News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Service Coverage in Eatontown and Ocean Township

December 19, 2001

Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

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

NEW YORK, NY — Verizon Wireless has expanded service coverage in Monmouth County with a new cell site in Eatontown and one in Ocean Township.

"The new cell sites will provide customers who live in and travel through the area with greater wireless network coverage and increased clarity when making wireless calls," said Michele White, Verizon Wireless Director of Engineering in northern New Jersey.

The Eatontown site improves service on sections of the Garden State Parkway, Route 35, Tinton Avenue, Hope Road and Broad Street.

The new site in Ocean Township enhances service on Route 35 from Dow Avenue to Heck Avenue, on Route 18 from exit 12A to exit 10A, and on Deal Road.

The new sites are part of a $4 billion investment program this year 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 28.7 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). 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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