News Release

New Mexico Residents And Visitors Can Make More Calls

Verizon Wireless Adds New Cell Site In Santa Fe And Two Sites Along Interstate 25

April 17, 2006

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Verizon Wireless expanded its network in the first quarter with three key cell sites in New Mexico.

As a result of the new cell sites, network coverage and capacity have been improved in the following areas:

  • In north Santa Fe with coverage along US Highway 285 and at the Santa Fe Opera.
  • Along Interstate 25 in Sierra County near Truth or Consequences. The two new sites provide additional coverage and capacity along the major transportation corridor for motorists traveling between Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

"Verizon Wireless leads in customer loyalty* for a very good reason--customers know they can count on our network reliability," said Tony Heyman, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

"We've invested more than $150 million in our wireless network in New Mexico and El Paso over the past five years to stay ahead of the growth in demand for our products and services."

The company invested $30 billion in the last six years — $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

The company's 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the "Can you hear me now? Good®" national advertising campaign. These engineers conduct more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles a month in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

* Loyalty claims based upon publicly-available churn (customer turnover) figures.

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Jenny Weaver at 480-763-6321 or jenny.weaver@verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD and LSE). 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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