Verizon Wireless Completes High-Speed Wireless Expansion Across Hampden And Hampshire Counties In Massachusetts

WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network, today announced the further expansion of wide-area wireless broadband services to Hampden and Hampshire Counties through its V CAST and BroadbandAccess offerings.

The high-speed wireless expansion, based on the company's Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A network technology, creates new coverage in Hampden County in the communities of Blandford, Palmer, Westfield, Russell, Southwick, and Tolland. It also increases coverage across the Hampshire County towns of Belchertown, Pelham, Southampton and Ware.

"This expansion is part of our continuing focus on investing in our network reliability and innovative high-speed data services across the country," said Ken Dixon, New England Region president for Verizon Wireless. "More customers can now take their desktop experience wherever they go in the coverage area, through wireless access to their Outlook® calendars, the Internet, e-mail and other critical information at increased speeds."

The company's high-speed network also powers its V CAST multimedia service, bringing music on demand, video clips, and current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming to wireless phones. V CAST Music offers consumers access to a catalog of more than 1.9 million songs and the ability to download full tracks over-the-air to Verizon Wireless phones. V CAST also allows customers to download and play cutting-edge 3D games for an additional charge.

Already available to more than 200 million Americans in 242 major metropolitan areas and 180 major airports from coast to coast, BroadbandAccess offers computer users the nation's most reliable high-speed wireless mobile broadband network, operating at average upload speeds between 500 and 800 kbps, and download speeds between 600 kbps and 1.4 mbps. The service features the ability to connect to the Internet using a PC card or USB modem and enables a download of a 1-megabyte e-mail attachment (the equivalent of a small PowerPoint presentation or a large PDF file) in about 20 seconds.

As an example of the benefits that Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess provides to mobile and business professionals, construction supervisors can capture important details about building projects and wirelessly transmit the information to the contractor; food and beverage company representatives can re-order stock wirelessly while at the point of sale; and physicians can write prescriptions, enter orders and manage other tasks via PDAs or laptops.

For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers can receive BroadbandAccess service for Internet browsing, email and Intranet access for $59.99 per month. A new two-year customer agreement is required. The company's BroadbandAccess service is also available as an integrated option on select notebook computers.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Verizon Wireless has invested $37 billion in the last seven years -- $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 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 66,000 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