Verizon Wireless Lauches Broadband Network Services in Victoria, Texas

(STT 09/29/2006) Customers Can Now Get High-Speed Wireless Internet and E-mail Services, Download Video Clips and Songs to Handsets

Jimmy Duvall

972-444-5515 Alison McMillon Weber Shandwick for Verizon Wireless 972-830-2812 09/28/2006

DALLAS, TX -- Verizon Wireless announced today it has launched its wireless broadband network in Victoria, Texas, allowing local customers to utilize the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices.

The expansion -- which entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region -- extends the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess network to Victoria. Hardware and software upgrades are complete, the system has been tested, and Victoria residents can now enjoy wireless broadband service on the state's most reliable network. The coverage area extends approximately from the junction of U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 77 in the west to the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Loop 115 in the east. From south to north, the coverage area reaches from the intersection of State Highway 185 and Bois d'Arc Road to the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and Tate Road.

"This expansion is part of our continuing focus on providing high-speed data services to our customers across the country and right here in Texas," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "This launch will offer access to the very latest wireless technology with 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.

This wireless broadband experience is made possible by the Verizon Wireless EV-DO (evolution-data optimized) technology, with typical connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps).

The technology was first introduced in Texas in Austin, and now also is available in the Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston and Beaumont 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 phone. 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 $30 billion into its network in the last six years -- $5 billion on average every year since 2000 when the company was formed -- to ensure network reliability and increase coverage and capacity.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 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

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