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Natick, Massachusetts Residents to Benefit from Verizon Wireless Network Expansion
Feb 14, 2008 (12:02 PM EST)


NATICK, Mass., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in Middlesex County, Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site. The new site increases wireless voice and data coverage and capacity along Route 16 in southern Natick, as well as the surrounding area.

Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $44 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services like BroadbandAccess and V CAST. Regionally the company has invested nearly $2.2 billion into its New England network, including over $292 million in 2007 alone.

BroadbandAccess offers computer users the nation's most reliable high- speed wireless mobile broadband network, operating at average upload speeds between 500 and 800 kbps, and download speeds between 600 kbps and 1.4 mbps over Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess with EV-DO Revision A network. V CAST brings video clips of TV shows, music on demand and other multimedia services to wireless phones.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the fourth quarter of 2007 as the company added two million net new customers and, for the thirteenth consecutive quarter, reported the lowest customer turnover (highest customer loyalty) rate in the wireless industry.

The company's 'nation's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the "can you hear me now" national advertising campaign. Nationally, these test men and women drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles almost 1,000,000 miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications www.verizonwireless.com www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia and Vodafone . 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 .

BroadbandAccess speed claim is based on stationary tests with 5 MB FTP data files w/o compression and requires compatible EV-DO Rev. A device. Actual throughput speed varies. BroadbandAccess is available to more than 240 million people in 248 major metros in the U.S. V CAST Music phone & per song charges required; airtime may apply for music downloads. Additional charges required for other V CAST services. Offers & coverage, varying by service, not available everywhere. Network details and coverage maps at http://www.vzw.com .

CONTACT: Michael Murphy of Verizon Wireless, +1-781-932-1213, Michael.Murphy@verizonwireless.com; or Anne Elise O'Connor of ThomsonCommunications for Verizon Wireless, +1-617-548-2765,

Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/ http://www.vzw.com/ http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia/