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Queens, New York, Residents Benefit From Verizon Wireless 3G Network Expansion

Enhanced cell site keeps residents connected to e-mail, music & Mobile Web; Get faster connections in Bayside and Elmhurst; Company invests more than $50 billion in America's Most Reliable network since 2000

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September 15, 2009

David Samberg
david.samberg@verizonwireless.com
http://twitter.com/VzW_NYMetro
914-329-5429

Gisela López
gisela.lopez@vivianipr.com
973-968-7928

ORANGEBURG, NY — Surfing the Mobile Web on the Verizon Wireless high-speed 3G network is now easier and faster for Queens' residents and visitors, thanks to the activation of a new cell site in Bayside and Elmhurst.

The new cell site expands Mobile Broadband services in the following areas:

  • Bayside: near Queensborough Community College along Springfield Blvd.
  • Elmhurst: along the Long Island Expressway and Grand Avenue

With the improved network coverage, consumers and businesses can tap into the power of Mobile Broadband to access e-mail or corporate data, download music while on the go and view high-quality videos. Small business owners interested in Mobile Broadband, and other wireless solutions can visit http://smallbusiness.vzw.com where they will find an online forum to share experiences and connect with other business owners, summaries of mobile solutions and 24/7 tech support.

These network enhancements are part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services. Verizon Wireless spent $238 million to enhance services and coverage throughout metro New York and New Jersey in 2008, bringing total network investment to more than $2.2 billion in the region and more than $50 billion nationwide since 2000. The Verizon Wireless network also is built for reliability during emergencies, such as power outages and extreme weather conditions, with redundancy capabilities in place to maintain service for customers when they need it the most.

"We've always believed even the most advanced cell phone is only as good as the network it runs on, " said Pat Devlin, regional president. "Our 3G high-speed Mobile Broadband network is the largest and most reliable in the United States and we expect to commercially launch our Long Term Evolution (LTE) fourth generation network in up to 30 markets in 2010."

Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive more than 90 specially-equipped vehicles nearly one million miles each year on the country's most frequently traveled roadways to confirm that 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.

For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VzW_NYMetro.

*Editors Note: Test Man Ride-Along Program
To set up an interview and ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Gisela Lopez at 973-968-7928.

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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