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Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Further Expands in Western Massachusetts on Dec. 20

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>30 Communities Along Insterstate 91 and Interstate 90 Corridors to Further Benefit from 4G LTE Enhancement and Expansion</i> </p>

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Further Expands in Western Massachusetts on Dec. 2010:18 EST Wednesday, December 19, 2012 (Business Wire) -- Verizon Wireless: WHO: Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network WHAT: Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network is expanding in Western Massachusetts on Dec. 20. Verizon Wireless customers in 20 communities will be able to experience the speed and capabilities offered by the nation's largest 4G LTE network when the company introduces the service tomorrow. Existing 4G LTE service in 10 additional Western Massachusetts communities is also being enhanced. WHERE: The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be introduced in the following 20 Western Massachusetts communities on Dec. 20: Belchertown Bernardston Blandford Brimfield Chester Easthampton Erving Greenfield Hampden Huntington Montague Orange Pelham Russell Southampton Sunderland Wales Westfield Westhampton Whately First deployed locally in Greater Springfield in July 2011, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is being further enhanced in the following 10 Western Massachusetts communities: Agawam Amherst East Longmeadow Hatfield Holyoke Ludlow Northampton Springfield West Springfield Wilbraham For street-level detail of coverage and more, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE. WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 BACKGROUND: Two years after its launch, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network offers more 4G LTE coverage than all other competitors' networks combined, with coverage currently available to more than 250 million people throughout the United States. On Thursday, Dec. 20, the network will expand to offer 4G LTE service in more than 470 markets throughout the country. “The further expansion of our 4G LTE network will enable customers to use their 4G LTE devices in more parts of Western Massachusetts to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than before,” said Christine Berberich, New England President for Verizon Wireless. “We continue expanding and enhancing our 4G LTE network in Western Massachsuetts to provide our customers with the best wireless experience possible.” Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $3 billion into its New England network, including more than $297 million in 2011, to increase coverage and capacity on behalf of customers. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network is the nation's largest and was recently recognized in New England for ranking highest among all other national wireless providers in the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study(SM), Volume 2. To learn more about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, please visit http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/2012/12/verizon-wireless-4G-LTE-two-year-anniversary.html. For a full list of 4G LTE markets please visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte. About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: 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. Verizon WirelessMichael Murphy, 781-932-1213Michael.Murphy@verizonwireless.comorfor Verizon WirelessMackenzie Kreitler, 978-518-4536MKreitler@matternow.com