News Release

Union County, New Jersey Residents to Benefit from Verizon Wireless Network Expansion

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access and Music

November 26, 2006

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Kimberly Ancin
kimberly.ancin@vivianipr.com  
845-429-3839

MORRISTOWN, NJ — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents, commuters and visitors in Union County, New Jersey, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with two new cell sites.

The new Union County cell sites will improve network coverage and capacity in the following areas:

  • In Scotch Plains, along Raritan Road and Martine Avenue as well as Ash Brook Swamp Reservation, Shackamaxon Golf Club and Tamaques Park.
  •  In Plainfield, along portions of Watchung, Park, South and Madison avenues, and East Front Street.

Verizon Wireless invested $2 billion to enhance its New York Metro area network and more than $30 billion across the nation in the past six years to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services, like TXT Messaging and Picture Messaging; VZ Navigator, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions; and V CAST Music which allows customers to download full songs directly to their V CAST-capable wireless phones and Microsoft® Windows® XP-based PCs."

"Reliable networks are not built overnight," said Charles Hand, president of the company's New York Metro Region. "Our New York customers are among the most demanding and tech savvy in the nation and Verizon Wireless continues to efficiently invest in network enhancements to deliver the reliable and innovative services customers want."

Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the third quarter as the company added 1.9 million net new customers and improved upon its industry-leading customer retention rates. Verizon Wireless now serves 56.7 million customers nationwide.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. BroadbandAccess service, now available in much of the New York Metro area and nationwide to more than half the U.S. population, provides customers with high-speed Internet access, access to corporate intranets and traditional e-mail functionality via laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive 95 specially equipped vehicles approximately 220,000 miles every quarter on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to make sure that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 750,000 voice call attempts and more than 1.4 million data tests quarterly on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company 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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