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Verizon Wireless Commits To Michigan's Upper Peninsula Customers: "We'll Stay Ahead Of Your Data Usage"

Company Boosts 3G Capacity in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by 35 Percent in 2010

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December 28, 2010

Carolyn A. Schamberger
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Dana Carpenter
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MARQUETTE, MI — Verizon Wireless has announced today that it has completed a major capacity improvement project for its high-speed 3G network in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this year that will ensure the company continues to stay ahead of its customers’ growing data usage on their smart phones, wireless modems and handsets.

The project entailed installing equipment on cell sites throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, increasing 3G data capacity of the network by 35% across the area. The enhancements will provide further value to Verizon Wireless customers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who are looking to rely more and more on their wireless devices for accessing the Internet, social networking, viewing high-quality videos, downloading music, games and ringtones, and exchanging e-mail.

“With so many of our customers relying on their devices for much more than just making phone calls, it’s imperative that we stay ahead of their usage habits,” says T.J. Fox, region president, Verizon Wireless. “It doesn’t matter how many bells and whistles your smart phone offers if you cannot depend on it to keep you connected wherever you go. Verizon Wireless is committed to making sure our network has enough capacity to handle the increasing data traffic from our customers’ Internet browsing, tweeting and mobile gaming.”

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. Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1.4 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Michigan, including more than $209 million in 2009.

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Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 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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