News Release

Verizon Wireless Enhances Its Network, Adds Capacity In Emporium, Pennsylvania

Customer Demand Grows for Wireless Phone Service and Data Access

February 9, 2005

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605Patricia Quolke
For Verizon Wireless
pquolke@adelphia.net
412-563-0367

EMPORIUM, PA — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for its customers, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable network, has upgraded its cell site in Emporium, improving network coverage and capacity in Cameron County.

The improvement is part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in Pennsylvania and nationwide for the company's voice and data services, such as TXT and Picture Messaging, NationalAccess and Get It Now® ringtones, games, productivity applications and more.

"Our network enhancement in Emporium enables us to stay ahead of the growing demand for wireless voice and data services by both individual consumers and local businesses," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless invests more than $4 billion each year on its nationwide network, enabling the company to offer customers the most reliable wireless voice and data network in the United States.

The Emporium cell site enhancement is also part of Verizon Wireless' commitment to offer customers the most reliable wireless service? available in the United States. The company's "most reliable network" claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and 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 in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

Test Man Ride-Along Program for the News Media
Specially-equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test the networks of as many as eight wireless providers, using a mobile laptop computer to generate phonically diverse "conversations." If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your locally-based Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Laura Merritt at 614-561-2605.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 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 on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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