News Release

Verizon Wireless Enhances Digital Service In New Castle County

CDMA Service Provides Better Call Clarity and Advanced Wireless Services Like Internet Access, Text Messaging

February 27, 2003

Pam Boyd
pam@thomasboyd.com
856-642-6226

Sheldon Jones
sheldon.jones@verizonwireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — WILMINGTON, DE - Verizon Wireless has enhanced digital wireless service in New Castle County with the addition of a new digital cell site located at the Christiana Mall. Using code division multiple access (CDMA) digital technology, the site will provide improved wireless coverage to the Christiana Mall, and Routes 1 and 273.

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CDMA 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 business and consumer customers with improved wireless coverage when using our voice and data services," said Ann McCrystal, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region.

The new cell site is part of a $4 billion investment program in 2001 to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network. More than $100 million of that investment was used to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the Philadelphia Tri-State area.

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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