News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands its Network in Joplin, Missouri

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling and Multimedia, Internet Access

May 31, 2005

Cheryl Bini
Cheryl.Bini@VerizonWireless.com
314-920-4922Tricia Jaworski
Tricia@morningstarcomm.com
913-851-8700 ext. 59

JOPLIN, MO — In its continuing effort to provide the best wireless service in Joplin, Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with two new cell sites.

Activation of the new cell sites enhances network coverage and capacity in the following areas:

  • North along Maple Road, County Road 227 and Highway 71 at Brooklyn Heights
  • South along North Madison, Carl Junction Road, Dogwood Road and County Road 190
  • West along County Road 260, Highway 96, Highway 71 and Highway HH 
  • East along Country Road 185, Highway 96, Highway HH and Country Road 170

The new cell sites are part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in Joplin and nationwide for the company's popular voice and data services, including TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, NationalAccess wireless Internet access and Get It Now® ringtones, ringback tones, games, productivity applications and more.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us because they know they'll get wireless service they can depend on," said Mark Crumpton, president—Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "The company's investment in its nationwide wireless network and its focus on strong customer service are the drivers behind our industry-leading growth."

Since its inception, the company has consistently spent more than $4 billion every year-and more than $5 billion last year-to expand and enhance its network nationwide. Approximately $91 million of this investment was spent in 2004 to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the Kansas/Missouri Region.

EDITORS NOTE: Test Man Ride-Along Program for the News Media
Specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test the Verizon Wireless network and the networks of as many as seven other wireless providers, using a mobile laptop computer to generate phonically diverse "conversations." If one of your reporters is interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your locally based Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Tricia Jaworski at 913-851-8700 ext. 59.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., 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 receive 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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