News Release

Verizon Wireless Customers In Arizona Get Faster New Wireless Broadband Network

March 21, 2007

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

CHANDLER, AZ — Verizon Wireless customers in Arizona can now access e-mail, everyday corporate data, the Internet and more at faster speeds — and upload files eight to nine times faster than before.

Verizon Wireless is rolling out the next-generation of its high-speed broadband network in greater Phoenix and Tucson.

Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, the enhanced wireless broadband network provides Verizon Wireless customers in areas within greater Phoenix and Tucson with data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company's award-winning national EV-DO network.

The faster network coverage area includes metro Phoenix including the communities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Glendale and Peoria. In southern Arizona, the coverage area includes the communities of Tucson, Sahuarita, Vail, Green Valley, Oro Valley, Marana and Catalina.

Verizon Wireless' national wireless broadband network, the first in the nation, is already available to more than 200 million people in 242 major metropolitan areas and 180 major airports from coast to coast.

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.

"Arizona customers are already enjoying the benefits of our broadband wireless network. We're taking wireless to the next level by introducing Rev. A technology that helps customers work even faster and enjoy a more robust wireless data experience," said Tony Heyman, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "The launch of this next generation of our high-speed broadband network is part of our ongoing, significant investment in the state of Arizona."

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 eight to nine times faster than with the company's existing wireless broadband network, plus interact with Web-based applications with improved latency for a better customer experience.

The network provides Verizon Wireless customers with faster access for sending and uploading data.

For example, BroadbandAccess customers in enhanced wireless broadband coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. This translates to being able to download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment — the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file — in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.

The enhanced network coverage areas allow Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately ten times faster than customers of wireless service providers who use non-EV-DO technology.

Devices that take advantage of Verizon Wireless' wireless broadband network include the new V740 ExpressCard, the compact USB720 wireless modem, the AirCard 595 and PC5750 PC Card. All of these devices are fully compatible with both the company's wireless broadband network and its NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology).

BroadbandAccess also is available as an integrated option on select notebook and laptop computers.

In addition, several handsets have the ability to "tether" to a laptop's USB port with the purchase of a Mobile Office Kit. BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs offered by Verizon Wireless include the Motorola Q™, the Palm® Treo 700w, the Palm Treo 700wx and the Palm Treo 700p. Popular BlackBerry® options include the 8703e, the 7250 and 7130e.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 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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