News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds New Cell Site in Upper Manhattan

Total of 25 Cell Sites Added During Past Year to Continue to Improve Service

November 11, 2003

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

ORANGEBURG, NY — In an ongoing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents, commuters and visitors to the city, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has activated a new cell site in Upper Manhattan.

The new site improves service in Washington Heights from 178th to 187th Streets along Pinehurst Avenue, Route 9 and Audobon Avenue, as part of a planned investment in the company's national wireless network, the largest, most advanced and most reliable in the country. Verizon Wireless spends $1 billion every 90 days to expand and upgrade its nationwide wireless network and to stay ahead of the growing demand for its voice and data services. The company added a record 1.4 million net new customers during the third quarter, more than any other wireless carrier, and now serves more than 36 million customers.

"Verizon Wireless continues to build cell sites and improve service in the city for our customers," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro area. "In the past year, we've added 25 new cell sites in Manhattan and several more are in the works for all five boroughs."

Hand said he expects demand for Verizon Wireless' services to continue to be strong, especially after November 24th when, for the first time, customers will be able to switch wireless carriers and keep their wireless phone numbers. "The artificial barrier, forcing customers to stay with one carrier, will be gone and they'll be free to choose the best network," he said.

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 36 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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