CHARLESTON, SC — Verizon Wireless announced today that the company expanded its national rollout of its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Georgetown counties now have access to high-speed business and entertainment-based services on their wireless phones, laptops and other wireless devices with Verizon Wireless's BroadbandAccess and V CAST multimedia services.
"For the first time, our customers in Charleston and surrounding areas can experience all that Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess and V Cast services have to offer, like the ability to download music videos, favorite TV show clips, sports highlights and over 1.5 million songs, all while having the security of the nation's most reliable network," said Jerry Fountain, Carolinas/Tennessee region president for Verizon Wireless.
Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States, and the company's EV-DO network reaches more than 200 million Americans. The company's EV-DO service reaches beyond the city of Charleston into Summerville, James Island, Hanahan and Dorchester.
In 2006, Verizon Wireless invested $131 million to build, maintain and expand its high-quality network, and since 2000, the company has spent $445 million in the Palmetto state to ensure network reliability and expanded coverage and capacity. Charleston joins other South Carolina cities already offering EV-DO services such as Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.
BroadbandAccessBroadbandAccess provides on-the-go professionals with full, mobile access to their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection. Users can conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.
With average access speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), users can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file in about 20 seconds. Unlimited BroadbandAccess with a two-year customer agreement is $59.99 a month with any voice plan. For non-voice customers, unlimited BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a one-year customer agreement.
V CASTV CAST, the nation's first wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers, offers the most comprehensive selection available of music, videos and 3D games on demand. Users can stream video clips (up to five minutes long) of the hottest entertainment, music videos, movie trailers, sports highlights, news and breaking weather directly to their Verizon Wireless V CAST-capable phone.
With V CAST Music, customers can browse and download songs from the V CAST Music library of 1.5 million songs directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled phone or Windows® XP-enabled PC. They can also transfer music from their PC to their V CAST Music-enabled phone and take their tunes with them without a second device.
Customers with select V CAST-enabled phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for just $3.00 for 24-hour use. Additional BroadbandAccess and V CAST pricing and product information is available at www.verizonwireless.com.
BroadbandAccess customers who travel outside the coverage area with an EV-DO-capable device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network that offers average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, with bursts up to 144 kbps.
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About Verizon WirelessVerizon 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.####