Verizon Wireless Enhances Digital Service in Gowrie Iowa

GOWRIE, IA — Residents of Gowrie, Iowa will receive enhanced service in their local area when Verizon Wireless turns up a new digital cell site, scheduled for August 24. Verizon Wireless is acting on behalf of the Iowa 10 RSA partnership in improving wireless service to the town's residents.

The new site is a fixed antenna co-located on the water tower in downtown Gowrie. The site utilizes code division multiple access (CDMA) technology, which provides wireless users with call clarity and security, longer battery life and talk time, and the ability to use advanced services such as internet access and text messaging. Verizon Wireless offers a variety of digital wireless handsets and service plans, including local, regional and nationwide pricing options.

The new site is part of over $20 million dollars of network improvements in Iowa this year. With the nation's most extensive wireless network, Verizon Wireless is investing $4 billion in network improvements nationwide during 2001.

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