News Release

Wireless Phone Users In Indianapolis, Indiana Now Experience Even Clearer Reception And Fewer Dropped Calls

Verizon Wireless Demonstrates Commitment to Network Reliability With New Cell Site and Other Upgrades in Central Indiana

October 11, 2005

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Lori Pugh
For Verizon Wireless
lpugh@hirons.com
317-977-2206 ext. 224

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site at Conseco Fieldhouse that enables more customers who visit the home of the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive TXT and Picture Messages, and download games and ring tones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The company also has installed additional equipment on several existing cell sites throughout Indianapolis.

Together, these network improvements enable Verizon Wireless to stay ahead of its growing customer base and increasing demand for its voice and data services in the following areas:

  • Downtown Indianapolis, including:
    o In and around Conseco Fieldhouse
    o RCA Dome
    o Indiana State Capitol
    o Victory Field
  • North side of Indianapolis, including:
    o Castleton
    o Nora
    o Homeplace

"Downtown Indianapolis is thriving with activity, and Hoosiers and visitors alike are enjoying everything our city has to offer," said Greg Haller, president—Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "Whether they're taking in a game at Conseco Fieldhouse or spending the evening relaxing at dinner and the theater, wireless phone users expect reliability when picking up their handsets to make calls or send text and picture messages. These network improvements demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the nation's most reliable wireless network."

Reliable service is fundamental to customer loyalty, and Verizon Wireless boasts the highest customer loyalty in the industry. During the second quarter of 2005, only 1.2 percent of its customers disconnected their service, which is well below the industry average.

"The value we offer our customers is closely tied to our industry-leading customer retention," Haller said. "Wireless consumers today understand that value is not defined by price alone. A major reason our customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us is because we offer the nation's most reliable network."

These recent improvements in Indianapolis are part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Indiana and across the country. Since its inception in 2000, the company has consistently spent more than $4 billion annually-and more than $5 billion last year-to expand and improve its network nationwide. Approximately $103 million of this investment was spent in 2004 to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in Indiana.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 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 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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