Verizon Spreads Its 3G Coverage

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Verizon Wireless this week said its 3G service will be available in 14 U.S. markets and 20 airports on September 27.

Verizon Wireless's BroadbandAccess service, which is based on CDMA EV-DO technology, is already turned on in San Diego and Washington, D.C.

Next Monday, it will also be offered in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami/Fort Lauderdale; Milwaukee; New York; Philadelphia; Tampa, Florida; and West Palm Beach, Florida. It will also be available in more than 20 major airports across the country at that time.

The service features download speeds of 300 kilobits per second to 500 kbps and bursts up to 2 mbps.

More to Come

Verizon Wireless said it expects to invest $1 billion through 2005 to deploy its EV-DO technology nationally. For the past four years, Verizon Wireless said it has committed $4 billion annually to its capital investment program.

Business customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will drop down to Verizon Wireless' NationalAccess service, which is based on 1xRTT technology.

NationalAccess supports speeds of 60 kbps to 80 kbps with bursts up to 144 kbps.

BroadbandAccess service is priced at $80 monthly for unlimited use with a one- or two-year customer agreement. Through December 31, Verizon Wireless customers with unlimited-use data plans can buy the BroadbandAccess PC 5220 card for $100 after $150 rebate with a two-year customer agreement, or $150 after $100 rebate with a one-year customer agreement.

This story, "Verizon Spreads Its 3G Coverage" was originally published by Network World.

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