VERIZON MIDWEST HIGHLIGHTS - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13

Each week, we share a collection of Verizon news and stories from your neighborhood that you may have missed in the past week. Here’s what’s new with Verizon in the Midwest from the week of February 13.

OHIO / WEST VIRGINIA / PENNSYLVANIA REGION

Review: Droid 4, it’s all about the keyboard - Neowin.net - Ohio (February 13, 2012)

The Motorola Droid 4 is the successor to the Droid 3, Droid 2 and of course, the Original Droid. If you can think back to when the OG Droid launched, it was a product designed to be Verizon’s answer to the iPhone (at the time). Moving forward several years and we are now on the 4th iteration of the Droid and it continues to build upon what made the previous devices attractive; a solid full qwerty keyboard. … The Droid 4 is for one type of buyer and one type only, those that need a physical keyboard and if you fall in to that category, the Droid 4 is a fantastic device.

Save Some Cash On Your Next Phone Purchase With The Verizon Wireless Trade In Program - TechBurgh - Pennsylvania (February 15, 2012)

Every wonder what to do with that old phone when you upgrade? Sure selling it on ebay or Cragislist is an option, but how can you be sure you won’t be ripped off. Thanks to Verizon Wireless those days are over.  The Newly launched In Store Trade-In program will give you a instantly redeemable gift card for up too $300 dollars. How much you get depends on the make, model and condition of the phone you are trading in, Not only does this put some more green in your pocket it also helps protect the environment from all the waste of millions of cell phones. Not worried about the environment? How about the fact that these devices will go to help victims of domestic violence. Check out the complete review after the break.

GREAT PLAINS REGION

Android has come to this: the Razr Maxx and Droid 4 enthrall - Your Tech Weblog, St. Paul Pioneer Press - St. Paul, MN (February 13, 2012) 

I’m an Apple iPhone user (via AT&T, the carrier that best fits my needs). As a tech reviewer playing with loaner phone after loaner phone, however, I’m increasingly impressed with Android-based handsets. Two of the best are on the Verizon network and made by Motorola. One of these, the Droid Razr Maxx, is notable for its exceptional battery life. The other handset, the Droid 4, has the best slide-out keyboard I’ve seen on a phone to date (and isn’t too shabby in the battery department, either). Because of these phones, I’m more excited about the Android ecosystem than ever. I still think the iPhone is the best smartphone overall (with models on Verizon and Sprint as well as AT&T), but Android is coming on strong. 

Verizon invested $40 million in South Dakota last year - Sioux Falls Business Journal - Sioux Falls, SD (February 15, 2012)

Verizon Wireless announced today it invested $40 million in 2011 to enhance its network in South Dakota, including the expansion of its 4G LTE network to Sioux Falls and Rapid City. … Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $296 million in its network in South Dakota.

MICHIGAN / INDIANA / KENTUCKY REGION

NFL Mobile & The Super Bowl - The Freak Show, 1450AM The Sports Buzz - Louisville, KY (February 8, 2012)

John Renshaw: “Speaking of Super Bowl, I did something that I never thought I would ever do. I have been waiting for this whole Jetson’s culture to take over…only proof I have of the future is that I watched the Super Bowl on my phone…in HD…folks at Verizon  have let me use the Rezound 4G HTC phone…for me it’s all about music…absolutely insane…can hear every single instrument…has NFL Mobile app as well.  I am going to go outside and watch 10  minutes of the Super Bowl on this little device in my hands with no cords. It was crystal clear and it was no buffering because it was 4G. Because I’m hooked up with Verizon. Numbers came out…Verizon did a great job building up network around Lucas Oil Stadium…Verizon also recently upgraded everything around Louisville and Lexington so you can get 4G network. That 4G Long Term Evolution network now available in Louisville and 198 other cities so 200 million people can jam out to song “Sweet Melissa” by Allman Brothers and watch Super Bowl at same time and take a phone call and check Twitter and update Facebook status.”

Super Bowl Data Numbers - The Bob Valvano show, ESPN Louisville AM 680 - Louisville, KY (February 9, 2012)

Bob Valvano: “I was at radio row at Super Bowl, and I found out from our friends at Verizon Wireless…used non-stop while I was there…numbers came out … customers used 2 ¾ times more data than last year’s Super Bowl, and 4.5 times more data than regular game at Lucas Oil Stadium…call volume went up more than 1,000 percent…that’s 11 times more voice calls than regular season game…network performed flawlessly…Verizon Wireless enhanced its network at more than 30 venues around Indianapolis…I used it last night in West Virginia…I’m wearing that thing out when I go play these road games and it’s never let me down.”

Will Perdue: “I can agree with that. I’m very fortunate because of speed I’ve snagged a seat when I got delayed and changed my flight while I was actually waiting in line…I’ve used it in numerous places and it has yet to fail me…this weekend I’ll be in Maryland and I’ll be in the cage using that on our computer…they have computer system there which is great…occasionally I have to look things up and boom you get the 3G and away you go…bottom line, you can’t beat it…I’m a NASCAR guy and Verizon is the one carrier that actually works at all the tracks…the joke is that their competitor who sponsors NASCAR, uh hem, Sprint, uses a jammer and nobody can get out unless they use Sprint service, but I‘ve never had a problem making calls and sending texts with Verizon.”

Valvano: “So go visit our friends over there at Verizon tell them Bob and Will sent you.”

Perdue: “You know, people ask me why we talk about Verizon all the time…bottom line is it makes our job easier.”

ILLINOIS / WISCONSIN REGION

Verizon invests 159 million in Indiana network - NWI Times - Gary, IN (February 17, 2012)

Verizon Wireless announced it has invested in a new cell-activated site in Gary, which improves voice and data coverage north to W. 15th Avenue, south to W. 33rd Avenue, east to Grant Street and west to Clark Road. The company says it has invested $159 million in 2011 to enhance its network in Indiana, which includes the expansion of 4G LTE to 23 Hoosier cities, 10 universities and four professional sporting venues, according to a news release.

Verizon invests $99M in network - Green Bay Press Gazette - Green Bay, WI (February 16, 2012)

Verizon Wireless this week announced it invested $99 million in 2011 to enhance its network in Wisconsin. The investment includes expansion its 4G LTE service to Appleton, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Wisconsin Dells. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network now covers more than 200 million people in 195 markets across the country, the company said. Additional markets are planned for 2012 with coverage of the entire 3G network footprint planned for the end of 2013.

KANSAS / MISSOURI REGION

Four Droid 4’s For Fourth Anniversary - KSGF Radio AM/FM - Springfield, MO (February 11, 2012)

”Tech Talk”, the popular radio talk show devoted to cellular and computer technology, celebrated its fourth anniversary on the air on February 11 on KSGF Radio in Springfield, MO. In recognition of this milestone, show host Luke Davis gave away four Droid 4 devices to call-in listeners. In addition to featuring the Droid 4, the newest Verizon Wireless device in the Droid family, Davis discussed the power of the 4G network in the Springfield area, which was activated in November 2011.

Verizon Everyday Hero - KTVI-TV - St. Louis, MO (February 17, 2012)

An interview with Barbara Bowman of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to encourage more votes for the Everyday Hero program.

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