News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Ahwatukee and Northwest Phoenix, Arizona

Investment Made to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling On the Nation's Most Reliable Network

April 20, 2004

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

PHOENIX, AZ — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for Valley residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, has expanded its digital, high-speed network in greater Phoenix by adding a new cell site in the Ahwatukee Foothills and a new site in northwest Phoenix. The sites include Verizon Wireless' standard network redundancy features to ensure superior reliability.

The new site in Ahwatukee provides improved wireless coverage and capacity in the Club West area from Pecos Rd. north to South Mountain between 7th St. and 51st Ave. The northwest Phoenix site adds coverage and capacity in the area south of Happy Valley Rd. to Deer Valley Rd., between 35th Ave. and 57th Ave.

"This network expansion allows us to meet the growing need of local businesses and consumers for reliable voice calls and data applications," said Tami Erwin, Verizon Wireless regional president.

In 2002 and 2003, Verizon Wireless invested more than $160 million to further expand and enhance its wireless voice and data network in Arizona, and safeguard network reliability. Each year, Verizon Wireless invests on average about a billion dollars every 90 days in its national network, constantly improving and expanding what already is the largest, most reliable nationwide wireless network in the United States.

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 network quality test vehicles.

Verizon Wireless' network reliability is also supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures, which have proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies. Standard Verizon Wireless network reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations. The company also operates a fleet of mobile generators and temporary cell sites, or cells-on-wheels, ready for deployment.

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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