Verizon Wireless Has The Bases Covered for Spring Training Fans in Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ — Long before the first pre-season pitch, the Verizon Wireless network team was preparing for the annual spring training games that will draw more than a million major league baseball fans to Arizona this month. Verizon Wireless' network provides wireless service at each of the Cactus League stadiums, as well as throughout the state.

In 2002 and 2003, Verizon Wireless invested more than $160 million to provide the best possible wireless experience in Arizona, further expanding and enhancing its wireless voice and data network in the state. Each year, Verizon Wireless invests on average about a billion dollars every 90 days in its national network, constantly improving and expanding what already is the largest, most reliable nationwide wireless network in the United States.

"Our network investment to increase coverage and call capacity is one more way we prepare to meet the needs of our customers, both day-to-day and during spikes in wireless usage that occur with the onset of spring training and other major events in Arizona," said Tami Erwin, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "Our network team specifically looked at our coverage and capacity around the stadiums to make sure the system would be in top shape to handle the increased volume of calls during spring training, when people will not only be making calls, but also sending pictures and text messages to family and friends."

Fans who want to stay connected during spring training season can also use Verizon Wireless' NationalAccess nationwide high-speed wireless data network, which provides fast wireless Internet service with bursts up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps). NationalAccess gives users full wireless Internet access, intranet access and traditional email functionality, including sending digital pictures, via a laptop. Users can expect average speeds between 40 and 60 kbps, comparable to, if not faster, than what PC users get when using a dial-up Internet service.

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