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Verizon Doles Out New Data, Push E-Mail Services

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 3:27pm
Karen Brown

Verizon Wireless is hoping to better sync up with business customers, rolling out a new set of enterprise data pricing packages as well as new push e-mail services from software partner Intellisync.

The new pricing packages include dropping the cost of NationalAccess data service $20 to $59.99 monthly. NationalAccess provides Internet, e-mail and applications access with connections averaging 60 to 80 kbps bursting up to 144 kbps on Verizon’s 1XRTT network. The 1XRTT network is available in thousands of cities across the nation.

The EV-DO-driven BroadbandAccess service, meanwhile, will now be offered at $79.99 monthly. It offers data speeds averaging between 400 and 700 kbps, with bursts up to 2 Mb/s in 30 markets. Customers who use the service outside of those markets can access the 1XRTT network as a fallback.

Verizon also is adding BlackBerry and PDA/smartphone data service plans to its enterprise lineup. Customers who buy these handsets can choose from a 10 MB data plan for $29.99 monthly or an unlimited plan for $49.99. Customers opting for a data plan along with an America’s Choice voice plan will receive a $5 discount.

On the e-mail front, Verizon has added a new push service using software provided by Intellisync. The service includes Wireless Sync Workgroup software, which offers push e-mail, calendar and personal information to as many as 20 users. It can be downloaded and installed on a standard PC to monitor e-mail and personal information management (PIM) elements for Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino e-mail and then deliver the information to palmOne Treo, PocketPC or other devices.

The Wireless Sync Enterprise Server provides the same services for larger enterprises with thousands of users. It also offers device management tools, including the ability to disable handsets if they are lost or stolen via over-the-air software commands.

“The Wireless Sync Enterprise Server is the next step for Verizon Wireless to provide our business customers a full feature Enterprise E-mail solution,” said Lee Daniels, Verizon’s director of business products and solutions, in a press release. “Wireless Sync – powered by Intellisync – is becoming one of the most reliable, secure and scalable wireless software brands in the market, one that business customers need.”

Wireless Sync Workgroup and Enterprise server options can deliver push e-mail to palmOne Treo 650 smartphones as well as the Samsung SCH-i730, which is set for release this summer.

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