News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network in Colorado's Ski Country

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

December 2, 2004

Bob Kelley
Robert.Kelley@VerizonWireless.com
303-694-8990

DENVER, CO — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service in the Colorado High Country, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with new cell sites and antennas.

As a result of the new cell sites, network coverage and capacity have been improved in the following Colorado ski destinations:

  • Frisco
  • Breckenridge
  • Purgatory

The new cell sites are part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in Colorado for the company's voice and data services, such as TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, National Access wireless Internet access and Get It Now® ring tones, games, productivity applications and more.

In 2002 and 2003, Verizon Wireless invested more than $180 million to further expand and enhance its wireless voice and data network in Colorado, and safeguard network reliability. Verizon Wireless spends more than $4 billion nationally each year to expand and upgrade its nationwide wireless network.

At the end of the third quarter of 2004, demand for Verizon Wireless services continued as the company added a record 1.7 million net new customers, more than any other wireless provider and an all-time industry record for the second consecutive quarter. At the end of September 2004, Verizon Wireless announced the company serves 42.1 million customers nationwide.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us because they know they'll get wireless service they can depend on," said Jeff Mango, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "The company's continued investment in its premier wireless network and its strong customer service focus are the drivers behind the industry-leading growth."

The company's investment in its wireless network also is part of Verizon Wireless' commitment to offer customers the most reliable service in the nation today. 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. These test men and women are Verizon Wireless engineers who make more than 300,000 test calls monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while they travel more than 100,000 miles nationwide is specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

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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