DALLAS, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- More East Texas residents can now utilize the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices. Verizon Wireless announced today it has launched its wireless broadband network in Longview to better serve local businesses, residents and college students. The continued expansion of the Verizon Wireless Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout Longview. Now, residents and visitors to East Texas have a reliable network for high-speed business and entertainment services. Kilgore and Lakeport are included in the Longview wireless broadband network expansion, and today Verizon Wireless also launched its EV-DO network in Tyler, Whitehouse and Noonday. The Longview EV-DO coverage area reaches along US Highway 80 at Sun Camp Road eastward to Lansing Switch Road and from US Highway 259 at Hamby Road in the north to the junction at Peterson Road in Kilgore. The EV-DO coverage also reaches south of Lakeport to the intersection of State Highway 322 and FM 349. "Verizon Wireless is very pleased to provide Longview, a city known for being big on service, the best high-speed data services on the most reliable network," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Longview businesses can now enable mobile workers with BroadbandAccess, and Kilgore students are sure to enjoy the over-the-air downloads available on V CAST Music and video." BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. This wireless broadband experience is made possible by the Verizon Wireless EV-DO technology, with typical connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps). The Verizon Wireless EV-DO technology was first introduced in Texas in Austin, and is also available in the Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Victoria, Laredo, Sherman/Denison, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, Bryan/College Station, Waco, Tyler, Wichita Falls, Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley metro areas. The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music, and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phones. V CAST provides current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming on demand. And with access to more than 1.4 million songs, music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone can download and play their favorite songs -- all while on-the-go. Verizon Wireless has invested $35 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. Customers in Longview can see a demonstration of the new services available by visiting a local Verizon Wireless store at: -- Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 3500 McCann Road, 903-753-6370 -- Verizon Wireless at Circuit City, 406 W. Loop 281, 903-234-2334 About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 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 60,000 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.
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