News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network In Taos, New Mexico

Investment Made to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling On the Nation's Most Reliable Network

April 10, 2005

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — In its continuing effort to provide the best wireless service in northern New Mexico, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with a new cell site in Taos. The new site in Taos provides improved wireless coverage and capacity north of the town, south to the Taos Pueblo, and west along Highway 64 to the airport.

The new cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in New Mexico for the company's voice and data services, including the popular TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, NationalAccess wireless Internet access and Get It Now® ring tones, games, productivity applications and more.

This new cell site is the direct result of network studies, designed to improve Verizon Wireless network performance.

The company's real-life test men and women, who inspired the company's national advertising campaign, are Verizon Wireless engineers who make more than 3.5 million test calls nationwide on Verizon Wireless' and other wireless carriers' networks, riding in specially-equipped, company-owned test vehicles, and traveling more than one million miles a year — about half the distance from earth to the moon. In fact, the company's 'most reliable wireless network in the nation' claim is based on these network studies.

The company's long tradition of investment in its network, including stringent quality testing, is rooted in Verizon Wireless' commitment to offer the most reliable wireless service. Verizon Wireless has regularly invested more than $4 billion nationally each year since its inception — and more than $5 billion last year alone — to expand and upgrade its nationwide wireless network.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us because they know they'll get wireless service they can depend on," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "The company's continued investment in its premier wireless network and its strong customer service focus are the drivers behind our industry-leading growth."

Verizon Wireless is the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty, based on company retention and turnover rates published by the largest providers; owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network and the only widely available wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States; and the wireless company at the top of more third-party surveys of customer satisfaction.

EDITORS NOTE: Test Man Ride-Along Program for the News Media
Specially-equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test the Verizon Wireless network as well as the networks of as many as seven other wireless providers, using a mobile laptop computer to generate phonically diverse "conversations." If one of your reporters is interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your locally-based Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Jenny Weaver at 480-763-6321.

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 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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