PHILADELPHIA, PA — Verizon Wireless today announced it has completed more than $130 million in enhancements to its Philadelphia Tri-State Region network so far in 2006. The network expansion is part of an aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year (more than $1 billion every 90 days) to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. The company has invested $30 billion in the last six years $5 billion on average every year since 2000 to ensure network reliability and increase coverage and capacity.
During the third quarter, the company added 15 new cell sites across the region. The cell sites will improve coverage and capacity in:
Pennsylvania Allentown increased coverage and capacity along Cedar Crest Boulevard, Mechanicsville and Orefield Roads. Catasqua coverage and capacity enhancements along Howertown and Bullshead Roads and the intersection of Pine and Main Streets. Trexlertown service enhanced along U.S Routes 100 and 222. Walnutport new cell site augments coverage and capacity along Routes 145 and 873, and Mountain View Drive. Kennett Square increased coverage and capacity along Route 1 from Locust Lane to Old Kennett Road, and Route 82 from Greenwood Road to the Toughkenamon exit. Fairless Hills service enhanced along Oxford Valley and Trenton Roads. Paoli increased coverage and capacity along Routes 252 and 30.
New Jersey Barnegat Light & Seaside Heights service improved along Routes 35 and 37, Pompano Drive and Long Beach Avenue, in route to Island Beach State Park and Barnegat Bay. Brighton Beach - increased coverage and capacity along 30th Street and Long Beach Boulevard. Deerfield service enhanced along Kenyon Avenue and West Sherman Avenue, and portions of Routes 55 and 56. Ocean View - increased coverage and capacity along Routes 9 and 50 and portions of the Garden State Parkway. Trenton - coverage and capacity enhancements along State Street and Olden Avenue, to Clinton and Brunswick Avenues. Pemberton service improved along Julius Pemberton, Magnolia and North Pemberton Roads.
Delaware Rehoboth Beach - increased coverage and capacity along Route 1 and the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Wilmington service enhancements along Route 3 and Route 261, to Concord Pike.
"Customers count on us to deliver wireless service they can rely on," said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "We will continue to make these kinds of significant investments in our wireless network to ensure we deliver the reliable and innovative services customers want."
During the third quarter, the company also continued to rollout its two wide-area wireless broadband services, BroadbandAccess and V CAST, across the Philadelphia Region, giving local customers access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices. Both services are based on Evolution Data-Optimized (EV-DO) network technology. The company's wireless broadband network is now available to nearly three quarters of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region .
High-Speed BroadbandAccess Network Expands in Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware The most recent expansion brings service to a larger area of the Lehigh Valley's Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton metro area (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Cherryville, Northampton, Slatington, Schnecksville) reaching into Warren County, N.J. (Belvidere, Blairstown, Hackettstown, Hope, Port Murry, Washington). Service is also now available in Chester County, Pa. (Bucktown, Eagle, Ludwigs Corner, Chester Springs, West Grove, Red Lion, Avondale and Lenape); Ocean County, N.J. (Toms River, Lakewood, Brick, Point Pleasant, Lakehurst, Seaside Heights, Manahawkin, Long Beach Island, Bayville, Six Flags Great Adventure theme park) and to customers in New Castle County, DE.
Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess features the ability to connect to the Internet using a PC card that slides directly into most laptop computers and enables a download of a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment (the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file) in about 20 seconds. Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. The service is also available as an integrated option on select notebook computers.
The high-speed network also enables the company's V CAST multimedia service, which lets customers download full song tracks "on demand" right to their Verizon Wireless phones. Customers with XP operating software can also purchase songs from the V CAST Music store online. V CAST includes access to a catalog of more than 1.4 million songs and also offers video content on-demand, including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the third quarter of 2006 as the company added 1.9 million net new customers. Verizon Wireless is the leader in wireless customer loyalty. In the third quarter, the company posted a customer turnover rate of 1.2%, well below the rate reported by the other major wireless carriers.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 56.7 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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 preview and request 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.
BroadbandAccess and V CAST Pricing For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with a new or existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access for $59.99 monthly access. A new two-year customer agreement is required. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. The company's BroadbandAccess service is also available on some laptops. V CAST customers can download songs directly to their phone for $1.99 and receive two copies of each song: one for the phone and one to download onto their PC. Or they can purchase songs online for 99 cents each and download a copy onto their phone via a compatible USB cable for free. To access V CAST video content and games, customers need a V CAST-enabled phone, and either add a $15.00 monthly subscription to their Verizon Wireless calling plan or pay $3.00 for 24-hour use.####