News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Capital District of Troy, New York

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

April 6, 2004

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Laura Cahill
laurac@mragroup.com
315-233-3000 or 315-569-2256

ALBANY, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, has expanded its digital network in the Capital District by adding a new site in downtown Troy. The new cell site will provide enhanced wireless coverage and capacity in the Troy area.

The new cell site is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in the region for Verizon Wireless voice and data services, like two-way text messaging and wireless Internet access.

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 conduct 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.

"This network expansion allows us to meet the growing need of local businesses and consumers for their voice calls and data applications, like our high-speed NationalAccess data network and two-way text messaging service," said John Palmer, Verizon Wireless regional president.

NationalAccess is the company's nationwide high-speed wireless data network, 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, which is significantly higher than speeds being produced by competing technologies and 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 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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