News Release

Verizon Wireless Customers In Marion County, Ohio, Receive Improved Digital Service

Company Activates New Cell Site to Benefit Area Residents

January 23, 2005

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605George Heddleston
For Verizon Wireless
heddlestonmarketing@att.net
614-771-7525

COLUMBUS, OH — To stay ahead of its growing customer base and demand for its voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has activated an East Marion cell site to improve network coverage throughout the city extending eastward to Caledonia.

Besides expanding network coverage, this cell site increases the strength of the Verizon Wireless network signal, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently. As a result, 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 Ohio, call volume on our network increased by more than 35 percent," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania 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 this cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Ohio and across the country. In 2004, Verizon Wireless spent more than $150 million to enhance its network in Ohio. Nationwide, 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.

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, N.J., 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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