News Release

Welcome To Harrison: Verizon Wireless Continues Arkansas Expansion

Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network Now Available in Harrison, Arkansas

April 22, 2007

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
972-444-5515Matt Shaner
Communications Group for Verizon Wireless
mshaner@comgroup.com  
501-920-1426 (mobile)

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS — Verizon Wireless, the only major carrier with a 30-day network test-drive pledge that pays for calls if a customer isn't satisfied and switches to another carrier, today announced the launch of its network in Harrison, Arkansas.

The expansion of the company's network to Harrison includes the addition of 21 new advanced digital cell sites, providing expanded coverage in Harrison and the surrounding area, including Bergman, Bellefonte, Valley Springs, Western Grove, Pindall, Saint Joe, Marshall and Leslie, Arkansas.

Expanding the Verizon Wireless network to include Harrison is the next step in the company's expansion and investment in Arkansas. Since launching its network in Arkansas in 2005, Verizon Wireless has already invested more than $50 million in the state.

"Harrison is a critical step in our continued expansion across Arkansas. Southern Business and Development Magazine recently named it one of 'Ten Really Cool Small Southern Markets' and it is home to several highly-respected companies, so we're eager to offer Verizon Wireless service in the area, " said Luis Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. " As we continue to expand to new markets in Arkansas, we look forward to differentiating Verizon Wireless with the unparalleled products, network reliability and quality customer service that we offer nationwide."

The launch of the Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) wireless broadband network means Verizon Wireless customers in Harrison and across the state can access the company's high-speed wireless network and enjoy two flagship services: BroadbandAccess, the company's high-speed wireless service with average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps; and V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and short content on demand, including cutting-edge 3D games, music videos, news, weather and sports.

Verizon Wireless will launch retail distribution in Harrison in the near future to make its full array of wireless devices, accessories and services available locally. Currently, the company operates retail stores in North Little Rock and Little Rock. Verizon Wireless products and services are also sold in Best Buy, Circuit City, Target and Wal-Mart locations across Central Arkansas, as well an local indirect agents.

Verizon Wireless recently introduced its 30-day Test Drive, an industry first that lets customers experience its network virtually risk-free for 30 days. If customers are not satisfied with their experience and take their number to another carrier, Verizon Wireless will refund their money for calls, equipment, activation fee and taxes.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit the Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in West Little Rock and North Little Rock, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 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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