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Verizon Wireless Enhances South Carolina Coverage In Beaufort County

Over 95 Percent of Palmetto State Residents Have Access to Verizon Wireless' High-Speed Broadband Service

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July 23, 2008

Carly Culbertson
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com
864-987-2006

BEAUFORT, SC — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s most reliable wireless network, recently expanded wireless coverage in Beaufort County to meet the wireless needs of customers utilizing the company’s voice and data services. The recent network enhancements enable more Verizon Wireless customers to use their wireless phones to make calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; and download games and ringtones, all while enjoying superior wireless coverage.

Verizon Wireless customers will immediately experience enhanced coverage in the following areas:

  • The town of Port Royal
  • Highway 21 between Beaufort and St. Helena Island
  • Parris Island

These improved areas also have access to Verizon Wireless’ Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network that provides high-speed business and entertainment-based services on wireless phones, laptops and other wireless devices with Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess and V CAST multimedia services. Today, over 95 percent of South Carolina residents have access to Verizon Wireless’ high-speed broadband service.

“This network enhancement reflects our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers visiting or living in the Lowcountry,” said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee region. “High-quality customer service matched with dependable wireless coverage through our high-speed EV-DO network allows our customers to connect and stay connected in more places throughout South Carolina than ever before.”

To stay ahead of the growing demand for the company’s products and services, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $641 million in its wireless network in South Carolina since 2000 to ensure that it has the most reliable network in the industry. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion nationwide since the company was formed in 2000 – $5.5 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and add the newest wireless services.

For easy and convenient access to new wireless products and services, Verizon Wireless operates a retail store at 111 Town Drive in Bluffton. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 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.

Test Man Ride-Along Program
The specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse “conversations” and data transmissions. Members of the media who are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, please contact Carly Culbertson at 864-987-2006 or via e-mail at Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com.

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