3G Wireless Handset by LG InfoComm Successfully Demonstrated On Verizon Wireless cdma2000 1X Field Trial Network

LG's Commercial-Grade 1X Handset Ready for Carrier's Full Service Launch



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

    BEDMINSTER, N.J., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the nation's
 largest wireless service provider, today announced it is testing a cdma2000
 1X compatible handset from LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc., a worldwide provider of
 communications equipment and solutions, on its field trial network.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/VERILOGO-a
             http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/VERILOGO-b )
     Verizon Wireless is currently upgrading its network's base stations and
 switches with cdma2000 1X circuit cards and software and plans to begin
 phasing in commercial 3G services to its customers later this year.  3G 1X
 will provide wireless data access rates up to 144 kilobits per second.
     The LG InfoComm tri-mode phone, to be introduced as VZW520, is being
 tested on the carrier's cdma2000 1X field test system in Maple Shade, N.J. and
 in the Verizon Wireless handset laboratory.  The VZW520 is capable of
 operating on 800 MHz and 1.9 GHz bands on Verizon Wireless' CDMA network and
 is designed to provide seamless access to Verizon Wireless' premier,
 coast-to-coast network.
     "We are encouraged with the performance of the VZW520 in the field," said
 Rich Meigh, Verizon Wireless staff vice president -- wireless devices.  "This
 bodes well for the introduction of high speed wireless services as planned
 later this year."
     "LG InfoComm and Verizon Wireless have forged a strong relationship built
 around our handsets that combine innovative features with desirable form
 factors," said Steve Klar, director of sales for LG InfoComm USA, Inc.  "We
 are pleased Verizon Wireless has selected the LG-TM520 for testing on its 3G
 network.  Whether it's used for data or voice, the successfully tested
 LG-TM520 will bring Verizon Wireless customers a new level of functionality in
 an affordable, ultra-compact phone."
 
     VZW520
     The VZW520 is designed to be compact without sacrificing smart phone
 features and battery life.  The handset measures 3.2 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches and
 weighs 3.8 ounces, and provides 200 minutes of talk time and 350 hours of
 standby while in digital mode using the standard battery.  It is Wireless
 Application Protocol (WAP) enabled and has full personal information
 management (PIM) functionality, providing both an address book and scheduler
 with PC synchronization capability.
     For interface, the VZW520 has a four-way navigation key and utilizes the
 Tegic T9(TM) text input system and the UP 4.1 WAP browser.  The phone's
 interior display is a high-resolution LCD capable of displaying five lines of
 data plus one line of icons.
     Additional features of the handset include Sound Caller ID, four level
 vibration alert, voice mail and text notification, voice-activated dialing,
 voice recording, voice privacy, a 199-record phone book with 5 entries per
 record, 2-way SMS, dual language with T9(TM) and support for MSM 5105 and
 OTASP/PA (IS-683A).
 
     Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with 28 million wireless voice and data customers.  The coast-to-coast
 wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless
 businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) and Vodafone
 (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE
 Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications.  Verizon Wireless has a
 footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top
 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.  The company, headquartered in
 Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong.  Reporters and editors can find
 more information about the company on the Web at
 http://www.verizonwireless.com.
 
     LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc.
     Headquartered in San Diego, California, LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc., is the
 North American wireless division of LGE USA, a business unit of LG Electronics
 of Seoul, Korea.  With annual sales of $14.5 billion, LGE employs over
 6000 individuals and operates research and development, manufacturing, and
 sales and marketing facilities around the world.   The company has sold more
 than 10 million digital handsets worldwide, including a line of award-winning
 mobile phones.  LGE lays claim to being the first manufacturer to
 commercialize the CDMA digital mobile communication system with its support of
 the launch of the SK Telecom Network in Korea.  For more information visit the
 company's Web site at http://www.lginfocomm.com.
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Wireless
    BEDMINSTER, N.J., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the nation's
 largest wireless service provider, today announced it is testing a cdma2000
 1X compatible handset from LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc., a worldwide provider of
 communications equipment and solutions, on its field trial network.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/VERILOGO-a
             http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/VERILOGO-b )
     Verizon Wireless is currently upgrading its network's base stations and
 switches with cdma2000 1X circuit cards and software and plans to begin
 phasing in commercial 3G services to its customers later this year.  3G 1X
 will provide wireless data access rates up to 144 kilobits per second.
     The LG InfoComm tri-mode phone, to be introduced as VZW520, is being
 tested on the carrier's cdma2000 1X field test system in Maple Shade, N.J. and
 in the Verizon Wireless handset laboratory.  The VZW520 is capable of
 operating on 800 MHz and 1.9 GHz bands on Verizon Wireless' CDMA network and
 is designed to provide seamless access to Verizon Wireless' premier,
 coast-to-coast network.
     "We are encouraged with the performance of the VZW520 in the field," said
 Rich Meigh, Verizon Wireless staff vice president -- wireless devices.  "This
 bodes well for the introduction of high speed wireless services as planned
 later this year."
     "LG InfoComm and Verizon Wireless have forged a strong relationship built
 around our handsets that combine innovative features with desirable form
 factors," said Steve Klar, director of sales for LG InfoComm USA, Inc.  "We
 are pleased Verizon Wireless has selected the LG-TM520 for testing on its 3G
 network.  Whether it's used for data or voice, the successfully tested
 LG-TM520 will bring Verizon Wireless customers a new level of functionality in
 an affordable, ultra-compact phone."
 
     VZW520
     The VZW520 is designed to be compact without sacrificing smart phone
 features and battery life.  The handset measures 3.2 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches and
 weighs 3.8 ounces, and provides 200 minutes of talk time and 350 hours of
 standby while in digital mode using the standard battery.  It is Wireless
 Application Protocol (WAP) enabled and has full personal information
 management (PIM) functionality, providing both an address book and scheduler
 with PC synchronization capability.
     For interface, the VZW520 has a four-way navigation key and utilizes the
 Tegic T9(TM) text input system and the UP 4.1 WAP browser.  The phone's
 interior display is a high-resolution LCD capable of displaying five lines of
 data plus one line of icons.
     Additional features of the handset include Sound Caller ID, four level
 vibration alert, voice mail and text notification, voice-activated dialing,
 voice recording, voice privacy, a 199-record phone book with 5 entries per
 record, 2-way SMS, dual language with T9(TM) and support for MSM 5105 and
 OTASP/PA (IS-683A).
 
     Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with 28 million wireless voice and data customers.  The coast-to-coast
 wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless
 businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) and Vodafone
 (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE
 Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications.  Verizon Wireless has a
 footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top
 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.  The company, headquartered in
 Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong.  Reporters and editors can find
 more information about the company on the Web at
 http://www.verizonwireless.com.
 
     LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc.
     Headquartered in San Diego, California, LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc., is the
 North American wireless division of LGE USA, a business unit of LG Electronics
 of Seoul, Korea.  With annual sales of $14.5 billion, LGE employs over
 6000 individuals and operates research and development, manufacturing, and
 sales and marketing facilities around the world.   The company has sold more
 than 10 million digital handsets worldwide, including a line of award-winning
 mobile phones.  LGE lays claim to being the first manufacturer to
 commercialize the CDMA digital mobile communication system with its support of
 the launch of the SK Telecom Network in Korea.  For more information visit the
 company's Web site at http://www.lginfocomm.com.
 
 SOURCE  Verizon Wireless

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