updated: 12/27/2007 11:38:21 AM

Verizon Expands Wireless Network Into Bloomington Area

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Verizon Wireless says it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to Bloomington, Bedford, Ellettsville, French Lick, Mitchell and Paoli. The expansion will allow customers in those areas to have BroadbandAccess and receive V CAST service. The company has also activated a new cell site in Carlisle to improve reception.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Dec. 27, 2007 -- Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to Bloomington, Bedford, Ellettsville, French Lick, Mitchell and Paoli.

"This is a vital area with dynamic, tech-savvy business people and consumers who want to stay connected," said Greg Haller, president-Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "The expansion of our broadband network in Bloomington and the surrounding towns provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."

With the wireless broadband network now available in Bloomington, Bedford, Ellettsville, French Lick, Mitchell and Paoli, Verizon Wireless customers can enjoy two prime services:


- BroadbandAccess, the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips Verizon Wireless' business customers with a truly untethered
mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their
calendars, the Internet, email and critical business information
residing behind their companies' firewalls; and

- V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.

BroadbandAccess

Based on Evolution-Data Optimized Revision A (EV-DO Rev. A) network technology, BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers with the ability to access their corporate information as if they were attached to this data via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

With BroadbandAccess, business customers, residents and visitors can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500 kbps to 800 kbps.
That means they can download a 1 megabyte email attachment -- the equivalent of a small PowerPoint(r) presentation or a large PDF file -- in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.

BroadbandAccess also enables Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately 10 times faster than customers of wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies. Furthermore, customers who travel outside the enhanced BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to the company's NationalAccess service.

"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication -- speed, mobility and security," Haller said. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."

V CAST: Video and Music

The company's wireless broadband network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, which offer customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to the handset with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather updates, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.

With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.5 million songs -- from well-known as well as independent artists -- that customers can download over-the-air, directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled wireless phones.

Investment

The multi-million dollar expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the area. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion since it was formed -- more than $5 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $816 million of this investment was spent in Indiana.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States, which is available to more than 210 million people across the country. In Indiana, Verizon Wireless' broadband network is also available in Anderson, Brazil, central Indiana (including Indianapolis), Cambridge City, Clinton, Columbus, Connersville, Edinburgh, the greater Fort Wayne area (including Auburn, Bluffton, Columbia City and Decatur), Greensburg, Hagerstown, Lafayette, Liberty, Muncie, Nashville, North Vernon, northwest Indiana (including Demotte, Gary, Merrillville, Monon, Monticello, Rensselaer, Reynolds, Roselawn and Wolcott), Richmond, Seymour, southwest Indiana (including Evansville), South Bend, Sullivan, Terre Haute, Vincennes and Washington.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, call
1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications
(NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD) (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.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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CARLISLE, Ind., Dec. 27, 2007 -- Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Carlisle that improves Verizon Wireless'
voice and data network in the following areas:


- In Carlisle
-U.S. Route 41 between Carlisle and Oaktown
-State Road 58 in southern Sullivan County

With the improved network coverage, more customers can 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.

"Network reliability is the No. 1 reason that customers choose and stay with Verizon Wireless," said Greg Haller, president - Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "Getting through on the first try and maintaining a connection are important to our customers. We continue to optimize our network so that it remains reliable."

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 Indiana and throughout the country.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion since it was formed -- more than $5 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $816 million of this investment was spent in Indiana.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD) (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.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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