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Bemidji, Minnesota, Residents To Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements

New Cell Site Means Clearer Reception, Fewer Dropped Calls

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June 10, 2010

Karen Smith
Karen.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
763-595-2511Maureen Cahill
Mcahill@mcfarlandcahill.com
952-447-8933

BEMIDJI, MN — Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Bemidji, which enables more customers to use their wireless phones 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 cell site, located near the intersection of Anne Street Northwest and Pine Ridge Avenue Northwest improves coverage as follows:

  • North to Balsam Road Northwest;
  • South to Paul Bunyon Drive Northwest;
  • East to Birchmont Drive Northeast; and
  • West to Cardinal Road Northwest.

“This new cell site was built to ensure that our customers in Bemidji can rely on their wireless devices for everything from making calls and sending messages to surfing the Internet and getting e-mail,” said Seamus Hyland, president – Great Plains, Verizon Wireless. “The most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. We continue to optimize our network so that it remains the most reliable in the nation.”

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $59 billion since it was formed – $5.7 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. From 2001 through 2009, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $619.1 million on improvements to its network in Minnesota.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 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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