News Release

Wisconsin Resident Ricky Byington Named To Verizon Wireless' National President's Cabinet

Honor Given to Company's Top Sales and Customer Service Performers

March 7, 2005

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger1@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282

MILWAUKEE, WI — Verizon Wireless has named Ricky Byington of Milwaukee to the company's prestigious President's Cabinet for the second consecutive year.

Byington, a retail sales representative at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 17500 W. Bluemound Road in Brookfield was given the President's Cabinet designation for ranking in the top two percent nationally in sales during 2004, placing him as one of the company's top performers among its more than 15,000 sales executives.

Byington earned the honor by demonstrating exceptional sales leadership in providing Milwaukee-area customers with outstanding service on company products and plans, such as the BroadbandAccess high-speed wireless data network, and TXT and Picture Messaging services.

"At Verizon Wireless, we encourage our employees to focus on their potential rather than on what is expected of them," said Tracy Nolan, president—Wisconsin/Illinois Region, Verizon Wireless. "Ricky exemplifies what it means to reach for that potential. He is highly valued by us and his customers."

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, 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 receive 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.

####