Who's Winning After Two Years Of Nationwide Local Number Portability?

DALLAS, TX — Unsatisfied consumers who plan to switch wireless carriers in the next three months said Verizon Wireless would be their top carrier of choice, according to a recent survey by the NPD Group, a leading consumer and retail information company. Verizon Wireless, the first carrier to call for easy, barrier-free porting for customers, remains the industry leader in customer retention, based on published, "churn," customer retention, statistics.

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate for Local Number Portability went into effect nationwide nearly two years ago, millions of consumers changed wireless carriers taking their phone number with them. They are still switching.

"Consumers like being able to switch wireless carriers and keep their same number," said Luis Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Verizon Wireless is committed to quick and easy number porting and leading in customer loyalty to deliver the best wireless experience to its customers. Our commitment to having the best network is why customers are continuing to choose to stay with Verizon Wireless at industry-record levels."

The company invested more than $290 million in its Texas network in 2005, with $30 billion being invested nationwide in the last six years — $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/aboutUs/awards.jsp to view a selection of 2005 product and service awards.

Consumers can learn more about local number portability and products and services from Verizon Wireless online at www.verizonwireless.com, by calling a Verizon Wireless Customer Representative at 1-800-2 JOIN IN or by visiting a Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

Editor's Note: LNP went into effect November 2003 for major metropolitan areas; in May 2004, the rest of the nation followed.

Porting Tips: 1. Switch before disconnecting your current wireless service 2. Have your existing wireless contract or bill with you 3. Make the request yourself. To protect your privacy, only the account holder can request a port

Visit http://support.vzw.com/lnp/ for more information.

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