News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands 3G Network Coverage In St. Lawrence County, New York

•Improves coverage and capacity in Gouverneur Hammond, and Heuvelton
•Provides access to 3G wireless broadband service
•Part of $100+ million network investment in Upstate New York in 2009
• Meet one of Upstate New York's local Test Men, Jack Brandes

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December 29, 2009

John O’Malley
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585-321-7264 or 585-261-5899
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Meredith Dropkin
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315-413-4293

WATERTOWN, NY — Verizon Wireless is investing in St. Lawrence County and expanding its local coverage with new cell sites in Gouverneur, Hammond, and Heuvelton.
  • The new site in Gouverneur improves coverage and capacity in Brasie Corners and Pleasant Lake, as well as portions of Route 58 between Black Lake and Gouverneur.
  • The new site in Hammond improves coverage and capacity in Chippewa Bay and Hammond, including portions of Routes 12 and 37 between the Jefferson County line and Morristown.
  • The new site in Heuvelton improves coverage and capacity in Pope Mills and Black Lake, as well as portions of Routes 58 and 184 between Morristown and Brasie Corners.

This network expansion is part of the company’s aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless’ voice and data services. The company has invested more than $50 billion nationwide since it was formed – $5.5 billion on average every year – and plans to invest more than $100 million in Upstate New York in 2009.

“We’ve always believed even the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. We continue to aggressively invest in our Upstate New York network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers, add new services, and maintain our 3G network leadership” said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region.

Services include wireless data services such as picture messaging, text messaging, V CAST and V CAST Music with Rhapsody, and Mobile Broadband, the company’s high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. It provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second, and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless’ services continued during the third quarter of 2009 as the company added 1.2 million net new customers.

The company’s “nation’s most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network” reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. These engineers drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles more than 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 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 about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE:
Check out our new video of Western New York Test Man, Jack Brandes. If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with Jack, please contact John O'Malley at 585-321-7264.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ 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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