Verizon Wireless Launches High-Speed Wireless Network in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Surrounding Area

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

Download Video Clips and Songs to Handsets



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

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today has
 expanded the national rollout of its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third
 generation (3G) wide-area network to portions of Dauphin, Cumberland,
 Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties including Harrisburg, Carlisle,
 Hershey, Lebanon, Lancaster, Linglestown, Palmyra, Weigelstown and York.
     The launch of the wireless broadband network means Verizon Wireless
 customers in the Harrisburg area can access the company's high-speed
 business and entertainment network and enjoy two prime services.
 BroadbandAccess is the company's high-speed wireless service, with average
 user speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), geared toward mobile
 professionals and business customers. V CAST is a consumer-oriented
 multimedia service that offers music and short content on demand, including
 cutting-edge 3D games, music videos, news, weather, sports and more.
     The network expansion will equip Verizon Wireless' business customers
 to experience a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to
 wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, email and critical
 business information residing behind their companies' firewalls. With the
 added benefit of V CAST, consumers also now have access to the most
 comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the
 coolest 3D games found anywhere.
     BroadbandAccess
     BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate
 information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed
 wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a
 range of users in mind, the service 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.
     Business customers can access information when they are on the road -
 at customer locations, at job sites or in hotels - with BroadbandAccess.
 Customers can download a 1 Megabyte email attachment (for example, a small
 PowerPoint(R) presentation or large PDF file) or receive three digital
 pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 20 seconds. Also, customers
 who travel outside the BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device
 will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess
 network, in which customers experience average data transmission speeds
 between 60 and 80 kbps with bursts up to 144 kbps.
     "Our BroadbandAccess service gives our enterprise customers three key
 advantages in wireless communication - speed, mobility and security," said
 Roger Tang, president-Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "With
 these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business
 benefits."
     V CAST
     The company's high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia
 services, offering customers the ability to download full song tracks, play
 cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to the handset with
 top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch
 dozens of broadcasts, from breaking news and weather to sports highlights,
 the hottest entertainment clips and more.
     V CAST Music, available to customers with V CAST Music-enabled
 handsets, is the world's most comprehensive, over-the-air mobile music
 service. Customers with V CAST Music can download song tracks directly to
 their Verizon Wireless handsets or to PCs equipped with Windows(R) XP
 operating software. The V CAST Music on demand service includes access to a
 catalog of more than 1.4 million songs.
     Coverage
     In the Harrisburg area, Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess and V CAST
 service coverage spans approximately 883 square miles and covers routes
 surrounding the area, including Interstate 83 south from Harrisburg to
 York, Interstate 81 from Carlisle northeast to Linglestown, U.S. Route 422
 east to Palmyra, State Route 283 from Harrisburg south to Lancaster, and
 U.S. Route 30 from York east to Lancaster. Service is also available in the
 city of Lebanon.
     "Harrisburg and the surrounding communities are vital markets with
 tech- savvy businesses and consumers," Tang said. "The launch of our
 broadband network here provides our customers access to the very latest
 wireless technology."
     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
 that has totaled $30 billion nationally over the past six years. More than
 $117 million of this investment was spent in Pennsylvania in the first
 three quarters of 2006. Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless
 provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in
 the United States. The Harrisburg market is the latest to be added to
 Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network coverage area. Verizon Wireless' broadband
 network was introduced in Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in
 January 2005.
     Product Offering
     BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one-
 or two-year customer agreement. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless
 customers with an existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess
 service for $59.99 monthly access. A new two-year customer agreement is
 required. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option
 on select notebook computers, including laptops from Dell, Lenovo, HP and
 Toshiba.
     Wireless PC Cards for BroadbandAccess customers include the Verizon
 Wireless PC 5740, Verizon Wireless V620 and Kyocera KPC 650. A new Novatel
 Wireless V640 card is available for laptop owners with ExpressCard/34 or
 ExpressCard/54 slots rather than with a traditional PCMCIA slot.
     In addition, several handsets have the ability to "tether" to a
 laptop's USB port, with an optional Mobile Office Kit.
 BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs offered by Verizon Wireless include the
 Motorola QTM, the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 700w and the Palm Treo 700p. Popular
 BlackBerry(R) options include the new 8703e, the 7250 and 7130e.
     To access V CAST Music, video and games, customers need a V
 CAST-enabled handset and must be on a Verizon Wireless calling plan.
 Currently, nearly 20 music-capable handsets are available, including the
 popular Chocolate by LG, the Motorola RAZR V3m and MOTOKRZR K1m.
     Customers with a V CAST Music-enabled handset and a calling plan can
 pay as they go to download songs directly onto their phone for $1.99 per
 song plus airtime, download songs to their PC for as little as 99 cents,
 and transfer their existing compatible digital music collection to their V
 CAST Music- enabled handset or memory card for free from their PC.
 Purchases from the handset include two copies of every song - one for the
 handset, one for the PC.
     For more information, about Verizon Wireless products and services,
 visit a local Verizon Wireless Communications Store or go to
 http://www.verizonwireless.com.
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless
 network, serving 56.7 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in
 Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon
 Communications (NYSE:   VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:   VOD; London). Find more
 information on the Web at http://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 http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Wireless
    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today has
 expanded the national rollout of its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third
 generation (3G) wide-area network to portions of Dauphin, Cumberland,
 Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties including Harrisburg, Carlisle,
 Hershey, Lebanon, Lancaster, Linglestown, Palmyra, Weigelstown and York.
     The launch of the wireless broadband network means Verizon Wireless
 customers in the Harrisburg area can access the company's high-speed
 business and entertainment network and enjoy two prime services.
 BroadbandAccess is the company's high-speed wireless service, with average
 user speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), geared toward mobile
 professionals and business customers. V CAST is a consumer-oriented
 multimedia service that offers music and short content on demand, including
 cutting-edge 3D games, music videos, news, weather, sports and more.
     The network expansion will equip Verizon Wireless' business customers
 to experience a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to
 wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, email and critical
 business information residing behind their companies' firewalls. With the
 added benefit of V CAST, consumers also now have access to the most
 comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the
 coolest 3D games found anywhere.
     BroadbandAccess
     BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate
 information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed
 wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a
 range of users in mind, the service 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.
     Business customers can access information when they are on the road -
 at customer locations, at job sites or in hotels - with BroadbandAccess.
 Customers can download a 1 Megabyte email attachment (for example, a small
 PowerPoint(R) presentation or large PDF file) or receive three digital
 pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 20 seconds. Also, customers
 who travel outside the BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device
 will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess
 network, in which customers experience average data transmission speeds
 between 60 and 80 kbps with bursts up to 144 kbps.
     "Our BroadbandAccess service gives our enterprise customers three key
 advantages in wireless communication - speed, mobility and security," said
 Roger Tang, president-Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "With
 these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business
 benefits."
     V CAST
     The company's high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia
 services, offering customers the ability to download full song tracks, play
 cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to the handset with
 top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch
 dozens of broadcasts, from breaking news and weather to sports highlights,
 the hottest entertainment clips and more.
     V CAST Music, available to customers with V CAST Music-enabled
 handsets, is the world's most comprehensive, over-the-air mobile music
 service. Customers with V CAST Music can download song tracks directly to
 their Verizon Wireless handsets or to PCs equipped with Windows(R) XP
 operating software. The V CAST Music on demand service includes access to a
 catalog of more than 1.4 million songs.
     Coverage
     In the Harrisburg area, Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess and V CAST
 service coverage spans approximately 883 square miles and covers routes
 surrounding the area, including Interstate 83 south from Harrisburg to
 York, Interstate 81 from Carlisle northeast to Linglestown, U.S. Route 422
 east to Palmyra, State Route 283 from Harrisburg south to Lancaster, and
 U.S. Route 30 from York east to Lancaster. Service is also available in the
 city of Lebanon.
     "Harrisburg and the surrounding communities are vital markets with
 tech- savvy businesses and consumers," Tang said. "The launch of our
 broadband network here provides our customers access to the very latest
 wireless technology."
     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
 that has totaled $30 billion nationally over the past six years. More than
 $117 million of this investment was spent in Pennsylvania in the first
 three quarters of 2006. Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless
 provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in
 the United States. The Harrisburg market is the latest to be added to
 Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network coverage area. Verizon Wireless' broadband
 network was introduced in Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in
 January 2005.
     Product Offering
     BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one-
 or two-year customer agreement. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless
 customers with an existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess
 service for $59.99 monthly access. A new two-year customer agreement is
 required. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option
 on select notebook computers, including laptops from Dell, Lenovo, HP and
 Toshiba.
     Wireless PC Cards for BroadbandAccess customers include the Verizon
 Wireless PC 5740, Verizon Wireless V620 and Kyocera KPC 650. A new Novatel
 Wireless V640 card is available for laptop owners with ExpressCard/34 or
 ExpressCard/54 slots rather than with a traditional PCMCIA slot.
     In addition, several handsets have the ability to "tether" to a
 laptop's USB port, with an optional Mobile Office Kit.
 BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs offered by Verizon Wireless include the
 Motorola QTM, the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 700w and the Palm Treo 700p. Popular
 BlackBerry(R) options include the new 8703e, the 7250 and 7130e.
     To access V CAST Music, video and games, customers need a V
 CAST-enabled handset and must be on a Verizon Wireless calling plan.
 Currently, nearly 20 music-capable handsets are available, including the
 popular Chocolate by LG, the Motorola RAZR V3m and MOTOKRZR K1m.
     Customers with a V CAST Music-enabled handset and a calling plan can
 pay as they go to download songs directly onto their phone for $1.99 per
 song plus airtime, download songs to their PC for as little as 99 cents,
 and transfer their existing compatible digital music collection to their V
 CAST Music- enabled handset or memory card for free from their PC.
 Purchases from the handset include two copies of every song - one for the
 handset, one for the PC.
     For more information, about Verizon Wireless products and services,
 visit a local Verizon Wireless Communications Store or go to
 http://www.verizonwireless.com.
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless
 network, serving 56.7 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in
 Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon
 Communications (NYSE:   VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:   VOD; London). Find more
 information on the Web at http://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 http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
 
 SOURCE Verizon Wireless