BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, today announced the company was selected as the world's best wireless service provider in the 2006 Reader's Choice "Best in Business Travel" Awards by Business Traveler magazine. Devoted to the needs of the travel industry's most active customers, Business Traveler magazine gives readers the chance to voice their opinion on those companies who have made their business travels more enjoyable in the annual survey, now in its eighteenth year.
The only wireless carrier to be recognized by the magazine, Verizon Wireless has several convenient international services for both business and pleasure to help customers stay connected, whether traveling to a another country or sailing the seven seas.
"We are extremely appreciative of this recognition," said Mark Lowenstein, Verizon Wireless vice president - marketing. "In an age where people are increasingly dependent upon their wireless phones, it is important that we give customers mobile options so they can stay connected regardless of where they travel or whether they are traveling for business or pleasure."
International travelers can stay connected with services available on a Global Phone from Verizon Wireless. With wireless services in more than 140 countries worldwide and the convenience of one phone and one number, global phones are the perfect wireless choice for international road warriors. Verizon Wireless offers several global phone choices, including the Motorola a840, Samsung SCH-a795 and Samsung SCH-i830.
International business travelers that need full data access to corporate e-mail also have a solution that won't keep them tied to a cord in their hotel room. With GlobalAccess from Verizon Wireless, customers can access e-mail, their corporate intranet, applications and more with a high-speed global wireless wide-area network solution. Working as an extension of BroadbandAccess service, GlobalAccess is easy to install and easy to use with VZAccess Manager software. PC Card options that fit most laptops allow customers to connect while traveling in parts of Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe with either an unlimited monthly access plan or pay-by-session. Customers may find out more about GlobalAccess and Verizon Wireless' global services for business by visiting www.verizonwireless.com/business and clicking on Global Communication.
For a short trip abroad, Verizon Wireless offers a Global Rental program that provides customers with an international phone and calling service in more than 200 countries. Customers who need to stay connected to e-mail can rent an international BlackBerry to use in more than 50 countries around the globe. International phones are available for just $3.99 daily, plus the cost of calls; customers can rent an international BlackBerry for $15 daily, plus airtime. For complete details, visit www.vzwrentinternational.com.
Verizon Wireless customers can also use their existing phone to place calls when traveling in select countries. International Roaming from Verizon Wireless gives customers the ability to make and receive calls while roaming in more than 20 countries around the globe, including Brazil, Canada, China and Mexico. The service can be added to a Verizon Wireless account by simply calling customer service and requesting the International Roaming feature there is no charge to add this service. For complete details and country list, visit www.verizonwireless.com/international and click on International Roaming.
If leisure travel is on the agenda, Verizon Wireless gives customers freedom on the high seas with Wireless Cruise Ship Service. Currently available on 16 Carnival Cruise Lines ships, Wireless Cruise Ship Service lets customers make and receive calls with their tri-mode digital phone for only $2.49 per minute when out at sea and use the local network to roam while in port. Customers need to ensure their plan has been set up with the International Roaming option before departing for their voyage. Verizon Wireless expects to add additional cruise lines to the Wireless Cruise Ship Service in the coming months.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit 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.