News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service In Orange County

CDMA Service Provides Improved Call Clarity and Advanced Wireless Services Such as Internet Access, Text Messaging

December 20, 2001

John O'Malley
john.omalley@verizonwireless.com
716-321-7264

ROCHESTER, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today announced the expansion of its digital wireless network in Orange County with the addition of a new cell site in Greenville. Using code division multiple access (CDMA) digital technology, the new site will provide improved coverage on I-84 between Middletown and Port Jervis.

CDMA digital wireless technology provides 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.

"This digital network upgrade will provide our customers with improved wireless coverage when using our voice and data services," said Gene Fassett, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region.

The network expansion is part of Verizon Wireless' $4 billion investment to improve and extend the reach of its nationwide network. More than $100 million of that investment is being used to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the Upstate New York region.

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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