GUNTERSVILLE, AL — North Alabama residents now have access to the Internet, e-mail and other data on their laptops at faster speeds and can download music, watch video clips, play 3D games and more on their phones as Verizon Wireless continues to roll out its high-speed wireless broadband network. Customers can now enjoy access to Verizon Wireless’ flagship services – BroadbandAccess and V CAST – in the following areas:
- Along Lake Guntersville including the cities of Scottsboro, Hollywood, July Mountain, Section, Ider and Mentone
- Down Interstate 59 including the cities of Ft. Payne, Rainsville, Middle Ridge, Portersville, Collinsville, Leesburg, Centre, as well as east to Cedar Bluff and Bogan Mountain
- West towards Albertville, Boaz, New Hope and Columbus City
“Our high-speed wireless network gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication: speed, mobility and security,” said Jeff Mango, president – Alabama/Georgia region for Verizon Wireless. “With these advantages, business customers and mobile professionals can increase productivity and see bottom-line business benefits. In addition, our V CAST services, such as V CAST Music with Rhapsody, help keep customers entertained while on the go – on the same devices they carry with them every day.”
The network expansion into north Alabama enables Verizon Wireless business customers to experience a truly mobile office experience with BroadbandAccess, giving them access to their calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind their companies’ firewalls. BroadbandAccess was developed with a range of users in mind and enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.
Customers in wireless broadband coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 Megabyte email attachment – the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file – in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. To help customers stay connected, BroadbandAccess seamlessly switches over to the company’s NationalAccess service if a customer travels outside of the BroadbandAccess coverage area.
V CAST Music with Rhapsody
The company’s network powers its V CAST Music with Rhapsody service which combines Verizon Wireless’ world-class, over-the-air mobile music service with Rhapsody’s leading desktop solution. Delivering unlimited monthly access to music on up to three V CAST Music with Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers, V CAST Music with Rhapsody lets customers who purchase music over-the-air download the master copy of the songs or albums to their PCs free of digital rights management (DRM) software that restricts how and where music can be played.
The company’s V CAST service offers customers the ability to play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to handsets. V CAST offers daily updated content so customers can watch dozens of on-demand video clips including weather, sports highlights, entertainment and breaking news.
Network Technology and Investment
Verizon Wireless’ broadband network is based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology and provides Verizon Wireless customers in north Alabama with speeds significantly faster than the company’s NationalAccess service, which was introduced in north Alabama in August of 2006.
The multi-million dollar expansion entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region. It is part of an ongoing network investment by Verizon Wireless, which has invested more than $45 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. In Alabama, the company has invested more than $40 million to date in 2008.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit the local Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Guntersville on Highway 431, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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.