News Release

Verizon Wireless' $40 Million Plus Network Investment Adds Coverage, Capacity And High-Speed Wireless Data Access In Oregon

2003 Enhancements Enable Wireless Access to the Internet, Text Messaging, and Superior Voice Quality

July 1, 2003

Georgia Taylor
Georgia.Taylor@VerizonWireless.com
425-603-2894

EUGENE, OR — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, has invested more than $40 million in Oregon over the last 18 months to enhance the reach and capabilities of its wireless network in the state. The Oregon investment was part of Verizon Wireless' ongoing, aggressive network investment program that has averaged $4 billion a year for the last two years.

Using Verizon Wireless' Express NetworkSM, customers in Eugene, Oregon are now able to send and receive information wirelessly, at speeds comparable to dial-up access to the Internet. Express Network is available in thousands of cities and towns across the nation and is expanding all the time. Using Text Messaging customers can send messages to their friends, family members and co-workers who have two-way messaging-capable phones, regardless of their wireless carrier, and 'chat' in private.

Verizon Wireless' high-speed Express Network is available from Portland to Eugene and within the Verizon Wireless footprint on the Oregon Coast. Counties include Yamhill, Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Linn, Lane, Benton, Marion, Polk, and Lincoln.

"Portland was one of the first cities to experience our Express Network service. We are pleased we can now offer high-speed wireless data access to customers in Eugene and throughout the country on our network," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president, Verizon Wireless.

"Our television Test Man, with his signature 'Can you hear me now? Good.' comment, communicates our commitment to providing customers with the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network. An expansive, high-capacity voice and data network like ours is a key part of reliable service, and we will continue to invest to help provide a superior wireless experience," said Kurtzman.

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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