News Release

Verizon Wireless Upgrades Its Network In Wheatland

Wireless Provider Enhances Coverage Along Heavily-Traveled I2

April 24, 2001

Debra Havins
debra.havins@verizonwireless.com
303-694-8560

WHEATLAND, WY — In its continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today announced that it has upgraded its analog network in the greater Wheatland area. The improvements expand Verizon Wireless' coverage and enhance call quality for customers using their wireless phones while traveling on Interstate 25 north to mile marker 83, south on I-25 between mile markers 73 and 83 as far east as Hill Drive and as far west as Ayers.

"The ultimate factor in the quality of wireless service - and the customer's satisfaction - is the network that carries the call, and the recent enhancement to our Wyoming network is another example of Verizon Wireless' commitment to delivering superior network quality in all of our markets," said Marni Walden, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We invested more than $4 million in the Wyoming wireless network last year, and we are preparing to bring digital service to Wyoming communities later this year."

Verizon Wireless' local network has experienced significant growth in call volume over the last several months. The enhanced network is designed to meet the current needs of local wireless users and enabled increased use. Upgrading Verizon Wireless' analog network in rural communities is part of the company's planned $4 billion investment in 2001 to improve its extensive, nationwide wireless network.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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