Wireless Phone Users In Holstein, Iowa, Now Experience Even Clearer Reception And Fewer Dropped Calls

DES MOINES, IA — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network, has activated a new cell site in Holstein, Iowa. The new site will enable more customers to use their wireless phones to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; and download games and ringtones while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The new cell site extends coverage and increases capacity in the town of Holstein, on U.S. Highway 59 north to the Ida County line and south to 220th St; and along U.S. Highway 20 east to Schaller and west to Cushing.

"This new site reflects our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and to provide them with the reliable, high quality network service they expect from Verizon Wireless," said Nancy B. Clark, president—Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless.

Reliable service is fundamental to customer loyalty, and Verizon Wireless boasts the highest customer loyalty in the industry. During the fourth quarter of 2006, only 1.14 percent of its customers disconnected their service, a figure well below the industry average.

"The value we offer our customers is closely tied to our industry-leading customer retention," Clark 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."

This new cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' continual effort to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Iowa and throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has invested $35 billion in the last seven years-$5 billion on average every year since the company was formed-to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. Nearly $42 million of this investment was spent in Iowa in 2006.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company 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.