WILKES-BARRE, PA — Wireless calling, text messaging and surfing the Mobile Web on the Verizon Wireless high-speed 3G network will be easier and faster for Luzerne County residents and visitors this fall, thanks to the activation of two new cell sites, one in Wilkes-Barre and another in Dennison Township.
The new site in Wilkes-Barre increases coverage and capacity along Bear Creek and Black Mountain Road, as well as the community surrounding Lake Aleeda. The second site in Dennison Township enhances coverage and capacity along Interstate 476 and Route 437.
With the improved network coverage, customers can use their wireless devices to send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; view high-quality videos; and access VZ Navigator(SM)'s turn-by-turn directions, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls. The Verizon Wireless network also is built for reliability during emergencies, such as power outages and extreme weather conditions, with redundancy capabilities in place to maintain service for customers when they need it the most.
These network enhancements are part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services. Verizon Wireless spent more than $119 million to enhance services and coverage across central, northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware so far in 2009, bringing the network investment in the region to more than $1.2 billion since 2001.
"We've always believed even the most advanced cell phone is only as good as the network it runs on," said Mario Turco, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region."Our 3G high-speed Mobile Broadband network is the largest and most reliable in the United States, and field tests are underway that will enable us to become the first wireless company to offer commercial LTE (Long Term Evolution)-based 4G service in the U.S., starting in 2010."
Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the second quarter of 2009 when the company reported a total of 87.7 million customers. The company continues to lead the industry in customer loyalty rates and, for the sixth consecutive year, also led the industry in customer satisfaction in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey.
During the second quarter, Verizon Wireless customers sent or received an average of 1.6 billion text messages each day, totaling more than 146 billion text messages, 15 billion more than last quarter. Customers also sent 2.5 billion picture/video messages and completed 40 million music and video downloads during the quarter.
Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and test women drive more than 90 specially-equipped vehicles nearly one million miles each year on the country's most frequently traveled roadways to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. 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.
For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.
Editor's Note: Media representatives interested in setting up an interview or ride-along network drive test with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman can call Lyndsay Frank at (717) 231-5337.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.####