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RootMetrics™ Reports Verizon Wireless Network Tops In 22 Markets

Verizon Wireless Recognized for Data and Overall Performance

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October 11, 2011

Tom Pica
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ; SEATTLE; and CTIA ENTERPRISE AND APPLICATIONS™ 2011 IN SAN DIEGO — So far this year, the Verizon Wireless network has outperformed the competition in 22 major U.S. markets in the categories of Combined Performance and Data Performance, according to the wireless testing company, RootMetrics™.

In October alone, RootMetrics bestowed its Combined Performance and Data Performance awards upon Verizon Wireless in Cleveland and Dallas. Over the past six months, Verizon Wireless received RootScore™ Combined Performance and Data Performance awards in 20 additional cities: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.

“More and more, consumers are relying on wireless devices to communicate and stay up to date with friends, family and business. To do that, consumers must have a network they can rely on,” said Bill Moore, chief executive officer of RootMetrics. “Our goal is to provide consumers with a true picture of the major carriers’ network performance and empower them to make educated decisions about the best carrier for their mobile habits.”

RootMetrics’ RootScore Reports highlight data, call, text and overall performances of the major wireless carriers’ networks in a specific geographical area. To evaluate the networks in each specific market, a team of RootMetrics employees conducts tests during a seven-day period, covering all hours of the day and night. Using current off-the-shelf smartphones available to the public at the time of testing, the evaluation focuses on popular consumer activities, including making phone calls, uploading and downloading files from the Internet, and sending and receiving texts in an effort to reflect the consumer experience in a specific geographical area.

“It’s no surprise that when it comes to lightning fast wireless data service, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is the clear winner among wireless customers for smartphones, tablets and other devices that rely on high-speed data,” said David Small, vice president and chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “We will continue to invest in the Verizon Wireless network to enhance and expand the reach and capabilities of our 4G LTE network – as well as our voice and 3G data networks – so that our customers can enjoy a superior wireless experience.”

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the country. The company’s unrivaled deployment of its 4G LTE network makes it the largest 4G LTE network in the nation, with coverage in more than 140 cities.

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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 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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