PC EXPO, New York, NY — Starting today, Verizon Wireless is giving users of Palm III and Palm V handheld devices an affordable wireless option for accessing the Internet from wherever they are - on a train, at the airport, in a cafe or even sitting by a pool - at a price comparable with landline Internet access.
For a flat rate of $24.95 a month on the company's extensive wireless packet network, Verizon Wireless data customers using Palm III and Palm V handheld devices with wireless modems can tap into the Internet for a range of personal and professional uses - from tracking stocks and seeking restaurant reviews, to checking flight times and looking up inventory on a corporate intranet. In addition, users can read and send e-mails, making the Palm III and Palm V indispensable as consumers and mobile business professionals become increasingly dependent on email as a primary vehicle for communicating.
"Our data customers using a Palm III or V handheld to keep in touch now have the benefit of using our expansive IP network for robust, feature-rich applications at a price comparable to landline Internet access," said Bob Hirsh, director of packet data services for Verizon Wireless.
Verizon Wireless' packet data network is one of the largest in the nation, covering most of the major markets in the U.S., and will expand by almost double at the close of the Bell Atlantic - GTE merger at the end of the month.
Consumers interested in more information, including terms and conditions, can call 1-800-308-DATA or visit Verizon Wireless' Online Store at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 18 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. When the merger is complete, the new company will have a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at:http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.