News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service In Upstate New York Region

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

February 3, 2002

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 code division multiple access (CDMA) digital wireless network in Upstate New York. The wireless carrier added new cell sites and made technology enhancements to existing sites in Rochester, Allegany County, Chautauqua County, Chenango County, Jefferson County, Schuyler County, and Seneca County.

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.

"These digital network upgrades 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 expansions are 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 leading wireless communications provider in the U.S., with the largest wireless network and more than 29.4 million 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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