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Verizon Wireless last week announced its Mobile Messenger service that lets users send and receive text messages using wireless handsets. The service is available in more than 200 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Customers pay $3 per month for 100 messages or $8 per month for 600 messages sent and received. This cost is on top of their standard monthly service agreement.

Verizon Wireless:

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Vitts

Networks is not closing up shop as the company had announced recently. The Manchester, N.H., competitive local exchange carrier, which serves more than 20,000 customers in New England, now says it has obtained enough funding to continue operating past Feb. 28, the date the firm had given as its last day.

Vitts' Web site is back up, and the company says it will continue to seek funding that would allow it to stay in business long-term.

Vitts: www.vitts.com

Global Crossing, the multinational service provider that is building a fiber-optic network around the world, recently announced it has completed another large network segment. The carrier's network now connects the U.S. and Mexico to Central America and the Caribbean. This segment is called the Pan-American Crossing.

The network, which will comprise 100,000 route fiber miles and connect 27 countries, is expected to be completed midyear.

Global Crossing: www.globalcrossing.com

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