The network enhancements will launch initially in Massachusetts, including Boston and its suburbs, the Richmond and Hampton Roads, Virginia areas, Chicago and its suburbs and including Gary, Indiana, Salt Lake City and other cities in Utah, as well as in Florida throughout the state’s entire existing area of Verizon Wireless’ wireless broadband network.
Verizon Wireless also announced a new compact EV-DO Rev A Novatel USB720 wireless modem. The USB720 measures 3.52 x 1.49 x.69 inches (89.5 x 38 x 17.6 mm), weighs 1.6 ounces (45 g) and is "fully compatible" with the Verizon Wireless’ enhanced and existing wireless broadband networks and the company’s NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology). The modem has an advanced dual band diversity antenna system design with an integrated flip antenna and works with the Enterprise edition of VZAccess Manager software and supports Windows 2000, XP, and Vista, and Mac OS X.
Current subscribers to BroadbandAccess who purchase the new USB720 will be able to access Rev A speeds immediately with no additional charges. Customers with a Verizon Wireless voice plan of $39.99 or higher may sign up for unlimited BroadbandAccess with the new Rev. A speeds for an additional $59.99 monthly access. For customers without a voice plan, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access.
The USB720 is $149.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $199.99 with a new one-year customer agreement. The USB720 is available immediately through Verizon Wireless’ business sales channels and online at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. The device will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, inclusive of those in Circuit City, on February 20.