HOUSTON, TX — Verizon Wireless, the first national wireless provider to commercially launch high-speed wireless broadband services in the United States, today announced a significant expansion of its high-speed wireless network in Houston with the addition of more than 100 cell sites to the wireless broadband network.
Verizon Wireless' EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) network provides customers with access to V CAST, the nation's first wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers and BroadbandAccess, the fastest wide-area wireless Internet access service available in the nation.
Verizon Wireless' EV-DO expanded coverage now includes the greater Houston metroplex, including the communities of Texas City, Sugarland, Conroe and The Woodlands.
"More people than ever before now have access to the latest mobile wireless data and entertainment, making it possible for them to stay connected, informed and entertained via their wireless phones and computers anywhere, anytime," said Katherine Greene, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Today's announcement underscores our commitment to delivering the best wireless network in the nation."
Verizon Wireless also introduced EV-DO service in Beaumont today bringing the number of Texas cities covered by BroadbandAccess to five. Verizon Wireless first introduced BroadbandAccess to Texas with the launch of Austin in September 2004, expanding to Dallas/Fort Worth in November 2004 and Houston in January 2005. BroadbandAccess was launched in San Antonio earlier this month. V CAST launched in February 2005.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $4 billion annually on the build-out and enhancement of its networks since the company's inception in 2000, and last year alone it invested $5 billion, including build-out of the wireless broadband EV-DO network.
The company's highly-touted BroadbandAccess service, available to mobile professionals and enterprise customers, allows customers in Houston to connect wirelessly to Internet via their laptop at broadband speeds, a convenient way to conduct business. Faster than any competing widely available wide-area wireless data service, BroadbandAccess customers can download a 1 Megabyte email attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint presentation or a large PDF file), or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 20 seconds. Because EV-DO technology is backward compatible a distinct advantage to using CDMA technology customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will seamlessly switch to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess service, which runs on the company's 1xRTT network.
Working with virtual private network (VPN) connections, business customers can use BroadbandAccess as an extension of their corporate local area network (LAN) or intranet, allowing them to work from any location within the BroadbandAccess coverage area, as if they were in the office. BroadbandAccess, with typical user download speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), is ideal for downloading files and business-critical information residing behind corporate firewalls and for accessing e-mail, intranets and the Internet. BroadbandAccess' EV-DO technology has its own data protection and authentication and is designed to work with a business' existing IT infrastructure and security solutions.
BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a one- or two-year customer agreement. For more information on BroadbandAccess from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com/broadbandaccess.
Verizon Wireless' V CAST service enables consumers to access short video content on-demand, viewing current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. With V CAST, customers can also download and play cutting-edge 3D games, watch music videos and concert performances from favorite artists, view short programs specifically designed for mobile phones and other video content right on their phones. For a list of all videos and 3D game entertainment available on V CAST, visit www.getvcast.com.
For $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, customers in Houston can get the V CAST VPak which includes unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 daily updated video clips from leading news, sports, weather and entertainment content providers. Unlimited basic short content is included, but application download fees apply for 3D games, premium video short content, and all other Get It Now® applications. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content. Customers can also download, stream or watch premium short video content, available at additional cost, which includes video such as music videos, select sports clips and mobisodes. Verizon Wireless V CAST customers also receive monthly access and unlimited browsing on Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web 2.0SM news and information service. For a limited time, customers who sign up for V CAST receive one month of service free.
V CAST Phones and BroadbandAccess PC Cards
Customers can access V CAST on three hot new phones. The featured phone is the new LG VX8000 phone with its full-motion short content with audio streaming and downloading and playback capabilities, the LG VX8000 offers customers a rich and rewarding interactive experience. The LG VX8000 is available for $149.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement. V CAST customers can also check out the latest in news, entertainment and sports on the Samsung a890, which is $149.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement, and the CDM8940 from UTStarcom Personal Communications (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.) for $179.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement.
Verizon Wireless offers several PC Cards for BroadbandAccess customers, including the Kyocera KPC-650 and Novatel V620 cards. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with unlimited use data plans can buy the BroadbandAccess Novatel V620 card for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement or $99.99 with a one-year customer agreement after $100 mail-in rebate.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
(EDITORS: Broadcast-quality B-roll footage about V CAST and BroadbandAccess is available online. Log on to www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia to preview and request video segments, which can be received in newsrooms digitally, by tape or via satellite.)
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless 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 receive 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.####