News Release

Verizon Wireless Customers In Cedar Rapids, Dubuque And Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, Get Faster New Wireless Broadband Network

February 19, 2007

Karen Smith
Karen.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
763-595-2511

Tom Albers
For Verizon Wireless
TomAlbers@alberscommunications.com
888-296-2411, ext. 1

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Verizon Wireless customers in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, can now have access to the Internet and to their e-mail and corporate data at faster speeds, uploading files five to six times faster than before as Verizon Wireless rolls out its next-generation high-speed broadband network. Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, the enhanced wireless broadband network provides Verizon Wireless customers in these eastern Iowa communities with data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company's award-winning national EV-DO network, which the company rolled out in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo/Cedar Falls in December 2006.

The EV-DO Rev. A network coverage area provides Verizon Wireless customers with faster access for sending and uploading data in the following areas:

  • The cities of Cedar Rapids and Marion and from the cities heading north on Interstate 380 to four miles south of Urbana and south on I-380 to U.S. Highway 30; west on U.S. Highway 30 to the 16th Ave./Edgewood exit and east to near Mt. Vernon; northeast of Marion on U.S. Highway 151 to five miles west of Springville and southwest on U.S. Highway 151 to U.S. Highway 30.
  • In the Dubuque area, from the Mississippi river in the downtown area along U.S. Highway 20 west to Dyersville and southwest on U.S. Highway 151 to Cascade.
  • In the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, on U.S. Highway 218 from Cedar Falls, north to Plainfield, including Janesville and Waverly; along I-380 south to exit 55; east on U.S. Highway 20 to Raymond; northeast on U.S. Highway 63, including the Waterloo Regional Airport, and southwest on U.S. Highway 63 to Hudson.

The company's existing EV-DO network enables customers to access BroadbandAccess on their laptops, e-mail on their PDAs, and V CAST Video and Music on their wireless phones. The company's national wireless broadband network, the first in the nation, is already available to more than 200 million Americans in 242 major metropolitan areas and 180 major airports from coast to coast.

"Our existing wireless broadband network has enabled customers to work remotely and stay entertained in unprecedented ways; now we're taking wireless to the next level by introducing technology that helps them work faster," said Nancy Clark, president, Great Plains region, Verizon Wireless. "Our customers who enjoy the latest technology will applaud Rev. A's faster data uplink speeds for their cutting-edge devices."

The company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, will run faster and more efficiently with the new network enhancements. Customers in enhanced coverage areas can take advantage of upload speeds that are five to six times faster than that of the company's existing wireless broadband network, while interacting with Web-based applications with improved latency for a better customer experience. For example, BroadbandAccess customers in enhanced broadband wireless coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 450-800 kilobits per second (kbps) and average upload speeds of 300-400 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment — the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file — in less than 15 seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 25 seconds. The enhanced coverage areas allow Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately six times faster than customers of wireless service providers who use non-EV-DO technology.

The first two devices from Verizon Wireless that take advantage of faster speeds provided by these new network enhancements are the new compact USB720 wireless modem and the AirCard 595 PC Card from Verizon Wireless, which are fully compatible and backward compatible with the company's enhanced and existing wireless broadband networks and the company's NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology). Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo/Cedar Falls customers purchasing either device can get significantly faster upload speeds and improved download speeds when in an enhanced network coverage area. Customers interested in purchasing either device can visit one of eight Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the area, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 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 65,000 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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