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Former SureWest Wireless Customers Join Verizon Wireless "IN" Crowd

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August 24, 2008

Heidi Flato

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Wireless calls, text and data from former SureWest Wireless customers are now riding on the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network from Verizon Wireless, less than four months after the company purchased the wireless assets of SureWest Communications.

Former SureWest Wireless customers are now part of Verizon Wireless’ nationwide IN Calling network, the nation's largest since Verizon Wireless is the most widely used brand of service in wireless. IN calling allows calls to and from Verizon Wireless customers without using any plan minutes.

Verizon Wireless customers also have access to 3G services like V CAST Music with Rhapsody, a subscription music service that also enables over-the-air music downloads; mobile-office capabilities available through BroadbandAccess; VZ Navigator(SM) turn-by-turn directions and Backup Assistant for storing contact information.

“We are pleased to welcome former SureWest Wireless customers to our network,” said Rich Garwood, regional president for Verizon Wireless. “We’re excited about delivering a great customer experience and the reliability our customers have come to expect.”

Verizon Wireless’ reputation as the nation’s most reliable wireless network is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures. This has proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies across the country. Standard Verizon Wireless network-reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.

Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $45 billion since it was formed $5.5 billion on average every year to increase the coverage and capacity of its national wireless network and to add services like BroadbandAccess, V CAST, VZ Navigator and many more.

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Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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