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Verizon Wireless Expands Its 4G LTE Network In Greater Chicago, Illinois Area On Dec. 15

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December 13, 2011

Andrea Meyer
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Rebecca Eckhart
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CHICAGO, IL — On Dec. 15, more Verizon Wireless customers in more areas of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana can take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the fastest 4G network in the nation. Cities and towns in the expanded 4G coverage area include:

  • Boulder Hill, Ill.
  • Braidwood, Ill.
  • Carbon Hill, Ill.
  • Cedar Lake, Ind.
  • Channahon, Ill.
  • Coal City, Ill.
  • Diamond, Ill.
  • Elburn, Ill.
  • Gilberts, Ill.
  • Godley, Ill.
  • Hampshire, Ill.
  • Huntley, Ill.
  • Lakewood, Ill.
  • Minooka, Ill.
  • Montgomery, Ill.
  • Morris, Ill.
  • North Aurora, Ill.
  • Oswego, Ill.
  • Peotone, Ill.
  • Pingree Grove, Ill.
  • Plainfield, Ill.
  • Sugar Grove, Ill.
  • Valparaiso, Ind.
  • Wilmington, Ill.
  • Woodstock, Ill.

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network allows customers to share music and photos, surf the Web, and download files up to 10 times faster than with the company’s 3G network. Verizon Wireless initially launched its 4G LTE network in December 2010 in Chicago with coverage extending north to the Illinois/Wisconsin state line, south to Tinley Park and Homer Glen, west to Lake Zurich, Hoffman Estates and Bolingbrook and east to Lake Michigan.

“Our network is the largest 4G LTE network in the nation, now covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets across the United States,” said T.J. Fox, region president, Verizon Wireless. “We are expanding our network so that even more residents, small businesses and local government in the greater Chicago area can take advantage of the speed and connectivity offered by the next-generation network, which is continuing to push the boundaries of wireless communications.”

4G LTE Devices and Plans

Verizon Wireless customers can purchase a variety of 4G LTE-enabled devices, including notebooks and netbooks; hotspots and modems; and smartphones and tablets, such as the two new DROID XYBOARD tablets by Motorola, to connect to the largest 4G LTE network in the country. Details on each device can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.

4G LTE Coverage and Speed

The company is not only expanding the network in San Diego and San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Chicago; and Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md., on Dec. 15, but also adding 11 new markets, for a total of 190 markets and more than 200 million people covered in 2011.

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE customers from Valparaiso, Ind., to Woodstock, Ill., should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, 4G LTE devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their city, or when they travel to an area already covered by 4G LTE.

For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 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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