News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Network Along I-10 Between Phoenix and Quartzite

July 10, 2001

Jenny Weaver
480-763-6321 Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com

PHOENIX, AZ — In its continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for Arizona residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today announced that it has expanded its digital network along Interstate 10. The expanded digital service now extends west from Phoenix to Quartzsite, Ariz.

"This digital expansion provides greater network coverage to customers who live and travel through the area. It also enhances the quality and clarity of wireless calls," said Greg Carek, executive director, network for Verizon Wireless.

The digital expansion is part of a $4 billion investment program to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network. Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless completed network enhancements to launch digital service in Yuma.

"We're working to stay ahead of the demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in western Arizona, living up to our Worry Free Guaranteesm which promises our customers, among other things, the largest, most advanced nationwide wireless network," added Carek.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 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 97 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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