PARKERSBURG - Verizon Wireless on Thursday donated $50,000 to domestic violence operations in the region to celebrate the Parkersburg area as the 500th market to launch the company's 4G Long Term Evolution, the nation's largest 4G LTE network.
Representatives from the company and local agencies met at the Blennerhassett Hotel where Verizon presented the five domestic violence organizations with $10,000 each in grants made available through the company's HopeLine program.
The organizations were the Parkersburg Family Crisis Intervention Center, Eve Inc. Safe House in Marietta, the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, YWCA Resolve from Charleston and Branches from Huntington.
Verizon also conducted a citywide scavenger hunt for Parkersburg residents to win one of 10 new 4G LTE smartphones or tablets. Verizon hid 100 pins in secret locations around town and residents joined the scavenger hunt by texting 4GLTE to 49640 for full details and up-to-the-minute clues that led them to the locations of the pins.
Those who found a pin brought it to the event where they were entered into a raffle for the chance to win one of 10 4G LTE smartphones or tablets.
4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.9 million retail customers, including 93.2 million retail postpaid customers.