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Verizon Wireless Expands 3G Wireless Network In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

• Improves coverage and capacity in Wilkes-Barre, Swoyersville and Drums areas
• Provides access to 3G wireless broadband service
• Part of $1.5 billion overall investment since 2000

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November 15, 2010

Sheldon Jones
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Natalie Neyer
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LUZERNE COUNTY, PA — To continue to stay ahead of rising demand for wireless voice, 3G multimedia and Internet access in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Verizon Wireless has expanded its local network. Earlier this year, the company earned recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for “Highest Call Quality Performance among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”

Consumer Advantages

  • Two new cell sites provide increased wireless voice and 3G data coverage in Wilkes-Barre, including north along South Main Street to Carey Avenue, south along Hazel Street to Blackman Street, east along Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and west along South Main Street. Coverage has also been enhanced north along North Cross Valley Expressway to South Main Street, south along Kidder Street, Wilkes-Barre Boulevard to Cross Valley Expressway, east throughout Hollensback Golf Course to the suburb of Parsons and west along North Main Street, North River Street, as well as at the Lion Brewery.
  • Residents and businesses in the Swoyersville area, north along Route 1010 to Slocum Street and east along Route 11, the borough of Forty Fort and south along Routes 11 and 309, including the municipality of Kingston will also benefit from improved coverage and capacity.
  • Additionally, coverage has been enhanced in the Drums area north along St. Johns Road to North Old Turnpike Road, south along East Butler Drive, east along Route 309 to Edgewood in the Pines Golf Course, and west throughout the borough of Drums to St. Johns Road.
  • Earlier this year, the company activated a cell site that increased coverage and capacity in the boroughs of Warrior Run and Sugar Notch, and north along Main Street between the two boroughs. Coverage was also improved east along Interstate 81 to the borough of Ashley and west along Front Street and Middle Road from Luzerne County Community College to the Warrior Run area.
  • Expanded 3G data coverage in Luzerne County lets more customers using notebook computers or smartphones:
    • Download and use cool apps, from mobile social networking platforms to GPS-enabled maps
    • Rapidly browse the Web to keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more
    • Work on-the-go with fast file sharing
    • Quickly download and play music favorites from Top 40 to Classical
    • Send e-mails to friends, family and co-workers with picture and video attachments
    • Download and play vivid 3D games
    • Stream must-see video and customized radio

View from Verizon Wireless
"We've always believed even the most advanced cell phone is only as good as the network it runs on," said Mario Turco, president of Verizon Wireless’ Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "Our 3G high-speed Mobile Broadband network is the largest and most reliable in the United States, and we are on track to be the first wireless company on the globe to launch a sizeable LTE 4G footprint, covering 100 million people by the end of 2010.”

Harnessing the Capabilities of a Robust 3G Network
Verizon Wireless’ 3G network powers many leading mobile multimedia services, including:

  • Mobile Broadband Internet Access: Notebook computer users can access e-mail, download files and browse the Internet at broadband speed, downloading a one megabyte e-mail attachment – the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file – in about eight seconds and uploading it in less than 13 seconds.
  • V CAST Video: V CAST multimedia services offer customers the ability to play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones, as well as to watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.

Sustained Wireless Investment
The company has invested more than $60 billion – $5.7 billion on average every year – since its inception to increase the wireless voice and data coverage of its national network and to add new 3G services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST. As the carrier with America's largest and most reliable wireless network, Verizon Wireless cell sites in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region provide 3G wireless data connectivity. The company’s ongoing network investment in the region now totals more than $1.5 billion.

Engineering America’s Most Reliable Wireless Network
The company’s ‘America’s most reliable wireless network’ reputation is based on network studies performed by test men and test women throughout the country. By traversing more than one million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas – the equivalent of two roundtrips to the moon or 40 trips around the world – the test men and women confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. 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 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 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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