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Atlantic 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

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August 25, 2008

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
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215-219-8890 (mobile)Pam Boyd/Carla Reinas
856-642-6226

EGG HARBOR TWP., ABSECON & GALLOWAY, NJ — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents in Atlantic County, Verizon Wireless has expanded its network with three new cell sites. The new sites increase coverage and capacity along Route 559, Somers Point Road and Jeffers Landing Road in Egg Harbor Township; 6th Avenue past Upland Avenue and along Route 30 in Absecon; and along Route 9 and Great Creek Road in Galloway.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed – $5.5 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services like BroadbandAccess and V CAST. The company spent more than $235 million in 2007 to enhance services and coverage in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region, bringing the total network investment in the region to more than $1.5 billion since 2000.

Verizon Wireless’s high-speed third generation wireless broadband network has been enhanced with Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology. This enhancement allows customers who use the company’s flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, to interact with Web-based applications, download music over-the-air, and access to e-mail and the Internet at speeds that are eight to nine times faster than before. BroadbandAccess customers with Rev. A-compatible devices can now expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. V CAST brings video clips of TV shows, music on demand and other multimedia services to wireless phones over Verizon Wireless’ high-speed EV-DO network.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the second quarter of 2008 as the company added 1.5 million net new customers and, for the 15th consecutive quarter, led the wireless industry in customer loyalty. The company posted a churn (customer turnover) rate of just 1.1 percent, setting an industry and company record.

Verizon Wireless tests its network and those of its competitors to ensure its network remains the nation’s most reliable. Nationally, the company’s real-life test men and women drive 90 specially equipped vehicles almost one million miles annually 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 determine if voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

Editor’s Note: Media representatives interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman can call Carla Reinas or Pam Boyd at (856) 642-6226.

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.  

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