News Release

Riverside County, California, Customers Enjoy Expanded Wireless Coverage

Verizon Wireless adds new cell sites in Anza, Eagle Mount, Riverside, and Thermal

March 9, 2008

Ken Muche
Ken.Muche@VerizonWireless.com
949-286-8193

IRVINE, CA — Wireless users in Riverside County are now experiencing increased coverage thanks to four new Verizon Wireless cell sites.

Network coverage and call capacity have been improved near:

  • Anza — Near Highway 371 and Highway 74 Junction and surrounding area
  • Eagle Mount — Along Highway 177
  • Riverside — Along Washington Street between Victoria Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard and surrounding residential area
  • Thermal — Along Highway 86 from Salton Sea to Mecca

"Our local expansion is just another way of ensuring that Verizon Wireless' network continues to support our leadership in customer loyalty,*" said John Palmer, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

In an industry first, Verizon Wireless puts customers in the driver's seat to take the nation's most reliable wireless network for a spin. The company 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 builds its network for reliability during emergencies. For example, less than one percent of the company's cell sites were out of service even at the height of last year's record wildfires in Southern California, thanks to the company's high standard of redundancy, which includes back-up battery power at every site, generators at switching facilities and many cell sites, and a fleet of mobile generators and cells on wheels.

The company has invested more than $44 billion in its wireless network since it was formed. Of that amount, more than $4.6 billion has been invested in California, helping Verizon Wireless stay ahead of the growing demand for its services, like the new Nationwide Unlimited Anytime Minute Plans, adding new capabilities like V CAST Mobile TV, and improving and maintaining the network year-round in preparation for wildfires and other natural disasters. There are more than 2,400 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide, including those at Circuit City. 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 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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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