News Release

Wireless Phone Customers at Ford Field Receive Improved Service From Enhanced Digital Network

Verizon Wireless Adds New Cell Site To Benefit Football Fans

November 2, 2004

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Tom Huber
For Verizon Wireless
thuber@marxlayne.com
248-855-6777

DETROIT, MI — To stay ahead of its growing customer base and demand for its voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Detroit at Ford Field that improves the company's digital network coverage and capacity.

The new cell site increases the strength of the Verizon Wireless network signal and enables more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently. As a result, Verizon Wireless customers will experience fewer dropped calls and clearer reception while talking on their wireless phones, handling data applications (such as TXT and Picture Messaging) or downloading games and ringtones with the company's Get It Now® services.

"Football fans at Ford Field rely heavily on their wireless phones," said Greg Haller, president—Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. "During a home-game football Sunday, our network experiences up to 15 times more activity than on a typical Sunday. This network enhancement reflects our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and to provide them with the high quality of service they expect from Verizon Wireless."

The activation of this new cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Michigan and across the country. Nationally each year, the company invests about $1 billion every 90 days to improve and expand what is already the most extensive wireless network in the United States. More than $110 million of this investment will be spent this year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in Michigan.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 42.1 million voice and data 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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