Verizon Wireless Announces Digital Service in Erwin

Verizon Wireless Announces Digital Service in Erwin

Service Provides Better Clarity, Larger Reception Area

December 6, 2001




Verizon Wireless customers in Erwin now have access to the highest quality, most advanced wireless service as a result of new technology deployed by Verizon Wireless as a part of its national $4 billion network improvement program.

"With the addition of digital service, we are able to provide more comprehensive service to our Erwin customers than ever before," said Ryan Chandler, Verizon Wireless' East Tennessee retail general manager. "Our customers will be very pleased and notice a sizeable difference in the benefits that go along with digital service."

Some of the benefits Erwin customers will now be able to take advantage of are improved and extended digital coverage through Johnson City to the North Carolina state line along Interstate 181, clearer and wider-ranging reception and batteries that last much longer due to the lower amount of power required for digital phones. Customers can also enjoy MobileWebSM service with email, Mobile IP and Mobile Office to connect to the internet using a laptop and convenient price plans such as National SingleRateSM Service.

Although the company has introduced digital service in Cleveland, Chandler noted that the company's dual-mode digital phones will still work in those portions of the network operating in analog mode.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.