News Release

Verizon Wireless Names New Network Operations Manager in North Dakota

January 26, 2004

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

FARGO, ND — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, has named Wilson Ashley to its Great Plains Region network operations team as manager — cells/switch. Ashley will report to Bruce Banks, director of network operations, Plymouth, Minn.

In his new role, Ashley will be based in Fargo and oversee network operations in North Dakota. He served the past four years as a field technician and system performance engineer for Verizon Wireless in Kansas City, Mo. Ashley's background includes 13 years in the United States Marine Corps.

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.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.  

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