BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Summer’s here, and the great outdoors calls. Verizon Wireless reminds customers heading out to hike, bike, boat and enjoy America’s parks and recreational areas that their wireless devices should go along for the ride.
Customers know the security wireless can offer when they are away from home, and the VerizonWirelessTV channel on YouTube features stories of customers who counted on their wireless service when they needed it most.
For one family, exploring the 1,500-plus miles of the Paiute Trail in Utah on their all-terrain vehicles was a fun experience until it came time to call 911. They found out first hand about the importance of being able to rely on the Verizon Wireless network and make that emergency call, especially after attempts on another carrier’s network failed. View the video: “Utah’s Paiute Trail, The Nation’s Most Reliable Network Is A Life Saver!”
When a Sunday afternoon hike turned into a rescue situation, it was a child’s Christmas gift – a Verizon Wireless phone – that called rescuers to save twin brothers after they slid off a mountain trail in Harrison Hills Park in western Pennsylvania. View the video: “The Panchik Family Story.”
Summer Safety: Tips to Remember for Your Wireless Communications
Customers’ wireless phones can be life savers during summer trips. Verizon Wireless offers the following tips to prepare wireless phones to work best as you head out for fun in the sun:
- Protect your phone from the sun and heat. Don’t leave a wireless phone in the glove compartment of a car. At the beach, make sure to keep it under the umbrella or in a beach bag. And no good can come from keeping a phone in the pocket of a wet swim suit.
- Changing the settings on your wireless devices, including adjusting screen brightness and using stand-by mode more often, can extend your phone’s battery life, increasing time between charges and saving energy.
- Make sure to understand all of the safety features your wireless device offers, including GPS for finding locations, cameras for video and picture messaging, and voice activation. These features can play an important role in personal safety.
- Android phones offer a number of applications that can be downloaded, including compass and flashlight apps, and may come in handy in a pinch.
- On the lake or at sea, keep your wireless smartphone and other equipment in waterproof plastic bags to ensure they’re not damaged by water. Wet and wireless don’t work, unless you’ve invested in a Verizon Wireless ruggedized phone from CASIO, Motorola or Samsung.
Verizon Wireless’ Year-Round Network Focus
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. In 2009 alone, Verizon Wireless invested $7 billion to expand and advance its network.
- Learn more about Verizon Wireless’ network preparations in popular outdoor destinations such as the Grand Canyon. View the video: “Verizon Wireless: Arizona Network Story.”
- Ongoing network updates, enhancements and information are available on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNetwork.
- Video footage and images of Verizon Wireless network preparations are available in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library 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 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.