News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Toms River, New Jersey

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand Here for Wireless Calling, Data Access

September 14, 2003

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Pam Boyd/Jeff Kasko
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TOMS RIVER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, has expanded its digital network in Toms River with the addition of a cell site at Toms River High School on Old Freehold Rd. The new cell site will provide improved wireless coverage at the Ocean County Mall and along parts of Routes 9, 37 and 571 and the Garden State Parkway.

The cell site expansion 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, like two-way text messaging and Internet access, in the Philadelphia Tri-State region.

The coverage improvements are part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in the Philadelphia Tri-State region for Verizon Wireless voice and data services.

"This network expansion will allow us to meet the growing need of our consumer and businesses customers for their voice calls and data applications, like our two-way text messaging service, high-speed Express Network and Get It NowSM downloadable applications like games and ringtones," said Christine Baron, president, Philadelphia Tri-State Region, Verizon Wireless.

This investment is part of the company's commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available on the nation's largest wireless network. The company's most reliable network claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. They make more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles of the most frequently traveled roadways nationwide in specially equipped company-owned quality test vehicles.

Express Network is the company's national high-speed wireless data network, providing fast wireless Internet service, with bursts up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps). Express Network gives users full Internet access, intranet access and traditional E-mail functionality via a laptop for wireless access. Users can expect average speeds between 40 and 60 kbps, that is comparable, if not faster, to what PC users get when using a dial-up Internet service. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $8 billion over the last two years in its nationwide network, offering customers access to the most extensive wireless voice and data network in the United States.

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 34.6 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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