News Release

Verizon Wireless' Test Man Targets St. Louis Area

Network Improvements Result in Expanded Wireless Digital Coverage, Increased Call Capacity

July 13, 2003

Cheryl Bini
Cheryl.Bini@VerizonWireless.com
314-920-4922

ST. LOUIS, MO — Based on the findings of the company's local team of real "Can you hear me now?" Test Man experts, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading provider of wireless communications, has recently improved the digital service offered to its customers in the St. Louis area.

As a result of the upgrades to and expansion of Verizon Wireless' network in the area, the company's customers will experience clearer reception and fewer dropped calls. The improvements are part of the company's yearly multi-billion dollar nationwide network investment designed to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless' voice and data services.

Across the country, the real Test Men and Test Women travel the streets and highways of their assigned markets on a daily basis testing the company's network with $250,000 in sophisticated equipment installed in their vehicles. The tests discover areas where calls are likely to drop or not be completed, so that corrections and improvements can be made to the company's network coverage.

"Our television Test Man, with his signature 'Can you hear me now?' inquiry, represents our company's commitment-we never stop working for you," said Mark Crumpton, president — Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "We're focused on further improving our already outstanding network with the goal of providing our customers with the clearest calls possible and ensuring they never drop a call."

Recent network upgrades and expansion of the network have taken place in the following St. Louis-area locations:

  • Lambert International Airport: Travelers will notice improved coverage in the main terminal, baggage claim area and short-term parking garage.
  • Jefferson County: A significant footprint expansion added digital capabilities to existing analog coverage areas within Jefferson County. This footprint includes areas in and around High Ridge, Hillsboro, De Soto and Cedar Hill. In addition, new cell sites provide enhanced coverage along Highway 30 near Byrnes Mill and along Highway 21 near Otto.
  • St. Charles County: Additional cell sites provide both increased capacity and improved coverage near Lake St. Louis and Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters.
  • St. Louis City: Signal strength has been improved in the areas surrounding the intersections of Delmar/Grand and M.L. King/Union as a result of new cell sites.
  • St. Louis Metro East: New cell sites provide improved coverage in and around the Illinois towns of Beckemeyer and Hamel.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 million 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.  

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