.
V CAST, the nation's first wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers, offers the most comprehensive selection available of music, videos and 3D games on demand. Users can stream video clips (up to five minutes long) of the hottest entertainment, music videos, movie trailers, sports highlights, news and breaking weather directly to their Verizon Wireless V CAST-capable phone.
With V CAST Music, customers can browse and download songs from the V CAST Music library of 1.4 million songs directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled phone or Windows® XP-enabled PC. They can also transfer music from their PC to their V CAST Music-enabled phone and take their tunes with them without a second device.
For $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, customers in Greenville 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.
Additional BroadbandAccess and V CAST pricing and product information is available at www.verizonwireless.com.
Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network coverage area now covers more than 150 million Americans.
Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested $445 million in South Carolina to build, maintain and expand its high-quality network and the growth continues in 2006. Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion nationwide over the last six years to ensure network reliability and expanded coverage and capacity.
BroadbandAccess customers who travel outside the coverage area with an EV-DO-capable device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network that offers average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, with bursts up to 144 kbps.
* Network details at www.verizonwireless.com/bestnetwork.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., 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.