In Northern California Verizon Wireless Ranks Highest In Call Quality In The West In J.D. Power And Associates Call Quality Study Volume 2

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless network, announced today that the company has been recognized for the “Highest Call Quality Performance Among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the West,” which includes Northern California, in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study(SM) Volume 2.

The J.D. Power and Associates Wireless Call Quality Performance Study employs a call quality index based on criteria that impact overall carrier performance. The wireless phone subscribers surveyed were asked about their experiences with static/interference, connection on first try, voice distortion, echoes, dropped/disconnected calls, immediate voice mail notification and immediate text message notification.

“Our reputation as the provider with the nation’s most reliable wireless network is a result of our continued investment of $45 billion since the company was formed, and our unwavering commitment to turn this investment into quality service improvements for our customers,” said Rich Garwood, region president for Verizon Wireless.

“A wireless phone is only as good as the network it runs on, so we constantly monitor and improve our network so our customers can not only make calls, but can stay connected and experience a quality call from start to finish.”

Verizon Wireless’ “nation’s most reliable wireless network” claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company’s national advertising campaign. These engineers conduct more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on the Verizon Wireless network and other national wireless carriers’ networks while traveling almost 1 million miles across the nation.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion – on average $5.5 billion annually – in its network since 2000 when the company was formed. In 2007, Verizon Wireless invested more than $650 million to expand and advance its network in California.

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