Verizon Adds 3G EVDO Rev-A In N. Minnesota and N.E. South Dakota

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Monday, 02 February 2009

Verizon Adds 3G EVDO Rev-A In Northern Minnesota and Northeastern South Dakota

  High-Speed Network Gives Verizon Wireless Customers Access to Fast Wireless Internet, Email, Full-track Songs, Videos and More

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 2 -- Verizon Wireless has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to northern Minnesota and northeastern South Dakota in former Unicel-branded market areas. The network upgrade offers consumers data speeds ten to fifteen times faster then the existing data network.

Verizon Wireless launched network operations and service on January 25 in these market areas, which were acquired through the company's purchase of Rural Cellular Corporation in August 2008.

"Our high-speed wireless network gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication--speed, mobility and security," said Nancy B. Clark, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "With these advantages, business customers and mobile professionals can increase productivity and see bottom-line business benefits. In addition, our V CAST services, such as V CAST Music with Rhapsody, help keep customers entertained while on the go--on the same devices they carry with them every day."

In northern Minnesota, new high-speed network coverage includes the following communities: Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Baxter, Cloquet, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, International Falls, Park Rapids, Thief River Falls and Wadena, as well as other locations. In northeastern South Dakota, new service areas include Watertown and its surrounding communities.

Mobile Broadband

The enhanced high-speed wireless service equips Verizon Wireless' business customers with 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. Mobile Broadband was developed with a range of users in mind, and it enables large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the Mobile Broadband coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

Customers in wireless broadband coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500 kbps to 800 kbps. That means they can download a 1 megabyte email attachment--the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file--in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.

V CAST Music with Rhapsody

The company's wireless broadband network powers its V CAST Music with Rhapsody service, which combines Verizon Wireless' world-class, over-the-air mobile music service with Rhapsody's leading desktop solution. V CAST with Rhapsody delivers unlimited monthly access to music on up to three Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players, and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers. With V CAST Music with Rhapsody, customers who purchase music over-the-air can download the master copy of the songs or albums to their PCs free of digital rights management (DRM) software that restricts how and where music can be played.


The company's V CAST service gives customers the ability to play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their handsets. V CAST offers content updated daily so customers can watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather updates, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.

Network Investment

This high-speed expansion is part of an ongoing network investment by Verizon Wireless, which has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed--$5.5 billion on average every year--to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. Last year, the company invested more than $85.7 million in Minnesota and more than $25.9 million in South Dakota in network improvements.

Existing Unicel customers who wish to take advantage of Mobile Broadband or V CAST services will need new handsets or data cards before the billing conversion to Verizon Wireless takes place on March 22.

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