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4G LTE Wireless Services To Launch In Panama City, Florida, On June 21

Bay County Charities to Receive "$4Gs" in Donations to Commemorate Start of Service

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June 17, 2012

Chuck Hamby
Chuck.Hamby@VerizonWireless.com
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PANAMA CITY, FL — Verizon Wireless 4G LTE services, nation’s fastest 4G wireless network, will launch in the Panama City area on June 21 to provide local consumers with the most advanced wireless technologies.

At launch, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will cover these Bay County communities and facilities: Panama City, Panama City Beach, Panama City International Airport, Tyndall AFB, Mexico Beach, Lynn Haven, Callaway, Cedar Grove, Pretty Bayou, Parker, Lower Grand Lagoon, Laguna Beach, Youngstown, Southport, Woodmere, Highland City, Springfield, Heritage Village, Greentree, Ocean Plantation, Palms, La Siesta, Stephens Estates and Junction Heights.

Introduced in numerous Florida markets just 18 months ago, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network now covers more than 80 percent of the state’s population.

Nationally, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population in 258 markets and offers more than six times the geographic coverage of any competitor’s 4G LTE network. The rollout of 4G LTE across Verizon’s entire network footprint is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.

4G LTE technology is up to 10 times faster than the company’s industry-leading 3G network. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.  

 The 4G LTE network allows streaming videos with no buffering, or downloading and viewing full-length HD movies.  Music lovers can download songs in seconds, gamers can take part in multiplayer online action, and social media types upload photos and posts while on-the-go.  Business owners use the efficiency and speed of the 4G LTE network to boost their bottom line. 

“Wireless consumers in Florida’s Panhandle are tech-savvy and will quickly recognize the speed and power of 4G LTE,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless.  “We’re proud to launch this advanced service here as part of an ongoing commitment to bring our top products, services and goodwill to this community.”

In conjunction to the 4G LTE launch, Verizon Wireless will donate $4,000 (“4 Gs”) to the Salvation Army and other local charities.

The Verizon 4G LTE network was named “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and ranked No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit the Panama City Verizon Wireless store at 411A East 23rd Street (850-769-2269), or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid 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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