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Rootmetrics™ Ranks Verizon Wireless Tops For Network Performance In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, And 21 Other Cities Nationwide

RootScore™ Reports Highlight Data, Call, Text, Overall Performance of Nation's Largest Wireless Carrier

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October 11, 2011

Laura Merritt
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Jennifer Schmitt
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PITTSBURGH, PA — So far this year, the Verizon Wireless network has outperformed the competition in 22 major U.S. markets, including Pittsburgh, in the categories of Combined Performance and Data Performance, according to the wireless testing company, RootMetrics™.

“Customers in Pittsburgh who are looking for lightning fast wireless data service don’t have to look any further,” said Mark Frazier, president–Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region. “We are committed to delivering a superior network experience to our customers in Pittsburgh and across the country. Once again, a respected third-party study highlights the benefits of our ongoing network investments for our customers.”

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.

“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.”

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

Introduced to Pittsburgh in December 2010, 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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