News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network In Southern Illinois

Three Newly Activated Cell Sites Enhance Network Services For Customers

January 16, 2005

Cheryl Bini
Cheryl.Bini@VerizonWireless.com
314-920-4922Caroline Villanueva
For Verizon Wireless
caroline@sequel-llc.com
314-725-5645

CARBONDALE, IL — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service throughout southern Illinois, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with three new cell sites. The new sites improve network coverage and capacity in the following southern Illinois areas:

  • North of Pyramid State Park along routes 154 and 127 in Pinckneyville
  • Along Route 13 in the Crab Orchard area
  • Near Highway 51 and Giant City State Park in Makanda

The network improvements were part of a $91 million investment in 2004 to improve the company's wireless network in the Kansas/Missouri/Southern Illinois Region.

"These improvements ensure that our customers in southern Illinois have superior coverage," said Mark Crumpton, president—Kansas/Missouri/Southern Illinois Region, Verizon Wireless. "During the past four years, we have invested more than $16 billion in our national network. We are committed to offering customers the most extensive and reliable wireless voice and data network in the United States."

The addition of these new cell sites is part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in the southern Illinois area for the company's voice and data services, such as TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, NationalAccess wireless Internet access and Get It Now® ring tones, games, productivity applications and more.

As consumer demand for Verizon Wireless services continued throughout 2004, the company added a record 1.7 million new customers, more than any other wireless provider, and reached an all-time industry record for the second consecutive quarter. In September 2004, Verizon Wireless announced the company served 42.1 million customers nationwide.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us because they know they'll get wireless service they can depend on," said Crumpton. "The company's continued investment in its premier wireless network and its focus on strong customer service are the drivers behind the industry-leading growth."

The company's investment in its wireless network also is part of Verizon Wireless' commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available in the nation today. The company's 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. These test men and women are Verizon Wireless engineers who make more than 300,000 test calls monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while they travel more than 100,000 miles nationwide in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

Test Man Ride-Along Program for the News Media
Specially-equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test the networks of as many as eight wireless providers, using a mobile laptop computer to generate phonically diverse "conversations." If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your locally based Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Cheryl Bini Armbrecht at 314-920-4922.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 42.1 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.

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