Wireless Broadband Network Launches along Treasure Coast, Florida

Advanced Network Now Reaches From Vero Beach to Key West Along Florida's East Coast

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 8 -- Verizon Wireless has launched its high-speed wireless BroadbandAccess network along Florida's Treasure Coast to better serve residents, businesses and visitors in this highly mobile, rapidly growing region.

This advanced network allows customers to utilize the latest high-speed productivity and entertainment applications and services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices. This wireless broadband experience is made possible by the Verizon Wireless Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) technology, with typical connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps).

The multi-million dollar network expansion - which entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in dozens of wireless transmission sites - brings high-speed wireless services to the core areas of the Treasure Coast, from Fort Pierce to Vero Beach. With this most recent expansion, an additional 750 square miles of coverage have been added and 250,000 residents in the area now have access to the Verizon Wireless broadband service.

The new high-speed Treasure Coast network links up with the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess network in Martin and Palm Beach counties, serving customers along Florida's East Coast all the way to Key West. The high-speed wireless services also are available in other major markets across the state.

The expansion is part of an ongoing network investment by Verizon Wireless that has totaled more than $1 billion in the state and $30 billion nationally over the past six years.

"The Treasure Coast is an important growing market with many tech-savvy businesses and consumers here, and it also serves as a key corridor for travelers going up and down the East Coast," said Mike Lanman, Verizon Wireless Florida region president, from the company's Florida headquarters in Boca Raton. "We've invested heavily to be able to provide this area with access to the most advanced wireless services, such as BroadbandAccess and 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.

The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phones. With V CAST, customers can get short video content on-demand, including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. And music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone are able to download and play their favorite songs - all while on-the-go.

In addition to allowing advanced applications such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST, the network upgrade in the Treasure Coast will further strengthen the Verizon Wireless network in the event of emergencies. The network stood up well to the recent extraordinary storm seasons, while other communication networks sometimes suffered substantial disruptions.

"A strong, reliable wireless network is critical for the public in large- scale emergencies and every day," Lanman said. "Verizon Wireless will continue to take a leading role in public safety to serve residents, businesses and visitors locally and across the state."

Test Man Ride-Along Program

The specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse "conversations" and data transmissions. Members of the media who are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, please contact Chuck Hamby at 813-615-4803 or via e-mail at chuck.hamby@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 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.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Chuck Hamby
Verizon Wireless,

Web site: www.verizonwireless.com/

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