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Demand Climbs For Wireless Voice, Multimedia And Internet Access In San Bernardino County, California

Verizon Wireless adds six new 3G cell sites to stay ahead of growth

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October 24, 2008

Ken Muche
Ken.Muche@VerizonWireless.com
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IRVINE, CA — Wireless users in more San Bernardino County locations are now experiencing expanded voice and data coverage thanks to the addition of six new cell sites from Verizon Wireless.

The new sites improve 3G coverage and call capacity for customers in and around:

  • East Highland along Church Street to the End of Greenspot Road
  • Needles — along 40 Freeway from Needles to the Arizona border and along Highway 95 from Needles to Sidewinder Pass
  • Rancho Cucamonga — Victoria Gardens shopping mall and surrounding area, including portion of Foothill Boulevard and Interstate 15
  • Running Springs — along Highway 18 from Running Springs to Blue Jay and surrounding area, includes portion of Lake Arrowhead
  • Upland — along Baseline Avenue from Mountain Avenue to Campus Avenue and surrounding area

The recent expansion adds to Verizon Wireless' $4.6 billion dollar investment in California since 2000. Nationwide the company has invested nearly $45 billion since it was formed — $5.5 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national wireless network and to add services like BroadbandAccess, V CAST, VZ Navigator(SM) and many more. The company now has the nation's largest 3G network.

Verizon Wireless is the most widely used brand of service in wireless. The company now serves more than 68.7 million customers nationwide. In the second quarter of 2008, the company delivered nearly 70 billion text messages and completed 121 million downloads of music, videos, games, ringtones, and exclusive content, including 36.5 million video and music downloads.

"Our network expansion in California is just another example of how we invest to stay ahead of demand and to make sure that our customers enjoy a superior wireless experience," said John Palmer, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

"This consistent investment is a key reason Verizon Wireless has ranked first in customer loyalty in the industry in each of the last 15 quarters.*"

Other examples of company leadership include being first to offer nationwide plans with unlimited calling and the only provider to offer a 30-day network "Test Drive" pledge that pays for calls if a customer isn't satisfied and switches to another carrier.

Verizon Wireless' reputation as the nation's most reliable wireless network is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures. This has proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies across the country. Standard Verizon Wireless network-reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations. Only one wireless network is America's most reliable for calls, downloads and e-mails.

For more information about the company's network coverage, 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 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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