WALNUT CREEK, CA — Customers in Bakersfield 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.
New capabilities come with the expansion of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network, enabling both its BroadbandAccess and V CAST services. Customers in Bakersfield now have access to the same high-speed Verizon Wireless services that have been available in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.
"Verizon Wireless is committed to expanding our high-speed data network across the nation and is proud to announce the launch in Bakersfield," said Rich Garwood, Northern California/Nevada regional president for Verizon Wireless. "Now, customers who both live and travel through these areas have access to the true mobility of wireless data."
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.
In California, the company has invested nearly $4 billion in the past five years part of its $30 billion nationwide network investment over the last six years to ensure network reliability and expanded coverage, capacity and capabilities.
Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to launch a high-speed wireless broadband network commercially 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.