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Saratoga County, New York, Residents to Benefit from Verizon Wireless Network Expansion
Aug 07, 2008 (12:08 PM EDT)


ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in Saratoga County, Verizon Wireless has expanded its network with a new cell site in Milton. The new site improves coverage and capacity in the Town of Milton, along New York State Route 67 between Finley Road and Middleline Road, and along Goode Road between Englehart Road and Randall Road.

This network expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless' voice and data services. The company has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed -- $5.5 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

Services include wireless data services such as picture messaging, text messaging, V CAST and V CAST Music with Rhapsody, ESPN MVP and BroadbandAccess, the company's high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. It provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second, and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless' services continued during the second quarter of 2008 as the company added 1.5 million net new customers. Verizon Wireless, the wireless company with the highest customer loyalty, reported the lowest customer turnover (highest customer loyalty) rate in the industry -- 1.1 percent in the second quarter -- for the 15th consecutive quarter.

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. These engineers drive 90 specially equipped vehicles almost 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S., and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

Last year, Verizon Wireless introduced its 30-day Test Drive, an industry first that lets customers experience its network virtually risk-free for 30 days. If customers are not satisfied with their experience and take their number to another carrier, Verizon Wireless will refund their money for calls, equipment, activation fee and taxes. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com .

About Verizon Wireless

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 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 .

CONTACT: John O'Malley of Verizon Wireless, +1-585-321-7264, or John.OMalley@verizonwireless.com+1-585-261-5899, ; Meredith Dropkin,+1-315-413-4293,

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