News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds Cell Tower Near Brady, Texas

July 24, 2003

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
817-258-1980

Lora Friedrichsen
Golin/Harris International     
Lfriedrichsen@golinharris.com 
972-308-9138

BRADY, TX — As part of a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service in and around Brady, Texas, Verizon Wireless — the nation's leading provider of wireless communications — expanded its network with a new cell tower in the area during the second quarter of 2003.  Verizon Wireless has activated a total of 95 cell towers in Texas since January.

           

The new cell tower, which will enhance coverage in and around Brady, was activated near Ovilla, providing coverage to the area bounded by West Bear Creek Road, Hampton Road, U.S. Highway 287 and Onward Road.

           

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $8 billion nationwide in network development during the past two years.  Network expansion in the Brady area is a result of Verizon Wireless' ongoing efforts to enhance its digital network — the largest in the United States — and improve its coverage and call reliability in Texas, said David McCarley, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Texas Region. 

           

"The performance of our digital network is a key reason Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless service provider in the nation," McCarley said.  "The activation of a new tower in the Brady area demonstrates our commitment to providing the nation's highest-quality wireless network to customers in Texas." 

 

Recent network enhancements in Texas will benefit all customers, especially those on the carrier's Texas Local DigitalChoiceSM plan, which makes every call in Texas a local one with no roaming or long distance charges.

 

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 http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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