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Largest And Most Reliable 3G Wireless Network Just Got Better In Pima County, Arizona

Integration of Verizon Wireless' and Alltel's networks provides nearly 70 percent increase in cell sites giving customers more coverage and capacity

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April 20, 2010

Jenny Weaver
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TUCSON, AZ — Verizon Wireless has completed integrating its network with that of Alltel across Pima County to provide customers with clearer reception, fewer dropped calls and more coverage, including stronger in-building coverage.

More customers in greater Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Green Valley, Tubac, Sahuarita, Sells and Ajo can now use their wireless devices to make calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet at broadband speeds; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones — all on the nation's most reliable wireless network.

Verizon Wireless has been working to integrate the Alltel network since completing its purchase of the company last year. Verizon Wireless upgraded and integrated Alltel's 3G data network to the latest revision of wireless broadband technology to enable faster delivery of data applications, including e-mail and browsing the Internet.

The network upgrade is part of the company's ongoing investment to keep improving and strengthening the nation's largest and most reliable 3G wireless network. A side-by-side comparison of 3G network coverage maps shows that Verizon Wireless has more 3G coverage than the three other major carriers.

"The addition of Alltel's network to the Verizon Wireless network provides our customers with unmatched cell site density and coverage in Southern Arizona," said Brian Danfield, acting regional president, Verizon Wireless.

"The network is what makes it possible for customers to truly enjoy the features of their devices like making calls, messaging, downloading apps, checking e-mail and surfing the Web. Our focus is on providing the best customer experience, which we know is largely driven by our network, so we will continue investing in our Arizona network to make the experience better every day."

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $890 million in wireless network enhancements throughout Arizona since 2000 when the company was formed.

*Editor's note: Broadcast-quality video footage of network technicians integrating the Verizon Wireless and Alltel networks in Northern Arizona is available online at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: 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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