News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network In the New York Capital District

Nation's Leading Wireless Provider Stays Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Phone Service and Data Access

February 28, 2005

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Laura Cahill
laurac@mragroup.com
315-233-3000 or 315-569-2256

ALBANY, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its wireless network in the Capital District by adding two new sites in Troy and Mechanicville. The new Troy site will increase coverage and capacity in the southeastern portion of the City of Troy. The new Mechanicville site will increase coverage and capacity in Mechanicville and along Routes 4 and 67.

The new cell sites are part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services, including two-way TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, downloadable applications such as ringtones and games, and wireless Internet access.

'Test Man' Isn't Just a Commercial Character
The new sites are also part of Verizon Wireless' commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available on the nation's best wireless voice and data network. The company's "most reliable network" claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. The engineers conduct more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles of the most frequently traveled roadways nationwide in specially equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles.*

"This network expansion allows us to continue to meet the growing need of local businesses and consumers for their voice calls and data applications, such as our two-way TXT Messaging service, high-speed NationalAccess service and Get it Now® downloadable applications," said John Palmer, Verizon Wireless regional president.

For capturing family moments, or even business-related needs, Verizon Wireless' Picture Messaging service allows customers to quickly and easily take photographs with a camera-phone, add a message and voice recording, and send to friends, colleagues or an email address of their choice over the company's high-speed wireless data network. NationalAccess is the company's national high-speed wireless data network, providing fast wireless Internet service, with bursts up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps).

NationalAccess gives users full Internet access, intranet access and traditional email functionality via a laptop. Users can expect average speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, significantly higher than speeds being produced by competing technologies and comparable to, if not faster, than what PC users get when using a dial-up Internet service.

Verizon Wireless invests more than $1 billion every 90 days in its nationwide network, to offer customers the most extensive wireless voice and data network in the United States. The network is built for reliability in emergencies — such as power blackouts and storms — with redundancies in place to maintain services for customers when they need it most.

*Note to editors and reporters
Specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test the networks of all major wireless providers, using technology 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, please contact John O'Malley at 585-321-7264.

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 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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