News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Mobile Broadband Service To Nearly All of Los Angeles County And Portions Of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Service Connects Mobile Laptop and PDA Users to the Internet at DSL-like Speeds From Burbank to San Diego

December 16, 2004

Ken Muche
Ken.Muche@VerizonWireless.com
949-286-8193

IRVINE, CA — Verizon Wireless announced today the extension of its BroadbandAccess service to nearly all of Los Angeles county and, for the first time, portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. BroadbandAccess, now covering nearly 4,400 square miles of southern California, is the fastest wide-area wireless Internet access service available in the nation with typical user download speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps).

"In BroadbandAccess cities wireless consumers are no longer restrained by the limitations of technologies that anchor them to wireless 'hot spots' inside hotel lobbies and coffee shops to get high Internet access speeds," said Jonathan LeCompte, acting regional president, Verizon Wireless. "That's because BroadbandAccess is about miles of coverage, not square feet."

BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information, just as if they were attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, BroadbandAccess allows large enterprises, small-medium businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

In southern California, BroadbandAccess is now available throughout Orange County; nearly all of Los Angeles and San Diego counties; and, portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In Los Angeles county, BroadbandAccess is now available as far north as Burbank, Pasadena and Claremont; as far west as Panorama City, Van Nuys and Santa Monica; as far south as Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach and Catalina Island; and, as far east as Diamond Bar, Norwalk and Hawaiian Gardens. In addition, BroadbandAccess subscribers can now use the service in Riverside County in, around and between the cities of Bermuda Dunes, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Cathedral City. In San Bernardino County, BroadbandAccess is available in and around the city of Lake Arrowhead.

In addition to its ongoing annual capital investment program to build network capacity and coverage, Verizon Wireless expects to invest $1 billion through 2005 to further deploy its EV-DO technology nationally. For the past four years, Verizon Wireless has committed $4 billion annually to its capital investment program. In California, the company has invested $3 billion in its network since the company was founded in mid-2000.

BroadbandAccess service is priced at $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a one- or two-year customer agreement. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with unlimited use data plans can buy the BroadbandAccess PC 5220 card for $49.99 with a two-year customer agreement or $99.99 with a one-year customer agreement after $150 mail in rebate.

For more information on BroadbandAccess and Verizon Wireless data services, please visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.

(EDITORS: Broadcast-quality B-roll footage about BroadbandAccess is available online. Log on to www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless to preview and request video segments, which can be received in newsrooms digitally, by tape or via satellite.)

As of Tuesday, December 7, 2004, Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess is available in the following major metropolitan areas:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • Kansas City, KS/MO
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Madison, WI
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Milwaukee
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Diego
  • Tampa, FL
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Palm Beach, FL

Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess is also available in the following airports:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta)
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin, TX)
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (Baltimore)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Dallas/Fort Worth)
  • Love Field Airport (Dallas)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)
  • William P. Hobby Airport (Houston)
  • Jacksonville International Airport (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Kansas City International Airport (Kansas City, MO)
  • McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (Los Angeles)
  • Dane County Regional Airport (Madison, WI)
  • Miami International Airport (Miami)
  • General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee)
  • Louis Armstrong International Airport (New Orleans)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, NJ)
  • Orlando International Airport (Orlando, FL)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (Philadelphia)
  • Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (Pittsburgh)
  • San Diego International Airport (San Diego)
  • John Wayne-Orange County Airport (Santa Ana, CA)
  • Tampa International Airport (Tampa, FL)
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Washington D.C.)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington D.C.)
  • Palm Beach International Airport (West Palm Beach, FL)

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.

NOTE: This press release contains statements about expected future events and financial results that are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following important factors could affect future results and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements: materially adverse changes in economic conditions in the markets served by us, an adverse change in the ratings afforded our debt securities or those of Verizon Communications by nationally accredited ratings organizations, the effects of the substantial competition that exists in our markets, which has been intensifying, and which may intensify further as a result of local number portability regulations that allow wireless customers to retain their phone numbers when switching wireless service providers, our ability to obtain sufficient financing to satisfy our substantial capital requirements, including to fund capital expenditures, debt repayment and distributions to our owners, our ability to obtain sufficient spectrum licenses, particularly in our most densely populated areas, our ability to develop future business opportunities, including wireless data services, and to continue to adapt to the changing conditions in the wireless industry, our ability to receive satisfactory service from our key vendors and suppliers, our ability to generate additional subscribers, with acceptable levels of churn, from resellers and distributors of our service, material changes in available technology, and technology substitution that could impact the popularity and usage of our technology, our continued provision of satisfactory service to our subscribers at an acceptable cost, in order to reduce churn, the impact of continued unionization efforts with respect to our employees, regulatory developments, including new regulations that could increase our cost of doing business or reduce demand for our services, developments in connection with existing or future litigation, and changes in our accounting assumptions that regulatory agencies, including the SEC, may require or that result from changes in the accounting rules or their application, which could result in an impact on earnings.

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