Walla Walla, Washington Network Expansion Give Verizon Wireless Customers Something To Talk About

BELLEVUE, WA — In its continuing effort to provide the most reliable wireless service in Washington, Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with a key cell site Walla Walla.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us because they know they'll get wireless service they can depend on," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "The company's $360 million investment in its premier wireless network in Washington over the past four years demonstrates Verizon Wireless's commitment to customer satisfaction."

Motorists and residents in Walla Walla are now experiencing increased coverage in Tietan Park, the area around Walla Walla General Hospital as well as the VA Hospital thanks to the new Verizon Wireless cell site.

The network expansion follows closely on the heels of the company's 2005 expansion in Eastern Washington that took three years to complete and cost $50 million. The new cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of growing demand in Washington for the company's popular voice and data services, including TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, NationalAccess wireless Internet and Get It Now® ring tones, games, productivity applications and more.

The company's 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the "Can you hear me now? Good®" national advertising campaign. These engineers conduct more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles a month in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Georgia Taylor at 206-940-0385 or georgia.taylor@verizonwireless.com.  

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