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Van Buren County, Michigan, Residents And Travelers To Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements

New Cell Sites Mean Clearer Reception, Fewer Dropped Calls

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August 9, 2010

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com  
248-915-3680

Jennifer Cherry
jcherry@marxlayne.com  
248-855-6777

KALAMAZOO, MI — Verizon Wireless has activated two new cell sites in Van Buren County, Mich., which enable more customers traveling along Interstate 94 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 new cell sites, each of which are equipped with a permanent backup generator for times of emergency, improve voice and data coverage along following major roads:

  • Interstate 94 between the County Road 365 interchange to the east and the 62nd Street interchange to the west (south of Hartford);
  • County Road 681 north to the Bangor town line;
  • Interstate 94 west of Paw Paw from 40th Street west to the intersection of Interstate 94 and Territorial Road, and;
  • Michigan Highway 51 between the Red Arrow Highway to the north and 72nd Avenue to the south.

“These new cell sites were built to ensure that our customers who travel these roads regularly can continue relying on their phones for staying in touch,” said Greg Haller, president – Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. “The most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. That’s why we aggressively invest in our Michigan network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers and continue to raise the bar in network reliability.”

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.

About Verizon Wireless in Michigan
In Michigan, Verizon Wireless has more than 2,100 employees and 65 company-owned retail locations in more than 40 cities, including Allen Park, Alpena, Alpine Twp., Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Bay City, Brighton, Burton, Canton, Clinton Twp., Dearborn, Detroit, East Lansing, Escanaba, Farmington Hills, Fenton, Flint, Fort Gaylord, Gratiot, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Highland Park, Holland, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Lake Orion, Lansing, Livonia, Marquette, Midland, Monroe, Muskegon, Northville, Novi, Okemos, Petoskey, Pontiac, Portage, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saginaw, St. Clair Shores, St. Joseph, Southfield, Taylor, Traverse City, Troy, Utica, Warren and Westland.

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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