News Release

Verizon Wireless Upgrades Digital Network In West Virginia

Area Customers to Benefit from Cell Site Enhancements

January 4, 2005

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605Patricia Quolke
For Verizon Wireless
pquolke@adelphia.net
412-563-0367

WARRENDALE, PA — To stay ahead of its growing customer base and demand for its voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has upgraded three cell sites in northern West Virginia. Improvements have been made at the following cell site locations:

  • Marshall County
  • Ravenswood
  • Weston

These enhancements increase the strength of the Verizon Wireless network signal and enable more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently. As a result, Verizon Wireless customers will experience fewer dropped calls and clearer reception while talking on their wireless phones, handling data applications (such as TXT and Picture Messaging) or downloading games and ringtones with the company's Get It Now® services.

"These network enhancements reflect our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and to provide them with the high quality of service they expect from Verizon Wireless." said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless.

Enhancements to these cell sites are part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in the region and across the country. In 2004, Verizon Wireless spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars to enhance its network in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Nationwide, the company invests about $1 billion every 90 days to improve and expand what is already the most reliable wireless network in the United States.

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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