Verizon Wireless Launches Digital Service in St. George and Cedar City

Verizon Wireless Launches Digital Service in St. George and Cedar City

Part of $18 Million Statewide Investment

October 25, 2001




Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today announced the launch of digital service in St. George and Cedar City. The new digital coverage is part of the company's $18 million investment in Utah in 2001.

Verizon Wireless has made a series of network improvements in the state since acquiring the southern Utah markets last year. This year's expenditures are part of a $4 billion investment to improve and extend the reach of Verizon Wireless' network nationwide.

"The expansion of digital service in southern Utah is an example of our commitment to continually develop and enhance our network," said Marni Walden, regional president for Verizon Wireless in the Mountain Region. "Digital service will provide our customers with numerous benefits, including greater call clarity and security, longer battery life and talk time. It will also position the company to offer advanced wireless services such as Internet access and text messaging in the near future."

Digital service also allows consumers to take advantage of Verizon Wireless' National SingleRateSM plan. The plan offers service with no long distance charges and is particularly appealing for travelers and business people. Digital customers can also take advantage of included digital plan features like caller ID and Voice Mail.

Previously, Verizon Wireless offered only analog service in southern Utah. With the introduction of digital service, analog customers can continue to enjoy their existing service, or choose to upgrade to a digital phone to take advantage of the features and benefits of digital service.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to bring residents of St. George and Cedar City the most advanced wireless technology," Walden said. "For many, it will enhance the way they communicate and stay in touch.

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), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. 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.