Verizon Wireless Makes it Easier to Switch to the Nation's Best Wireless Network Without Changing Numbers

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless announced that it has launched two Web sites as part of its commitment to simplify the process of changing wireless service providers while retaining the same phone number-known as local number portability or LNP. On November 24th wireless customers in the top 100 metropolitan areas will be granted the ability to change wireless carriers, without the hassle of having to change phone numbers; those interested in switching to Verizon Wireless can sign up today to be contacted regarding whether their number is eligible. The Web sites, one for individual consumers and one for businesses, can be found at or Those still deciding whether to switch can review the FAQ section to learn more about LNP and what it means for them.

"Verizon Wireless supports local number portability and has been diligently working to implement system upgrades, new processes and procedures to ensure a smooth and barrier-free transition for all customers," said Denny Strigl, president and CEO for Verizon Wireless.

The Verizon Wireless network is renowned for its expansive, dependable coverage as evidenced by the many awards it has received, including The Wall Street Journal's "Top Choice," award and many reader's choice awards throughout the country from the Florence Morning News in South Carolina to Michigan's Saginaw News to the San Jose Mercury News.

Verizon Wireless has also received high marks for its other differentiating services: Laptop Magazine and Network Computing give Verizon Wireless' high-speed wireless data service, the NationalAccess network, its highest ratings. And noted personal technology columnist for BusinessWeek, Steve Wildstrom, declared Get It NowSM to be the best of any other downloadable-application service available.

Consumers and businesses that do not want to change their long-held wireless or landline phone number but do want to sign up with the wireless carrier that offers the nation's most reliable network can do so starting November 24, 2003, the start date of a mandate by the Federal Communications Commission that allows customers to retain their eligible phone number if they choose to switch.

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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 36 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