Verizon Wireless Launches Broadband Network, Services in Longview, Texas

Customers Can Now Get High-Speed Wireless Internet and E-mail Services,

Download Video Clips and Songs to Handsets

Nov 20, 2006, 00:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

    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 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

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