News Release

Verizon Wireless Enhances Digital Service In Kent County

CDMA Service Provides Better Call Clarity and Advanced Wireless Services Like Internet Access, Text Messaging

May 20, 2001

Pam Boyd
pam@thomasboyd.com
856-642-6226

WILMINGTON, DE — Verizon Wireless has enhanced digital wireless service in Kent County, Delaware with the addition of two new digital cell sites in Whitleysburg and Dover. Both sites use code division multiple access (CDMA) digital technology, which provide 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.

The Whitleysburg site will provide improved digital coverage along Routes 12 and 314 while the Dover site will provide additional digital capacity and indoor coverage at the Dover Downs Racetrack.

"This digital network upgrade will provide our business and consumer customers with improved wireless coverage when using our voice and data services," said Ann McCrystal, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "Digital service subscribers will notice an immediate difference in the quality of their calls."

CDMA digital wireless service transmits calls as a series of binary ones and zeroes for crystal-clear communication, as opposed to continuous radio waves transmitted by analog service, and each call is encoded for superior wireless security.

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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