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Verizon Wireless Lights ‘EV-DO’ in Salt Lake

12/29/2005 4:15 AM Eastern

Verizon Wireless is continuing the rollout march for its third-generation “Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO)” broadband network, announcing that it has started offering service in the Salt Lake City metro area.

Verizon Wireless is offering the enterprise-oriented “BroadbandAccess” Internet-access service and the consumer-aimed “V CAST” broadband-multimedia-content service starting in Salt Lake City, with service expansion planned along the Wasatch Front from Ogden to Payson, Utah.

The regional Bell operating company’s EV-DO network is now available in 180 major metro areas, passing 150 million potential customers.

BroadbandAccess offers EV-DO broadband connections with downstream line speeds averaging from 400 kilobits per second to 700 kbps, with burst speeds ranging higher. Customers can tap the service using either EV-DO capable personal digital assistants or through PC cards attached to laptops.

As part of the Salt Lake City rollout, Verizon Wireless is offering the service to voice customers for a $59.99-per-month subscription with a one- or two-year customer-service agreement or for $79.99 to subscribers who don’t opt for cellular voice service through March 31.

Customers can tap into the network via an EV-DO card for use in laptops or through a lineup of six EV-DO-enabled cellular telephones.

The V CAST service, meanwhile, offers a lineup of video content including news, weather, sports and entertainment programming, as well as 3-D games, for a $15 monthly subscription. Customers can access the content through a lineup of EV-DO-capable cell phones.

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