News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Service Coverage In Lower Manhattan

June 18, 2001

Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

David Samberg
david.samberg@verizonwireless.com
845-365-7212

ORANGEBURG, NY — Verizon Wireless has expanded service coverage in New York City with a new cell site in lower Manhattan.

"The new cell site will provide customers who live in and travel through the area with greater wireless network coverage and increased clarity when making wireless calls," said Heidi Hemmer, Verizon Wireless Director of Engineering in metropolitan New York.

The site improves service in the area between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, south of West 8th Street and north of Prince Street.

The new site is part of a $4 billion investment program to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network. More than $300 million of that investment is being used to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the New York Metro area.

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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