Verizon Wireless Expands Express Network in Spokane, Washington and Northern Idaho

SPOKANE, WA — Verizon Wireless customers in Spokane, Washington and northern Idaho are now able to reap the benefits of an expansive and robust wireless data experience on the company's Express NetworkSM. Now, users can check their e-mail or surf the Internet while waiting at the airport or relaxing at Lake Coeur D'Alene, without being attached to a telephone line or cable. Cities involved in this expansion include Spokane, Colville and Wenatchee, Washington as well as Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

Verizon Wireless' Express Network enhances all interactive wireless data communications — from e-mail to intranet to full Internet access. The high-speed, national network also supports enterprise applications, giving companies with mobile employees access to tools for increased productivity and efficiency. Verizon Wireless Express network customers can expect speeds similar to or better than what users experience when dialing in from their home PC — average data transmission speeds between 40 and 60 kilobits per second (kbps) with bursts up to 144 kbps.

"With the freedom and flexibility that Verizon Wireless' Express Network service affords, being out of the office no longer means being out of the loop," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "It's about increased productivity when traveling throughout Washington and northern Idaho as well as 900 other cities and towns throughout the nation — no more worries about finding a phone jack or not having remote access to important file."

"Anyone interested in increasing productivity with high-speed Internet access is invited to stop by a Verizon Wireless Communications store to learn first-hand what they can do today with our Express Network," said Kurtzman. Verizon Wireless offers flexible and favorable pricing packages that are ideally suited for corporate customers, mobile professionals and individuals who use Express Network.

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