News Release

Wireless Customers In Terre Haute Area, Indiana, Receive Improved Service From Enhanced Network

Verizon Wireless Adds Four New Cell Sites To Benefit Customers

January 23, 2005

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Kyle Niederpruem
For Verizon Wireless
kyle@hirons.com
317-977-2206 ext. 225

TERRE HAUTE, IN — To stay ahead of its growing customer base and demand for its voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has activated four new cell sites in the greater Terre Haute area.

The new sites improve the company's digital network coverage and capacity in the following cities and surrounding areas:

  • Terre Haute
    • On the campus of Indiana State University
    •  Along U.S. 41 between College Avenue and Maple Avenue
    •  Along U.S. 40 (Wabash Avenue) between U.S. 150 and 25th Street
  • Bowling Green
    • Throughout the town of Bowling Green
    • State Road 46 between Terre Haute and Spencer
  • Clay City
    • Along State Road 59 between Howesville and State Road 46
    • Along State Road 246 between Lewis and Patricksburg
    • Along State Road 157 between Clay and Coal cities
  • Farmersburg
    • U.S. 41 between Shelburn and Pimento
    • State Road 246 between Prairie Creek and Lewis

All of the improvements increase the strength of the Verizon Wireless network signal and increase capacity, enabling 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.

"During the past year in the Terre Haute area, our customer base has grown and the average number of minutes our customers use their wireless phones has increased, resulting in a 35 percent growth in volume on our network," said Greg Haller, president—Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "These network enhancements reflect 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."

Activation of these new cell sites is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Indiana and across the country. Nationally, the company invests about $1 billion every 90 days to improve and expand what is already the most reliable wireless network in the United States. Approximately $103 million of this investment was spent in 2004 to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in Indiana.

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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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