Tennessee Ranks #1 'Textiest' State in the Southeast According To Verizon Wireless...

Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:00am EDT

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Tennessee Ranks #1 'Textiest' State in the Southeast According To Verizon
Wireless Text Messaging Study
- Nashville Leads State and Southeast For Most Text Messages Sent/Received Per
Month -

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, operators of
the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, finds Tennessee
customers as the 'textiest' customers for sending and receiving the most text
messages per month, according to results from the company's "Big City Wireless
Use Study."
    The study revealed that Verizon Wireless customers in Nashville earned the
number one spot as the states 'textiest city' with customers sending and
receiving 819 million text messages from January to April 2008. Knoxville
landed the number two position with over 420 million text messages during that
same time period, while neighboring Chattanooga earned third place with 408
million text messages.
    The "Big City Wireless Use Study" was initially developed by Verizon
Wireless to compare the growth in text messaging from April 2006 to April 2008
in the Southeastern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana,
Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and
Virginia. The study revealed an increase in text messaging among the company's
Tennessee customers by 520% in 24 months (April 2006 to April 2008).

    Tennessee City  #Text Messages Sent/  Tennessee City  #Text Messages Sent/
                    Received April 2008                   Received April 2008

    Cannon              39,710,411            Maury            8,904,124
    Chattanooga        111,638,629            Memphis         37,501,895
    Clarkesville        19,592,174            Nashville      223,150,538
    Crossville          89,440,680            Rockwood         2,206,668
    Jackson             29,516,957            Shelbyville     67,229,841
    Johnson City            24,762            Sweetwater       4,860,116
    Knoxville          117,123,113            Tri-Cities      50,890,874
    Lawrenceburg         8,369,135            Union City      90,339,441
    Lenoir              50,509,348            Waverly          4,122,424

    "Our text messaging study offers an interesting snapshot of how Americans
have come to rely on their cell phones every day to do much more than make
phone calls," comments Jerry Fountain, Verizon Wireless president for the
Carolinas/Tennessee region. "Text messaging is a great way to communicate
information such as text and pictures quickly and efficiently and stay
connected with family and friends all over the globe."
    According to CTIA, The International Wireless Association for the Wireless
Telecommunications Industry, text message sending and receiving jumped from
14.4 million in 2000 to 48.1 billion in 2007.
    In 2006, Nashville was ranked the tenth "talkiest city" in a Verizon
Wireless study that compares 50 of the most populated cities to determine
nationwide which city's residents chatted the most on their cell phones.
Results found that Verizon Wireless customers in Nashville made and received
on average 225 calls per month.
    For more information about text messaging products and services, visit
www.verizonwireless.com or www.vtext.com.
    About Verizon Wireless
    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and
data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge,
N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of
Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).  For more
information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request
broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless
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SOURCE  Verizon Wireless

Carly Culbertson, Verizon Wireless, +1-864-987-2006,
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