Wireless Phone Users in South Bend, Indiana, Now Experience Even Clearer Reception and Fewer Dropped Calls

SOUTH BEND, IN — To stay ahead of the growing demand for its voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has installed two new cell sites in South Bend that enhance its digital network coverage and capacity on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Specifically, the two cell sites increase network coverage and capacity on the southwest end of the campus, near and around Notre Dame Stadium and the Joyce Center. Additionally, the cell sites improve signal penetration into area buildings.

With these activations, more Verizon Wireless customers who live, work or study on or near the campus-or who are just traveling through the area-will be able to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive TXT and Picture Messages, and download games and ring tones while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

"We have always been committed to providing the nation's most reliable network," said Tracy Nolan, region president for Verizon Wireless. "That means improving coverage in urban, suburban and rural communities across Indiana and the United States."

Reliable service is fundamental to customer loyalty, and Verizon Wireless boasts the highest customer loyalty in the industry. During the third quarter of 2005, only 1.3 percent of its customers disconnected their service, which is well below the industry average.

"The value we offer our customers is closely tied to our industry-leading customer retention," Nolan said. "Wireless consumers today understand that value is not defined by price alone. A major reason our customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us is because we offer the nation's most reliable network."

The new cell sites in South Bend are part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Indiana and across the country. Since its inception in 2000, the company has consistently spent more than $4 billion annually-and more than $5 billion last year-to expand and improve its network nationwide. Approximately $103 million of this investment was spent in 2004 to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in Indiana.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.