News Release

The Colony Resident Wins National President's Cabinet Award in Texas

Verizon Wireless Sales Executive Ranks In Top 2%

February 27, 2004

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
817-258-1980Jannie Luong
Golin/Harris for Verizon Wireless
jluong@golinharris.com
972-308-9128

DALLAS, TX — Anthony Hawkins, a resident of The Colony and sales executive for Verizon Wireless at its Hillcrest retail store in Dallas, has been named to the company's President's Cabinet for ranking in the top two percent nationally in sales and customer service during 2003. Hawkins was one of the top performers among more than 15,000 sales executives at Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless carrier.

Hawkins earned a weeklong all-expenses-paid mountain resort vacation in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where the winners will be honored at an awards dinner hosted by Verizon Wireless and top wireless industry executives.

"Anthony is an asset to our company, our community and especially to his customers," said Gary Riding, region president of Verizon Wireless. "We're proud to honor him with this prestigious national award … and a well-earned vacation."

Hawkins earned the distinction through providing Dallas customers with outstanding sales and service on Verizon Wireless products and plans, such as the company's NationalAccess high-speed wireless data network, and text and picture messaging services.

To better serve its customers in the DFW area and throughout the state, Verizon Wireless invested almost $200 million and activated 217 cell towers in Texas last year to further expand and enhance its all-digital network.

NationalAccess is one of the company's nationwide high-speed wireless data networks, providing fast wireless Internet service with bursts up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps). NationalAccess gives users full Internet access, intranet access and traditional email functionality via a laptop at unprecedented speeds for wireless access. Users can expect average speeds between 40 and 60 kbps, significantly higher than speeds being produced by competing technologies and comparable to, if not faster, than what PC users get when using a dial-up Internet service.

The newest high-speed data service from Verizon Wireless is BroadbandAccess, which provides average transfer speeds of 300-500 kbps. Verizon Wireless will roll out BroadbandAccess throughout Texas in 2004 and 2005.

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/verizonwireless.

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