News Release

Broadband Wireless Network Speeds into Ellensburg, Yakima, Tri-Cities, Washington

Verizon Wireless Gives Customers Access to High-Speed Wireless Internet, E-mail, Mobile Music and More

December 17, 2006

Georgia Taylor
Georgia.Taylor@VerizonWireless.com
425-603-2894

BELLEVUE, WA — Customers in Ellensburg, Yakima and the Tri-Cities, Washington 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. Customers in Ellensburg, Yakima and the Tri-Cities now have access to the same high-speed Verizon Wireless services that have been available in the greater Puget Sound region. The services also became available today in Wenatchee.

The company will launch the same service in Spokane, Pullman and Clarkston, Washington, along with Lewiston, Moscow and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Eugene and Corvallis, Oregon by year-end.

"The communities in eastern Washington are important, expanding markets with dynamic growing businesses and an increasing number of mobile data consumers," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "Now, more customers throughout the state have access to the true mobility of wireless data."

BroadbandAccess
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
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 1.5 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.

Coverage
With the launch, Verizon Wireless' EV-DO coverage in Washington now includes:

  •  The greater Puget Sound region from Bellingham to Olympia as well as Longview and Vancouver
  •  Eastern Washington including Yakima, Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Walla Walla, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Chelan, Sunnyside and Prosser

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 covers more than 150 million people.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $400 million in Washington over roughly the past five years — part of its $35 billion nationwide network investment over the last seven years — to ensure network reliability and expanded coverage, capacity and capabilities.

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 operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company 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.

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