Play Ball! Verizon Wireless Network Revs Up Connection For Baseball Fans At Spring Training

PHOENIX, AZ, and TAMPA, FL — Professional baseball players are reporting to spring training this week in Arizona and Florida, and Verizon Wireless is ready to hit one out of the park for baseball fans looking for an early glimpse of their favorite teams.

Fans are now covered by Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) wireless network. With the wireless broadband network now available at all spring training locations in Arizona and in Florida, Verizon Wireless customers watching the on-field action can enjoy both BroadbandAccess and V CAST services. BroadbandAccess is the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips Verizon Wireless' business customers with a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail, and critical business information residing behind their companies' firewalls. V CAST is the consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to a comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.

Along with a game-ready network, Verizon Wireless offers wireless services that cover a lot of bases for baseball fans on-the-go:

  • VZ NavigatorSM — Customers can navigate spring training locations with VZ Navigator, an assisted GPS application for Get It Now®-enabled phones and certain BlackBerry devices that transforms a customer's wireless handset into a powerful navigation device. VZ Navigator gives customers audible directions, helps locate nearby places, like hotels and restaurants, and provides maps of locations.

  • ESPN MVP — With ESPN MVP, baseball fans can follow what is happening throughout the league all season with SportsCenter video highlights, alerts for scoring updates and breaking news, news on players, teams and leagues, select ESPN Insider content, and ESPN Bottomline — right on their V CAST phones.

  • Mobile Web 2.0SM — Mobile Web 2.0 gives Verizon Wireless customers access to news, tools and information from the nation's top content providers. The simple, intuitive format makes it easy to access content from many categories, including News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Business, Email, and more, allowing them to stay on top of e-mail and news while cheering for their favorite team.

Verizon Wireless' ongoing investments and enhancements of its network ensure that fans can stay connected and enjoy a grand slam of popular products and services.

In Arizona, Verizon Wireless invested $135 million in its network in 2007, including its enhancement of its data services to Rev. A in the spring training cities of Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, and Tucson.

In Florida, Verizon Wireless invested $178 million in its network in 2007, including its enhancement of its data services to Rev. A in the spring training cities of Bradenton, Buena Vista, Clearwater, Dunedin, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Jupiter, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Sarasota, St. Lucie, Tampa, Vero Beach, Viera, and Winter Haven.

Nationwide, Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $44 billion since it was formed -- $5.5 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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