News Release

Verizon Wireless Ready For Grand Slam At Baseball's Mid-Season Classic

Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network Helps Fans Share Thrills Of The Game With Family And Friends

July 5, 2007

In San Francisco:
Heidi Flato

Other Media:
Tom Pica  

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO — With baseball's mid-season classic right around the corner, Verizon Wireless has fine-tuned its network in San Francisco to handle additional wireless call volume during Tuesday's big game. Thousands of baseball fans, sports news media and others on the Verizon Wireless network who flock to the City by the Bay can rest assured that they will be able to talk and text to friends and fans back home about the festivities leading up to and including the big event.

Verizon Wireless has enhanced network capacity on key cell sites around the city and downtown stadium to boost calling capacity by 40 percent. The installations will enable more Verizon Wireless customers to make calls, send and receive text and picture messages, and download music, games and Ringtones concurrently.

"One of the main reasons customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us is because we offer the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network," said Rich Garwood, president — Northern California and Nevada region for Verizon Wireless. "We are committed to ensuring that our network stands up to its excellent reputation for everyday use and during major events like this."

Additionally, leading up to Tuesday night's game, Verizon Wireless has dispatched its real-life, California-based test men and women to drive throughout downtown San Francisco, testing the performance of the company's network, making sure its customers' experience is as good as or better than they have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.

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Test Man/Woman Ride-Along Program
Specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse "conversations" as well as data transmissions. Members of the media who are interested in setting up an interview ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, are invited to contact Heidi Flato at 925.279.6545.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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