Wilmington, NC — Building on its successful strategy to provide customers superior wireless services in North Carolina, Verizon Wireless announced today the launch of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network in Wilmington, NC, enabling both its BroadbandAccess and V CAST services. Verizon Wireless' customers in Wilmington and in surrounding towns like Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Ogden now have access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices.
"Our broadband expansion to the Wilmington area is part of Verizon Wireless' continuing focus to provide high-speed data services to our customers living and visiting the area," said Jerry Fountain, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Now one of North Carolina's top tourist destinations can enjoy the latest high-speed business and entertainment services."
Last year, Verizon Wireless invested $330 million in North 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 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 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.
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.
Customers with select V CAST-enabled phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for just $3.00 for 24-hour use. Additional 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.