News Release

Broadband Wireless Network Speeds Into Metropolitan Fresno, California

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

December 21, 2006

Heidi Flato
Heidi.Flato@VerizonWireless.com
925-279-6545

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Customers in Fresno's metropolitan area in Northern California 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 downtown Fresno expansion of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network, enabling both its BroadbandAccess and V CAST services. Verizon Wireless' EV-DO coverage will be available throughout Fresno before the end of this year. The service is already available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, the Central Valley and Bakersfield, among other Northern California and Nevada markets.

"This expansion is part of our ongoing network investment," said Rich Garwood, Northern California/Nevada regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We're committed to providing innovative high-speed data services to our customers across the country and right here in Northern California."

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 more than 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.

In California, the company has invested nearly $4 billion since the year 2000 — part of its $35 billion nationwide network investment over the last seven years to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

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

  • City of Fresno
  • Yosemite International Airport
  • River Park Shopping Mall
  • Manchester Center
  • Sierra Vista Mall
  • Fashion Fair Mall
  • Fresno State University

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 covers more than 150 million Americans.

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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