Verizon Wireless Expands Memphis Area Wireless Broadband Network To Neighboring Counties And Cities

MEMPHIS, TN — Verizon Wireless announced today the company has expanded its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network to reach the towns of West Memphis, Marion, Hernando and Walls. Customers in metropolitan Memphis have enjoyed the high-speed business and entertainment-based services since December 2005 and today even more Verizon Wireless customers in neighboring Mississippi and Arkansas towns can access EV-DO.

"Due to the growing popularity of Verizon Wireless' established EV-DO service in the Memphis area, we have expanded our service beyond Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Lakeland, Millington, Olive Branch and Southaven to neighboring DeSoto and Crittenden counties," said Jerry Fountain, Carolinas/Tennessee region president for Verizon Wireless. "When customers travel to neighboring towns around Memphis, they will have access to our high-speed data connection on their laptops and PDAs and access Verizon Wireless' exclusive V CAST Music services on their handsets."

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. In 2006, Verizon Wireless invested over $200 million to build, maintain and expand Tennessee's network, and since 2003, the company has spent $430 million to ensure network reliability and expanded coverage and capacity.

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

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.

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 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