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Verizon Wireless customers have plenty to be happy about. Rumor has it the iPhone is coming to the carrier in January and that's not all: Upper Peninsula customers will see the benefit of Verizon Wireless recently completing a major capacity improvement project for its high-speed 3G network that will ensure the company continues to stay ahead of its customers' growing data usage on their smart phones, wireless modems and handsets.

The project entailed installing equipment on cell sites throughout the Upper Peninsula, increasing 3G data capacity of the network by 35 percent across the area. The enhancements will provide further value to Verizon Wireless customers in the U.P. who are looking to rely more and more on their wireless devices for accessing the Internet, social networking, viewing high-quality videos, downloading music, games and ring tones, and exchanging email.

"With so many of our customers relying on their devices for much more than just making phone calls, it's imperative that we stay ahead of their usage habits," says T.J. Fox, region president, Verizon Wireless. "It doesn't matter how many bells and whistles your smart phone offers if you cannot depend on it to keep you connected wherever you go. Verizon Wireless is committed to making sure our network has enough capacity to handle the increasing data traffic from our customers' Internet browsing, tweeting and mobile gaming."

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed--$5.7 billion on average every year--to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1.4 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Michigan, including more than $209 million in 2009.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: T.J. Fox, Verizon Wireless

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