Largest And Most Reliable 3G Wireless Network Just Got Better In Yuma, Arizona

YUMA, AZ — Verizon Wireless recently completed the integration of its network with that of Alltel across Yuma and La Paz counties to provide customers with clearer reception, fewer dropped calls and more coverage, including stronger in-building coverage.

More customers can now use their wireless devices to make calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet at broadband speeds; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones — all on the nation's most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network.

Customers in the two counties are encouraged to dial *228, option 2 to update their Verizon Wireless or Alltel-branded handset. The call is toll and airtime-free. Customers with an Alltel-branded wireless data card should visit a Communications Store for an update of their data card. Verizon Wireless has been preparing to integrate Alltel's network since completing its purchase of the company 11 months ago and follows the branding and billing conversion the company completed in October. Verizon Wireless upgraded and integrated Alltel's 3G data network to the latest revision of wireless broadband technology to enable faster delivery of data applications, including e-mail and browsing the Internet.

The network upgrade is part of the company's ongoing investment to keep improving and strengthening the nation's largest and most reliable 3G wireless network. A side-by-side comparison of 3G network coverage maps shows that Verizon Wireless has more 3G coverage than the three other major carriers.

"The addition of Alltel's network to the Verizon Wireless network provides our customers with unmatched cell site density and coverage in Yuma and La Paz counties," said Tony Heyman, regional president, Verizon Wireless.

"The network is what makes it possible for customers to truly enjoy the features of their devices like making calls, messaging, downloading apps, checking e-mail and surfing the Web. Our focus is on providing the best customer experience, which we know is largely driven by our network, so we will continue investing in our Arizona network to make the experience better every day."

Verizon Wireless has spent more than $755 million on network enhancements throughout Arizona since 2000 when the company was formed.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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