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Wireless Phone Users In West Michigan Now Experience Even Clearer Reception And Fewer Dropped Calls

Verizon Wireless Activates Five New Cell Sites in Montcalm and Newaygo Counties

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January 4, 2009

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Michael Kern
mkern@marxlayne.com  
248-855-6777

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Verizon Wireless has activated five new cell sites that expand network coverage in Montcalm and Newaygo counties in Michigan, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make voice calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The new cell sites improve Verizon Wireless' voice and data network coverage along Michigan Road 46 in Montcalm County east of U.S. Route 131 and west of U.S. Route 127 and in the following cities:

  • Belding
  • Big Rapids
  • Brunswick
  • Gowen
  • Grant
  • Greenville
  • Howard City

"Our customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us because we deliver on our commitment to provide the most reliable network," said Greg Haller, president— Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. "We'll continue investing in our network here in Michigan as well as across the nation so that our customers can rely on their wireless phones everywhere they go."

These new cell sites are part of Verizon Wireless' continual effort to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Michigan and throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $48 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. More than $1.8 billion of this investment has been spent in Michigan since 2000.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 70.8 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 71,000 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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