SYRACUSE, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in the Syracuse area, Verizon Wireless has expanded its network with new cell sites in Baldwinsville, Clay, Chittenango and Kirkville.
The new site in Baldwinsville improves coverage and capacity along Route 631 in Radisson and along segments of Route 481 and River Road between Route 31 and Phoenix.
- The new site in Clay improves EV-DO coverage and capacity along Route 481 between Route 31 and Caughdenoy Road.
- The new site in Chittenango improves coverage and capacity along I-90 between Minoa and Chittenango.
- The new site in Kirkville improves coverage and capacity along I-90 between Minoa and Kirkville.
This network expansion is part of the company's 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. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $37 billion on average, $5 billion every year since the company was formed seven years ago to increase coverage and capacity, and to offer customers the most reliable service available in the nation. Services include wireless data services such as picture messaging, text messaging, and BroadbandAccess, the company's high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. It provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second (mbps), and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the first quarter of 2007 as the company added 1.7 million net new customers. Verizon Wireless is the leader in wireless customer loyalty, posting a record-breaking low customer turnover rate of 1.1% in the first quarter, well below the rate reported by the other major wireless carriers.
The company's 'nation's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. These engineers drive 98 specially equipped vehicles over one million miles on average each quarter on Interstate, US and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.
Verizon Wireless recently introduced its 30-day Test Drive, an industry first that lets customers experience its network virtually risk-free for 30 days. If customers are not satisfied with their experience and take their number to another carrier, Verizon Wireless will refund their money for calls, equipment, activation fee and taxes. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
Editor's Note: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 John O'Malley at 585-321-7264.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 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 66,000 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.####