News Release

Verizon Wireless Enhances Digital Network in Beaver County and Around Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cell Site Enhancements to Benefit Area Residents and Travelers

August 16, 2004

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605Patricia Quolke
For Verizon Wireless
pquolke@adelphia.net
412-563-0367

PITTSBURGH, PA — Verizon Wireless has upgraded four cell sites serving Beaver County and the immediate areas surrounding the Pittsburgh International Airport to boost network call capacity for the company's growing number of customers.

The service enhancements mean that more customers can use the network concurrently, whether making voice calls or using data applications such as TXT and Picture Messaging, or Get It Now® services.

The enhancements include upgrades to three cell sites located along Route 60 between the airport, Aliquippa and Beaver Falls, and a fourth site east of Aliquippa along Route 65.

"We identified Beaver County and the highways near the airport as areas that would benefit from improvements because of the increased demand for our data offerings, especially TXT Messaging and high-speed wireless service," said Roger Tang, president, Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "Our goal is to continue to give our customers a world-class network they can rely on."

Already in 2004, Verizon Wireless has spent a quarter of a billion dollars to enhance its network in Pennsylvania. Nationwide, the company has invested more than $12 billion during the past three years to expand and enhance its world-class network and maintain its unsurpassed reliability.

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.

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