Northwest Detroit, Michigan, Residents to Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements

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Northwest Detroit, Michigan, Residents to Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements

New Cell Site Means Clearer Reception, Fewer Dropped Calls

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 1 -- Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in northwest Detroit, which enables more customers to use their wireless phones to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The new cell site, which is equipped with a permanent backup generator for times of emergency, improves voice and data coverage and capacity in northwest Detroit and along the following major roads:

  --  Joy Road from just west of Greenfield Road to just west of Wyoming
      Street; and
  --  Schaefer Highway from Warren Avenue to Plymouth Road.

"This new cell site was built to ensure that our customers in northwest Detroit can continue relying on their phones for everything from making calls and sending messages to surfing the Internet and getting email," said Greg Haller, president-Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. "The most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. That's why we aggressively invest in our Michigan network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers and continue to raise the bar in network reliability."

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $55 billion since it was formed -- $5.5 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1.4 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Michigan.

About Verizon Wireless in Michigan

In Michigan, Verizon Wireless has more than 2,100 employees and 70 company-owned retail locations in more than 40 cities, including Allen Park, Alpena, Alpine Twp., Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Bay City, Brighton, Burton, Canton, Clinton Twp., Dearborn, Detroit, East Lansing, Escanaba, Farmington Hills, Fenton, Flint, Fort Gaylord, Gratiot, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Highland Park, Holland, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Jackson, Kentwood, Lake Orion, Lansing, Livonia, Marquette, Midland, Monroe, Muskegon, Northville, Novi, Okemos, Petoskey, Pontiac, Portage, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saginaw, St. Clair Shores, St. Joseph, Southfield, Taylor, Traverse City, Troy, Utica, Warren and Westland.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with  83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (Nasdaq and LSE: VOD).  For more information, visit http://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 http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Source: Verizon Wireless
   

CONTACT:  Michelle Gilbert of Verizon Wireless, +1-248-915-3680,
michelle.gilbert@verizonwireless.com, or Jennifer Cherry for Verizon Wireless,
+1-248-855-6777, jcherry@marxlayne.com

Web Site:  http://www.verizonwireless.com/

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