News Release

San Diego Customers Confirm Satisfaction and Reward Verizon Wireless For Nationwide Network

September 25, 2001

Ron Kole
ron.kole@verizonwireless.com
949-286-8195

SAN DIEGO, CA — Verizon Wireless announced today it is the leader in customer satisfaction among wireless users in San Diego, according to the highly-regarded J.D. Power and Associates 2001 U.S. Wireless Customer Satisfaction StudySM released today. This is the third consecutive year Verizon Wireless has received this top ranking in San Diego. In the second J.D. Power and Associates formal ranking of customer satisfaction since the formation of Verizon Wireless last year, the company has shown it is a consistent leader in providing high customer satisfaction. Call quality was rated the most important factor in determining satisfaction by the study respondents. Other factors, in order of importance, were pricing options, corporate capability, customer service, credibility/communications, and roaming/coverage.

"Our customers in San Diego have spoken and have confirmed their satisfaction with their Verizon Wireless service," said Greg Klimek, president, Verizon Wireless, Southern California region. "We are gratified that our efforts to launch innovative products and services, such as Mobile Messenger text messaging and [FREEUP] prepaid service, as well as our continued focus on our tried-and-true digital offerings, have resonated with customers."

The ultimate factor in the quality of wireless service - and the customer's satisfaction - is the network that carries the call. Verizon Wireless' superior network consistently delivers outstanding call quality and coast-to-coast coverage. To maintain and enhance this level of performance, Verizon Wireless has invested approximately $50 million in its San Diego network thus far in 2001. In addition, the company operates a specially-equipped fleet of 50 cars that roam throughout its coverage area testing call quality. The vehicles can test up to 1,400 calls per day. Earlier this year, the San Diego Union-Tribune named Verizon Wireless the "Best Mobile Communications Company" in the region, based upon a poll of its readers.

Each year, Verizon Wireless strives to meet all the criteria of the J.D. Power and Associates study with its advanced coast-to-coast network and ability to offer feature-rich, cost-effective nationwide plans and services like SingleRate, Mobile Web, Mobile Messenger and New Every Two.

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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