News Release

Central Valley Customers In California Can Make More Calls

Verizon Wireless adds two new cell sites to accommodate rapid growth

December 18, 2007

Heidi Flato
Heidi.Flato@VerizonWireless.com
925-279-6545

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Wireless users in the Central Valley are now experiencing increased coverage thanks to two new Verizon Wireless cell sites.

Network coverage and call capacity have been improved near:

  • Fresno — Fresno Chandler Airport and surrounding area
  • Patterson — Along Interstate 5 and surrounding area

"Our expansion is tied to our commitment to provide the best possible wireless experience for customers. It's just another way of ensuring that Verizon Wireless continues to be the leader in customer loyalty,*" said Rich Garwood, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

The network expansion helps support the recent launch of Verizon Wireless' newest devices for this holiday season: the Juke by Samsung; the Venus by LG and the Voyager by LG, exclusive to Verizon Wireless; and the BlackBerry® Pearl smartphone.

"Whether customers are seeking a hip music phone, a device that will help them stay connected to the office, or a phone with a large external touch-screen and HTML browser, we will have it on the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network," added Garwood.

In an industry first, Verizon Wireless is putting customers in the driver's seat to take the nation's most reliable wireless network for a spin.

Verizon Wireless is 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.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $4 billion in its wireless network in California over the past seven years to stay ahead of the growth in demand for our products and services and to ensure the most reliable network in the industry.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion since it was formed — more than $5 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

For more information about Test Drive from Verizon Wireless or any of our products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

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

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 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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