News Release

Two Employees Join Verizon Wireless Team in Joplin, Missouri

February 12, 2004

Cheryl Bini
Cheryl.Bini@VerizonWireless.com
314-920-4922Heather Sharp
For Verizon Wireless
913-851-8700 ext. 26

JOPLIN, MO — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider with 37.5 million customers, today announced the addition of two new employees in Joplin.

Debbie Blackmon has been named manager of the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 111 North Rangeline Road. In this role, Blackmon oversees all aspects of sales and service for the greater Joplin geographic area. She manages all of the employees at the retail location and represents Verizon Wireless in the community. Blackmon, a long-time Joplin resident, comes to Verizon Wireless after five years of media sales at a local television station.

Rachelle Coleman brings many years of experience in the wireless communications field to her new position as business account executive. Coleman joined Verizon Wireless in July 2002 as sales representative for the business community in Wichita, Kan., before joining the Joplin team. She previously spent eight years with another wireless communications company. Rachelle is responsible for establishing and managing business accounts for Verizon Wireless.

"We are excited to welcome these newest employees to our sales force," said Mark Crumpton, President — Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "I know Debbie and Rachelle share in my enthusiasm about entering the Joplin and southwest Missouri market. With their valuable sales and customer service experience I am confident that they will continue to increase our presence in the Joplin area and provide our customers the professional service they deserve."

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 37.5 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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