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The Best Wireless Network Just Got Better In Sullivan County, Tennessee's, Most Popular Areas

Verizon Wireless and Alltel Wireless Network Integration Delivers Increased Wireless Voice And Data Coverage to Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Northeast State Community College

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August 30, 2009

Karen Schulz
Karen.Schulz@verizonwireless.com
864-987-2006

BLOUNTVILLE, TN — Just in time for back-to-school, residents and college students in the Blountville area will enjoy enriched wireless services thanks to the Verizon Wireless and Alltel network conversion, which was recently completed in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Since the company’s purchase of Alltel in January, Verizon Wireless has worked diligently to integrate the two wireless voice, data and broadband networks. Blountville customers will benefit from the combined network in many ways. The expansion in network coverage and capacity means more calls, e-mails, texts and picture messages, plus expanded wireless access to the Web. It will also result in greatly expanded in-building coverage throughout the area.

The integration will enhance and expand coverage in the following Sullivan County landmarks:

  • Northeast State Community College
  • Tri-Cities Regional Airport
  • City of Blountville, Oak view area and Highway 37
  • I-81, Highway 357 and the community of Huddle Mill
  • Community of Holston, Highway 75and Highway 357

“Verizon Wireless is committed to providing the best wireless experience to Sullivan County customers in popular areas including the Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Northeast State Community College,” said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee Region. “As the state’s leading wireless carrier, incorporating the extensive Alltel network into our already superior network, our footprint will be unmatched in the Tennessee area.”

In the first half of 2009, Verizon Wireless invested $99.7 million in the Tennessee network. Last year, Verizon Wireless spent $150 million on improvements to the state’s network, bringing the company’s cumulative investment in the state to $800 million since 2003. Verizon Wireless data and voice services are available to Tennesseans in all 95 counties.

Verizon Wireless tests its network and those of its competitors. The company determines if voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive 90 specially equipped vehicles almost 1,000,000 miles annually. They drive on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts. 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.

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MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: Interested in experiencing how the Verizon Wireless network compares to the competition in your town? Conduct a ‘Test Man Ride Along,’ the chance to accompany a Verizon Wireless engineer in a custom vehicle equipped to test mobile wireless voice and data devices and services for several wireless providers. Call Karen Schulz at (864) 987-2006 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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.

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