News Release

Verizon Wireless' Real-Life "Can You Hear Me Now?" Guy Criss-Crosses Area Testing Network Quality

August 5, 2004

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Pam Boyd/Carla Reinas
856-642-6226

CAPE MAY COUNTY, NJ — Verizon Wireless' real-life network test drive guy Bill Madden — one of 60 actual test men and women the company employs nationwide who inspired the company's "Can You Hear Me Now? advertising campaign — takes a break from his recent network testing duties in Cape May County to display the $300,000 worth of sophisticated testing equipment inside the Ford Taurus station wagon he drives to quality-assurance test the company's network across the region.

Madden drives about 2,500 miles per month testing the company's service for call completions and call quality against its competitors and to find places for improvement. The company invests $1 billion on average every 90 days in its nationwide network to offer customers 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 40.4 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.  

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with Bill Madden and seeing how the electronic equipment tests the Verizon Wireless network, please feel free to contact Pam Boyd or Carla Reinas at 856-642-6226.

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