News Release

Verizon Wireless Completes Conversion To Digital Service In South Dakota

Verizon Wireless Network Now 100 Percent Digital in South Dakota

June 29, 2003

Karen Smith
Karen.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
763-595-2511Kristi Nelson
Kjn@lilja.com
952-893-7140

PIERRE, SD — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, has expanded its digital network with the conversion of all cell sites from analog to digital technology in South Dakota, making the Verizon Wireless network 100 percent digital in the state.

Communities with new digital service include Pierre, Aberdeen, Huron, Mitchell, Yankton and expanded coverage in the Black Hills area around Rapid City. In addition to the digital conversion, Verizon Wireless added capacity to the network in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and downtown Brookings. All new digital coverage areas now also have Express NetworkSM, Verizon Wireless' high-speed wireless data network that launched March 31 within Rapid City and Sioux Falls

The conversion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. "The increased coverage area for digital service means that our customers will have greater access to caller ID, text messaging and the Internet on their wireless phones," said Rich Garwood, President of the Great Plains Region for Verizon Wireless.

For more information about Verizon Wireless, visit verizonwireless.com or a Verizon Wireless Communications Store or Authorized Retailer.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

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