News Release

Verizon Wireless Names Gretchen Wirth Business Sales Manager For Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

January 2, 2005

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
972-444-5515

Jannie Luong
GolinHarris for Verizon Wireless
jluong@golinharris.com
972-308-9128

DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, has named Gretchen Wirth business sales manager for the Dallas and Fort Worth area. Wirth will be responsible for leading and managing a team of business account executives in North Texas focused on increasing growth in small to medium sized businesses channels.

"Gretchen has almost 15 years of experience in the wireless industry, and she knows all aspects of this business," said Jim O'Brey, director of business sales for Verizon Wireless. "Her business and retail sales background provide her with strong skills to succeed in her new position, and we're excited about the potential growth for her team in 2005."

Wirth has been with Verizon Wireless since 1997 and has held a number of positions in retail and business sales. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Wirth was with Cellular One and U.S. Cellular. Wirth earned a bachelor's degree from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

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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