Verizon Wireless Test Man Targets Northern California; Network Enhanced In Bay Area Peninsula, Other Locales

Verizon Wireless Test Man Targets Northern California; Network Enhanced In Bay Area Peninsula, Other Locales

Benefits Include Expanded Digital Wireless Coverage and Increased Call Capacity

July 3, 2002




Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has improved and expanded its digital network in a series of communicates in northern California. Based on the findings of its local team of "Can you hear me now?" Test Man experts, the company launched fifteen network enhancements throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area peninsula and other locales in northern California.

"Our television Test Man, with his signature 'Can you hear me now?' phrase, represents our commitment - we never stop working for you," said Tony Simpson, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "We're focused on building a network that allows our customers to make a call, with clear reception, whenever they'd like, without getting dropped."

The Verizon Wireless digital network has been enhanced to improve digital call quality and meet increasing consumer demand in the San Francisco Bay Area peninsula, including:

  • City of San Jose: The region around the San Jose Shark Tank, also known as Compaq Center
  • Throughout the cities of Mountain View and Los Altos
  • Cities of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto: Within in the city of Palo Alto along Highway 280 and Sandhill Road; in the city of East Palo Alto in the areas covering Veterans Hospital, Willow Oaks Park and Seminary Oaks Park
  • City of Campbell: The area covering Los Gatos Creek Park, including south of John D. Morgan Park and east of Burrows Road
  • Half Moon Bay: Within the region beginning four miles north of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1 and ending four miles south of the bay on Highway 1 near Martin's Beach

Network enhancements in the San Francisco Bay Area, including much of the peninsula, will improve coverage for Verizon Wireless's Express NetworkSM. Express Network allows users to surf the Internet, access email and transmit data at speeds up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps), which is extraordinarily rapid for wireless access. For just $99.99 a month, users get unlimited access to the Express Network for wireless data needs. Unlimited Express Network can be added to most Verizon Wireless digital calling plans and voice and other data use will be charged at the your digital calling plan rates. Or, users can sign up for the Unlimited Express Network Calling Plan for no additional monthly access fee and your voice and other data use will be $.69 a minute coast to coast. The technology used by Express Network also increases the overall phone call capacity of the Bay Area network.

In addition, the Verizon Wireless network has been improved and expanded in a variety of other northern California communities, including:

  • City of Vacaville: Throughout the center portion of the city, including parts of Highway 80, Peabody Road and Allison Parkway.
  • Cities of Hayward and San Lorenzo: Along Highway 238 and between Highway 580 and Highway 880
  • City of Gilroy: Approximately three miles to the west and one mile to the east on Highway 152, including two miles south on Santa Teresa Blvd.
  • City of Stockton: Southeast on Highway 580 to the Highway 132 exit and Northeast on Tracy Blvd to Linne Road
  • King City: Throughout most of King City, including the municipal airport
  • City of Parkfield: Approximately one mile west from the Highway 46/Highway 41 interchange and extending more than 14 miles on Cholame Valley Road north from Highway 46 East and four miles west Vineyard Canyon Road from Cholame Valley Road
  • City of New Cuyama: Approximately 15 miles to the east of Highway 166; four miles south on Highway 35 from the Highway 33/Highway 166 interchange; and, eight miles to the west on Highway 166 to Sierra Madre Road

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 30 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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