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Verizon Wireless and Lenovo Team to Provide Integrated High-Speed Wireless Notebook Connectivity

   

BEDMINSTER, N.J. —Verizon Wireless and Lenovo have announced plans to integrate wireless technology using Verizon Wireless' Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) network in upcoming versions of ThinkPad notebooks, beginning with the new ThinkPad Z60m available Oct. 11. EV-DO-based high-speed WWAN transmits data at average speeds between 400-700kbps.

For the first time, PC users will have wireless broadband access across the Verizon Wireless' nationwide EV-DO network — the largest high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States — without a separate PC card or additional hardware. Verizon Wireless' network runs on EV-DO technology licensed from Qualcomm.

Through the relationship, ThinkPad notebooks will be preconfigured for Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network that delivers a more pervasive and secure Internet connection than traditional WiFi, enabling access in more than 60 major metropolitan areas and airports. Users will no longer need to be centrally located near wireless hubs, or WiFi "hot spots," an ideal situation for mobile and small business professionals who are on the go and often located in areas where WiFi hot spots are not readily available.

ThinkPad notebooks are already recognized as having the industry's most advanced security features. Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network provides an additional layer of security with technology that encrypts each wireless transmission, providing a connection more secure than traditional WiFi hotspots.

ThinkPad notebooks with integrated WWAN and EV-DO capabilities will enable IT departments to avoid hardware incompatibility issues, plus they can expect less hardware to troubleshoot and replace — as no PC card is necessary for connection — and improved data security for employees who frequently travel.

"As we continue to build out our wireless broadband network, we're focusing on developing products and services for today's enterprise customers and mobile professionals," said John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Our relationship with Lenovo is part of our strategic plan to help serve these customers in a way that streamlines the purchasing process and gives them new wireless options to help them work more productively."

With the upcoming ThinkPad notebooks, customers with any monthly Verizon Wireless voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess for $59.99 monthly access with a two-year customer agreement. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a one- or two-year customer agreement. ThinkPad customers will need to contact Verizon Wireless to set up their service.[1]

For more information on Verizon Wireless EV-DO products and services, including BroadbandAccess, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com . Business customers can contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ. # # #

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com . To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia .

About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992)(ADR: LNVGY) is the world's third-largest personal computing company. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina, and develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services. For more information, see www.lenovo.com .

[1]Activating Verizon Wireless Service: Lenovo customers will be contacted after purchase to activate Verizon Wireless service. Wireless data service requires separate agreement with Verizon Wireless; service and airtime charges will apply. Roaming charges may also apply. Verizon Wireless, not Lenovo, is solely responsible for service. Service not available in all areas; purchaser is responsible for verifying that service is available for the intended location before purchasing a computer equipped with WAN card. For complete details, visit www.verizonwireless.com .