DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless announced today it has launched its wireless broadband network in Wichita Falls allowing local customers, businesses, Midwestern State University students and Sheppard Air Force Base personnel to utilize the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices.
The continued expansion of the Verizon Wireless Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the Wichita Falls area and extends to cities across the Red River into Oklahoma. Towns included in the expansion are Wichita Falls, Lakeside City, Jolly, Dean, Holliday, Pleasant Valley, Iowa Park and Burkburnett in Texas and Randlett and Devol in Oklahoma.
The coverage area extends approximately along US Highway 287 from Fowlkes Station Road to FM 2393 in Jolly. The EV-DO coverage also reaches to the intersection of US Highway 277/82 and West Avenue to at its southwestern edge. From north to south, the coverage area reaches approximately from the intersection of Interstate 44 and E1940 Road near the town of Randlett, Oklahoma to the intersection of US Highway 281 and Lake Creek Road.
"Verizon Wireless is committed to providing customers with the best high-speed data services on the most reliable network," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Wichita Falls businesses can now enable mobile workers with BroadbandAccess, and MSU students are sure to enjoy the over-the-air downloads available on V CAST Music and video."
BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility.
This wireless broadband experience is made possible by the Verizon Wireless EV-DO technology, with typical connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps). It also enables applications such as Bones in Motions, which allows athletes to track their workout routines, monitoring speed, distance, pace and route using GPS tracking technology - a helpful tool for cyclists training for Wichita Falls' annual bicycle ride.
The Verizon Wireless EV-DO technology was first introduced in Texas in Austin, and is available in the Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Victoria, Laredo, Sherman/Denison, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, Bryan/College Station, Waco, Tyler, Longview and the Rio Grande Valley metro areas.
The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music, and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phones. V CAST provides current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming on demand. And with access to more than 1.4 million songs, music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone can download and play their favorite songs all while on-the-go.
Verizon Wireless has invested $35 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.
Customers in Wichita Falls can see a demonstration of the new services available by visiting a local Verizon Wireless store at:
- Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 3111 Midwestern Parkway, Texas, 940-692-8080
- Verizon Wireless at Circuit City, 3121 Lawrence Road, Texas, 940-691-5991
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 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 60,000 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.