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Most Reliable Wireless Network Just Got Better In Wheeling, West Virginia, And Portions Of The Surrounding Area

Integration of Verizon Wireless' and Alltel's Networks Delivers Increased Wireless Voice and Data Coverage to the Area

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November 21, 2010

Laura Merritt
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Jennifer Schmitt
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WHEELING, WV — Verizon Wireless today announced it has completed the integration of its network with that of Alltel in Marshall and Ohio counties in West Virginia and Belmont and Monroe counties in Ohio, to provide customers with clearer reception, fewer dropped calls and more coverage, including stronger in-building coverage.

Verizon Wireless' voice and high-speed 3G data network combined with that of Alltel creates the largest wireless network footprint in the United States. The integration in this area enables more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently 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 on the nation's most reliable wireless network.

Cities and major roadways directly affected by the network integration include:

  • The Ohio communities of Clarington, Martins Ferry, St. Clairsville and Yorkville;
  • The West Virginia communities of Bethlehem, Springdale, Triadelphia and Wheeling;
  • South along Ohio Scenic River Byway/State Route 7 from Yorkville, Ohio, to Steelton, West Virginia, and;
  • East along Interstate 70 from Fairview, Ohio, through Wheeling, to the Pennsylvania state border.

"The integration of Alltel's network to the Verizon Wireless network provides our customers with unmatched coverage in the area," said Mark Frazier, president  Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. "Now our high-speed 3G broadband wireless network is the largest and most reliable in the United States, and network reliability is the No. 1 reason customers choose and stay with Verizon Wireless. We are committed to continuing to perfect our network so that our customers in West Virginia and Ohio know they can depend on us every time they use their wireless devices."

Verizon Wireless has been preparing to integrate Alltel's network since completing its purchase of the company last year. Alltel's 3G data network has been upgraded to the latest revision of wireless broadband technology to enable faster delivery of data applications, including e-mail and browsing the Internet.

The company's ongoing network investment in Ohio and West Virginia now totals more than $1.9 billion. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion  $5.7 billion on average every year  since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new 3G services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST.

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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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