BRYAN / COLLEGE STATION, TX — Customers in Bryan and College Station can now access the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices thanks to Verizon Wireless.
The new capabilities come with the expansion of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network, enabling both its BroadbandAccess and V CAST services. The launch includes the Bryan and College Station areas including Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M University Research Park.
"Verizon Wireless is committed to expanding high-speed data service across the nation and is proud to announce the launch in the Bryan and College Station areas," said Katherine Greene, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "Texas A&M University is a major center for advanced research and development and this new wireless broadband service will bring the latest wireless products and services to this community, area businesses and consumers."
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.
Connecting to BroadbandAccess is easy, using a PC card that slides directly into most laptop computers, through an integrated option on select notebook computers 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.
"The Bryan / College Station launch is part of our continuing focus on investing in our network reliability and providing innovative high-speed data services to our Bryan / College Station customers," added Greene.
The company invests more than $1 billion in its network every quarter with over $5 billion invested in 2005 alone. The company has invested more than $30 billion nationwide over the last six years to ensure network reliability and expanded coverage, capacity and capabilities.
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 people.
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.
BroadbandAccess and V CAST pricing and product information is available at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 56.7 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.