BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless has been selected as the world's best wireless data service provider in the 2009 "Best in Business Travel" Awards chosen by the readers of Business Traveler magazine. The honor is based on the magazine's survey of its readers and their opinions on the companies that have made business travel easier and more productive.
"The continued recognition from Business Traveler readers of our international data services is a strong validation that our efforts to extend our best-in-class domestic services to business customers to stay connected and productive while traveling abroad are working," said John Mara, director for global services for Verizon Wireless. "For many business customers, travel is critical to their jobs, and we believe they should maintain the ability to access corporate data and the Internet wherever business takes them."
Verizon Wireless helps customers who travel for business stay connected to data in more than 195 destinations, over 85 of which offer 3G speeds, with the following global data services:
- GlobalEmail Business customers can access their corporate LAN e-mail and attachments as well as their personal or POP3 e-mail accounts on global-capable devices. GlobalEmail offers one flat-rate data pricing plan that includes Web browsing, picture messaging and Visual Voice Mail in the United States and overseas. Plans are available for $69.99 for monthly access for a stand-alone data plan and $64.99 for monthly access when added to any voice plan.
- GlobalAccess Verizon Wireless customers who carry laptops for business trips abroad can use GlobalAccess to get their e-mail, corporate intranet applications and more. The high-speed global wireless wide-area network solution gives business travelers connectivity while traveling in parts of Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Europe. Customers can choose from monthly GlobalAccess plans for $129.99 or $219.99 for monthly access or pay-per-use with the purchase of a $59.99 monthly access Mobile Broadband service plan in the United States.
- Built-in GlobalAccess Verizon Wireless also offers GlobalAccess built in to select laptops for streamlined global mobile broadband access on CDMA 1X/EV-DO, GSM, and 3G UMTS wireless networks. This embedded solution detects the network technology available where the customer is working and seamlessly transitions the configurations to provide high-speed access to the Internet, calendars, e-mail and other business-related information residing behind the corporate firewall.
- International Text Messaging While traveling outside the United States and Canada, Verizon Wireless customers can send text messages for $0.50 each and receive text messages for $0.05 each. These text messages do not count against customers' text messaging monthly bundled allowances.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers should call 1-800-VZW-4BIZ or contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative. For more information on Verizon Wireless' international services, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/goglobal.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.
About Business Traveler Magazine With ten editions worldwide and over 500,000 readers, Business Traveler is the world's leading publication geared towards frequent business travelers. BT offers practical travel resources, destination features, first-hand reviews, convention city reports and a series of special supplements, including the annual business-class airline comparison study. In addition to BT's monthly features, visitor guides, lifestyle reports and weekend guides, each issue also includes special reports ranging from business etiquette tips to preventing identity theft and the growing trend of mixing business with vacations. Visit www.btusonline.com.####