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Idaho Customers Receive More 3G Coverage With New Verizon Wireless Cell Sites

Investment increases consumer value as demand grows for calls, e-mail, text, Web, video and music

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July 26, 2010

Bob Kelley
Robert.Kelley@VerizonWireless.com  
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BOISE, ID — More Idaho residents, businesses and visitors are enjoying improved service thanks to new Verizon Wireless cell sites. The sites expand wireless voice and 3G data coverage and capacity in many communities and areas across the state, including:

  • Albion – the Albion Valley, Elba area and along I-84 near Malta
  • Burley – along Hwy 24, north of Burley
  • Carey – along Hwy 93 east of Carey to Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • Castleford – south of Sunset Butte and west of Deep Creek
  • Dietrich – the north Dietrich area, along Hwy 26/93 and Hwy 24
  • Georgetown – along Hwy 30 from Bennington to the Georgetown Summit Wildlife Management area
  • Hamer – south of Hamer, along I-15
  • Island Park – along Hwy 20, south of Island Park in the Henry Forks area
  • Mud Lake – area north of State Road 33, including Salmon Hwy from State Road 33 to State Road 22
  • Pingree – along Hwy 39, north of Pingree/Springfield area
  • Ririe – area east of Ririe, along Hwy 20 from Little Pine Creek to the Conant Valley
  • Rogerson – south of Rogerson, along Idaho/Nevada state border
  • Shoshone – along Hwy 75, north of Shoshone and east of Richland
  • Swan Valley – along Hwy 26, west of Swan Valley and southeast of Ririe
  • Twin Falls – along Hwy 93, Joslin Field airport and the town of Hollister

The increase in coverage and capacity also means the network can carry more calls, e-mails, text and picture messages in more places, and offer greater wireless access to the Web.

The company’s ongoing network investment in Idaho now totals more than $210 million. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 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. The result is the nation’s largest, most reliable 3G network that powers services such as Mobile Broadband and Mobile Email.

Businesses of any size can tap into the power of Mobile Broadband. The service allows users to connect to the Internet wirelessly while on the go to download music over-the-air, and access e-mail or corporate data.

Small business owners interested in Mobile Broadband, and other wireless solutions, can visit http://business.verizon.net where they will find:

  • An online forum to share experiences and connect with other business owners
  • Access to Small Business Specialists in each Verizon Wireless store
  • Discounts and promotions to help businesses stretch their budgets
  • Summaries of mobile solutions like e-mail, wireless Internet and Push to Talk service
  • 24/7 tech support

Verizon Wireless tests its network and those of its competitors. The company determines if voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected.

Nationally, Verizon Wireless’ real-life test men and women drive 100 specially equipped vehicles almost 1 million miles annually. They drive on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3.5 million voice call attempts and more than 19 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless’ network and the networks of other carriers.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 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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