ALPHARETTA, GA — Good news for Rome, Georgia wireless customers who want wireless mobility, speed and flexibility. Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable wireless voice and data network, today announced that the company has rolled out its wireless broadband service in Rome, giving local customers access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices anywhere they are in Rome. Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, Rome is the newest Georgia market to have access to Verizon Wireless' enhanced wireless broadband network. The enhanced Rev. A technology allows Verizon Wireless customers to download files as much as ten times faster than customers of wireless service providers who use non-EV-DO technology.
The company's EV-DO Rev. A network enables customers to access BroadbandAccess, the company's flagship business data service, on their laptops, e-mail on their PDAs, and V CAST Video and Music on their wireless phones. Verizon Wireless held an event to introduce the new technology for local businesses, technology decision makers and consumers this morning July 31st at the Rome Skytop Holiday Inn beginning.
"We continue to focus on investing in our network reliability and providing innovative high-speed data services to enable our customers in Georgia to work remotely when needed and stay entertained in unprecedented ways, " said Jeff Mango, president Georgia/Alabama region, Verizon Wireless. "With BroadbandAccess and V CAST Rome mobile professionals and customers, who demand the most advanced wireless services for business and entertainment, will now be able to take their desktop experience with them no matter where they are in the greater Rome area."
Verizon Wireless' EV-DO Rev. A network coverage for the greater Rome area includes the entire city of Rome, extending from Trion/Summerville in the north to Cave Springs and Aragon in the south. Coverage also includes Armuchee and continues east to Adairsville. Customers who travel outside the enhanced coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network in which customers experience average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, with burst up to 144 kbps.
To date in 2007, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $142 million in the expansion and enhancement of its network in Georgia and Alabama.
BroadbandAccess The company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, allows customers in enhanced coverage areas to take advantage of upload speeds that are five to six times faster than with the company's existing wireless broadband network, plus interact with Web-based applications with improved latency for a better customer experience. For example, BroadbandAccess customers can expect average download speeds of 450-800 kilobits per second (kbps) and average upload speeds of 300-400 kbps, translating to being able to download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file in less than 15 seconds and upload the same size file in less than 25 seconds. Customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network, with which customers experience average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, with bursts up to 144 kbps.
V CAST The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music, and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phones. With V CAST, customers can get short video content on demand, including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. And music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone are able to download and play their favorite songs all while on-the-go. The V CAST Music library contains more than two million songs. Customers can download songs directly to their phones for $1.99 and receive two copies of each song: one for the phone and one to download onto their PCs. Or, they can purchase songs online for 99 cents each and download a copy onto their phones via a USB cable for free. To access V CAST Video content and games, customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a $15.00 monthly subscription added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan.
Pricing Verizon Wireless customers with a new or existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access. A new two-year customer agreement is required. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. The company's BroadbandAccess service is also available on some laptops.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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 www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####