Seminole, Florida, Resident Wins National President's Cabinet Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Andrew Detore, a Seminole resident and sales executive for Verizon Wireless at its Tyrone Boulevard retail store in St. Petersburg, has been named to the company's President's Cabinet for ranking in the top two percent nationally in sales and customer service during 2003. Detore was one of the top performers among more than 15,000 sales executives at Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier.

Detore earned a weeklong all-expenses-paid mountain resort vacation in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where the winners will be honored at an awards dinner hosted by Verizon Wireless and top wireless industry executives.

"Andrew is truly an asset to our company, our community and especially to his customers here in St. Petersburg," said Mike Lanman, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. "We're proud to honor him with this prestigious national award … and a hard-earned vacation."

Detore earned the distinction by providing Tampa Bay customers with outstanding sales and service on Verizon Wireless products and plans, such as the company's NationalAccess high-speed wireless data network, and text and picture messaging services.

To better serve its customers in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida, Verizon Wireless invested more than $180 million last year to further expand and enhance its all-digital network — bringing the company's network investment in the state to nearly $600 million over the past three years.

NationalAccess is one of the company's nationwide high-speed wireless data networks, providing fast wireless Internet service with bursts up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps). NationalAccess gives users full Internet access, intranet access and traditional email functionality via a laptop at unprecedented speeds for wireless access. Users can expect average speeds between 40 and 60 kbps, significantly higher than speeds being produced by competing technologies and comparable to, if not faster, than what PC users get when using a dial-up Internet service.

The newest high-speed data service from Verizon Wireless is BroadbandAccess, which provides average transfer speeds of 300-500 kbps. Verizon Wireless will roll out BroadbandAccess throughout Florida in 2004 and 2005.

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 37.5 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 To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto  

About the Verizon Wireless "Test Man" Ride-Along ProgramThe company's most reliable network claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company's national "Can you hear me now?" advertising campaign. They conduct more than 300,000 calls monthly on the Verizon Wireless network and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles across Florida in specially-equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles. These test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse "conversations." If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, contact Chuck Hamby at 813-615-4803 or via email at