Irvine, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–December 17, 2004–Verizon Wireless announced today the extension of its BroadbandAccess service to nearly all of Los Angeles County and, for the first time, portions of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. BroadbandAccess, now covering nearly 4,400 square miles of Southern California, is the fastest wide-area wireless Internet access service available in the nation with typical user download speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps).
“In BroadbandAccess cities wireless consumers are no longer restrained by the limitations of technologies that anchor them to wireless ‘hot spots’ inside hotel lobbies and coffee shops to get high Internet access speeds,” said Jonathan LeCompte, acting regional president, Verizon Wireless. “That’s because BroadbandAccess is about miles of coverage, not square feet.”
BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information, just as if they were attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, BroadbandAccess allows large enterprises, small-medium businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.
In Southern California, BroadbandAccess is now available throughout Orange County; nearly all of Los Angeles and San Diego Counties; and, portions of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. In Los Angeles County, BroadbandAccess is now available as far north as Burbank, Pasadena and Claremont; as far west as Panorama City, Van Nuys and Santa Monica; as far south as Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach and Catalina Island; and as far east as Diamond Bar, Norwalk and Hawaiian Gardens. In addition, BroadbandAccess subscribers can now use the service in Riverside County in, around and between the cities of Bermuda Dunes, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Cathedral City. In San Bernardino County, BroadbandAccess is available in and around the city of Lake Arrowhead.
In addition to its ongoing annual capital investment program to build network capacity and coverage, Verizon Wireless expects to invest $1 billion through 2005 to further deploy its EV-DO technology nationally. For the past 4 years, Verizon Wireless has committed $4 billion annually to its capital investment program. In California, the company has invested $3 billion in its network since the company was founded in mid-2000.
BroadbandAccess service is priced at $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a 1- or 2-year customer agreement. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with unlimited use data plans can buy the BroadbandAccess PC 5220 card for $49.99 with a 2-year customer agreement or $99.99 with a 1-year customer agreement after $150 mail-in rebate.
For more information on BroadbandAccess and Verizon Wireless data services, please visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2-JOIN-IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.
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As of Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess is available in the following major metropolitan areas:
— Austin, Texas
— Dallas/Ft. Worth
— Kansas City, Kan./Mo.
— Las Vegas
— Los Angeles
— Madison, Wis.
— Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
— New Orleans
— New York
— San Diego
— Tampa, Fla.
— Washington, D.C.
— West Palm Beach, Fla.
Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess is also available in the following airports:
— Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta)
— Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin, Texas)
— Baltimore-Washington International Airport (Baltimore)
— Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Dallas/Fort Worth)
— Love Field Airport (Dallas)
— George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)
— William P. Hobby Airport (Houston)
— Jacksonville International Airport (Jacksonville, Fla.)
— Kansas City International Airport (Kansas City, Mo.)
— McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
— Los Angeles International Airport (Los Angeles)
— Dane County Regional Airport (Madison, Wis.)
— Miami International Airport (Miami)
— General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee)
— Louis Armstrong International Airport (New Orleans)
— Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, N.J.)
— Orlando International Airport (Orlando, Fla.)
— Philadelphia International Airport (Philadelphia)
— Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix)
— Pittsburgh International Airport (Pittsburgh)
— San Diego International Airport (San Diego)
— John Wayne-Orange County Airport (Santa Ana, Calif.)
— Tampa International Airport (Tampa, Fla.)
— Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Washington, D.C.)
— Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington, D.C.)
— Palm Beach International Airport (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation’s most reliable wireless network, serving 42.1 million voice and data customers. With headquarters in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD)(LSE:VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto http://www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.
Carlos G. Giron, 949-286-8194