Verizon Launches First 3G Data Network in the U.S.

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Date: Thursday, January 31st, 2002, 02:10
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U.S. mobile telephone giant Verizon Wireless launched its Express Network wireless data service that is the first, so-called, third generation (or “3G”) network in the United States. The service is not for mobile phones as originally rumored – at least not yet.

Sierra Aircard 555
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U.S. mobile telephone giant Verizon Wireless launched its Express Network wireless data service that is the first, so-called, third generation (or “3G”) network in the United States. The service is not for mobile phones as originally rumored – at least not yet.

Sierra Aircard 555
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Verizon’s Express Network service is a new packet data network that will allow enterprise and corporate users to access their LANs and the Internet at speeds that reportedly burst up to 144 Mbps. Average data rates are expected to be between 40 and 60 kbps. The network uses the 1XRTT network which is also known as CDMA2000.

Since Ricochet is no longer, Express Network may provide a viable alternative. It may also be a solution for users needing broadband that are without DSL, cable or satellite.

The 1XRTT network is available now in the Northeast U.S. from Norfolk VA, to Portland ME, Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area and in Salt Lake City, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Verizon on pricing: “Customers with a monthly digital voice calling plan of $35 or more can sign up for the Express Network, which lets customers use any of their airtime allowance minutes for voice or data, for an additional $30 per month. Verizon Wireless also anticipates introducing plans based on kilobyte usage in the near future for customers and enterprises that prefer such pricing.”

The first hardware available for the new network is the Sierra Wireless AirCard 555 (above) which retails for US$300. The Sierra press release has more details.

The AirCard 555 is currently available through Verizon Wireless by calling 800 308 DATA. For additional information, please call 604-232-1488 or email sales@sierrawireless.com.

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