BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider today announced it is testing a CDMA2000 1X compatible handset from LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc., a worldwide provider of communications equipment and solutions, on its field trial network.
Verizon Wireless is currently upgrading its network's base stations and switches with CDMA2000 1X circuit cards and software and plans to begin phasing in commercial 3G services to its customers later this year. 3G 1X will provide wireless data access rates up to 144 kilobits per second.
The LG InfoComm tri-mode phone, to be introduced as VZW520 is being tested on the carrier's CDMA2000 1X field test system in Maple Shade, NJ and in the Verizon Wireless handset laboratory. The VZW520 is capable of operating on 800 MHz and 1.9 GHz bands on Verizon Wireless' CDMA network, and is designed to provide seamless access to Verizon Wireless' premier, coast-to-coast network.
"We are encouraged with the performance of the VZW520 in the field," said Rich Meigh, Verizon Wireless staff vice president - wireless devices. "This bodes well for the introduction of high speed wireless services as planned, later this year."
"LG InfoComm and Verizon Wireless have forged a strong relationship built around our handsets that combine innovative features with desirable form factors," said Steve Klar, director of sales for LG InfoComm USA, Inc. "We are pleased Verizon Wireless has selected the LG-TM520 for testing on its 3G network. Whether it's used for data or voice, the successfully tested LG-TM520 will bring Verizon Wireless customers a new level of functionality in an affordable, ultra-compact phone."
The VZW520 is designed to be compact without sacrificing smart phone features and battery life. The handset measures 3.2 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches and weighs 3.8 ounces, and provides 200 minutes of talk time and 350 hours of standby while in digital mode using the standard battery. It is Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) enabled and has full personal information management (PIM) functionality, providing both an address book and scheduler with PC synchronization capability.
For interface, the VZW520 has a four-way navigation key and utilizes the Tegic T9™ text input system and the UP 4.1 WAP browser. The phone's interior display is a high-resolution LCD capable of displaying five lines of data plus one line of icons.
Additional features of the handset include Sound Caller ID, four level vibration alert, voice mail and text notification, voice-activated dialing, voice recording, voice privacy, a 199-record phone book with 5 entries per record, 2-way SMS, dual language with T9™ and support for MSM 5105 and OTASP/PA (IS-683A).
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc., is the North American wireless division of LGE USA, a business unit of LG Electronics of Seoul, Korea. With annual sales of $14.5 billion, LGE employs over 6000 individuals and operates research and development, manufacturing, and sales and marketing facilities around the world. The company has sold more than 10 million digital handsets worldwide, including a line of award-winning mobile phones. LGE lays claim to being the first manufacturer to commercialize the CDMA digital mobile communication system with its support of the launch of the SK Telecom Network in Korea. For more information visit the company's Web site at www.lginfocomm.com.
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