News Release

Verizon Wireless Introduces Digital Service To Olean Area

New CDMA Digital Service Will Provide Better Call Clarity and Advanced Wireless Services

February 11, 2001

John O'Malley
john.omalley@verizonwireless.com
716-321-7264

Jill Lyon
315-233-3000 or 315-415-3533

ROCHESTER, NY — Verizon Wireless has introduced CDMA digital wireless service to the Olean area with the addition of two new digital cell sites. CDMA (code division multiple access) digital wireless technology provides wireless users with greater call clarity and security, longer battery life and talk time, and the ability to use advanced wireless services such as Internet access and text messaging.

"By bringing CDMA digital service to the Olean area, we're providing our local business and consumer customers with the technology and capabilities they've been asking for," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York region. "Digital service subscribers will notice an immediate difference in the quality of their calls and longer battery life."

CDMA digital wireless service transmits calls as a series of binary ones and zeroes, as opposed to continuous radio waves transmitted by analog service, for crystal-clear communication. CDMA also encodes each call for superior wireless security. CDMA digital handsets transmit at much lower power levels than analog handsets for significantly longer battery life and talk time, and users have the ability to access the Internet and send a text message from their digital wireless phone.

Verizon Wireless offers a variety of digital wireless handsets and service plans, including the DigitalChoice 300 plan for $39.99 monthly access.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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