News Release

New Athens, Illinois, Residents To Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements

New Cell Site Means Clearer Reception, Fewer Dropped Calls

For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to
Contact Us

August 3, 2009

Cheryl Bini Armbrecht or Brenda Hill
Cheryl.Bini@verizonwireless.com
Brenda.Hill@verizonwireless.com
636-345-9400

Caroline Villanueva
caroline@sequel-llc.com
314-725-5645

NEW ATHENS, IL — Verizon Wireless, the wireless company with the highest customer loyalty, has activated a new cell site in St. Clair County, which will enable more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make 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 site improves Verizon Wireless voice and data coverage in the town of New Athens and surrounding areas lying northeast of Illinois Route 13.

“Network reliability is the No. 1 reason that customers choose and stay with Verizon Wireless,” said Brendan Fallis, president–Kansas/Missouri/Southern Illinois Region, Verizon Wireless. “Getting through on the first try and maintaining a connection are important to our customers. We continue to optimize our network so that it remains the most reliable in the nation.”

This network improvement is part of Verizon Wireless’ continual effort to expand coverage, improve capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Illinois and throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed—$5.5 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. In 2008, the company invested more than $196.5 million in its Illinois network.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.

####