Verizon Wireless changes pricing for business data services


Verizon Wireless this week changed pricing on data services for enterprise customers and unveiled software services to push wireless e-mail to work groups and large enterprises.

The new data pricing is available to enterprise customers of Verizon Wireless' NationalAccess and BroadbandAccess services. NationalAccess allows customers to access the Internet, an intranet, e-mail, attachments and business applications from their laptops at average speeds of 60K to 80K bit/sec, and bursts of up to 144K bit/sec.

BroadbandAccess is Verizon Wireless' premier EV-DO-based data service, offering customers average speeds of 400K to 700K bit/sec, capable of bursts up to 2M bit/sec.

Unlimited use of NationalAccess is now $60 for monthly access, a savings of $20 a month, while unlimited use of BroadbandAccess remains $80 per month. Customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device can switch to NationalAccess network coverage.

Verizon Wireless is also introducing new BlackBerry & PDA/Smartphone data service plans for customers with handheld devices. Customers purchasing any Verizon Wireless Blackberry or PDA/Smartphone have the option of data plans that include 10M bytes for $30 or unlimited data service for $50. This is double the previous offer of 5M bytes for $30.

Customers adding data plans to any America's Choice voice plan of $40 or higher will receive a $5 discount on their chosen data plan.

The software services, provided by Intellisync, are called Wireless Sync Work Group and Wireless Sync Enterprise Server. Wireless Sync Workgroup pushes Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino groupware-based e-mail, calendars, contacts and tasks to up to 20 users of Treo, PocketPC or Smartphone devices.

Wireless Sync Enterprise Server is capable of scaling to support thousands of users, Verizon Wireless says. It provides secure mobile data delivery for e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and other enterprise data to Verizon Wireless Smartphones and PDAs. Wireless Sync Enterprise Server also enables enterprises to secure mobile devices and disable lost or stolen devices over-the-air, the carrier says. 

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