News Release

ASU Now "IN" The Verizon Wireless Network

New partnership gives students, faculty and alumni access to the latest in wireless technology and provides funds for scholarships

June 11, 2007

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321Leah Hardesty
Arizona State University
Leah.Hardesty@asu.edu  
480-727-3116

CHANDLER, AZ — Arizona State University and Verizon Wireless have partnered to provide innovative wireless products and services tailored for university life.

To mark the partnership, Verizon Wireless is donating $66,000 to support general scholarships for ASU students.

Benefits of the partnership to the ASU students, staff/faculty and alumni include:

  • Discounted service access on America's most reliable wireless network.
  • Partnership pricing for Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess high-speed wireless broadband network.
  • ASU-specific wireless content and opt-in text messaging programs.
  • Wireless connection to academic resources.

Customers can also benefit from Verizon Wireless' mobile-to-mobile IN Network including:

  • America's Choice® customers can talk with other Verizon Wireless customers anytime from within the America's Choice calling area, without using allowance minutes.
  • Customers who purchase messaging bundles can get Unlimited IN TXT/PIX/FLIX Messages to any other Verizon Wireless customer.

Additional extensions of the technology partnership are planned.

"Together with ASU, Verizon Wireless is integrating wireless into the fabric of the greater university community," said Tony Heyman, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "Our goal is to enhance the academic experience, university life and alumni benefits through access to cutting-edge wireless technologies."

"ASU's partnership with Verizon Wireless goes beyond providing more affordable wireless service," said Adrian Sannier, ASU vice president and university technology officer. "We are working together to design new, ubiquitous wireless solutions for the ASU community to make the most effective use of this advancing technology."

The mission of ASU's University Technology Office (UTO) is to provide technology leadership for the New American University. The new alliance with Verizon Wireless is part of the UTO's strategy of working closely with industry leaders to keep ASU at the forefront of technology in the service of higher education.

Verizon Wireless has invested nearly half a billion dollars in its wireless network in Arizona over the past six years to stay ahead of the growth in demand for our products and services and to ensure the most reliable network in the industry.

The company has invested $37 billion in the last seven years — $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

Verizon Wireless is the only major carrier with a 30-day network Test Drive pledge that pays for calls if a customer isn't satisfied and switches to another carrier.

The exclusive, five-year contract reflects a deepening of the ties between Verizon Wireless and ASU. The wireless company has been a proud "Sparky Level" supporter of Arizona State University Athletics since 2003.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 60.7 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 66,000 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.  

About Arizona State University
A comprehensive public metropolitan research university enrolling more than 60,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on four campuses, ASU is a federation of unique colleges, schools, departments, and research institutes that comprise close-knit but diverse academic communities that are international in scope. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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