News Release

For the Third Consecutive Year, IDG's Computerworld Names Verizon Wireless One of the "Best Places to Work in IT"

Verizon Wireless Highest Ranked Telecommunications Provider in Annual Survey of Information Technology Professionals

June 28, 2005

Tom Pica
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4385

BEDMINSTER, NJ — For the third consecutive year, Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has been recognized as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals by IDG's Computerworld. This year, Verizon Wireless is the highest ranked telecommunications provider, placing 29th, up from 52nd in 2004.

Verizon Wireless' Information Technology Department was selected based on the excellence and quality of the working environment in addition to results of a survey given to current Information Technology Department employees. Topics covered in the survey included satisfaction with training and development programs, salary, bonuses, health benefits and work/life balance. Additionally, employees were asked to rate morale in their IT departments and the importance of various benefits.

"We're very pleased that Verizon Wireless has once again been recognized by Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT survey," said Martha Delehanty, vice president of human resources for Verizon Wireless. "Our national reputation as a great place to work — with a great total compensation and benefits package, and outstanding training and career opportunities — helps us to attract, retain and promote the very best talent and to deliver the very best wireless experience to our 45.5 million customers nationwide."

"This year's Best Places to Work rankings represent companies across the [IT] industry that recognize how a strong commitment to and investment in employees is synonymous with creating a great IT work environment," said Don Tennant, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. "Once again, we found that IT professionals are looking for rewarding and challenging projects, access to leading-edge technologies, career growth and development and a comfortable work/life balance. Our Best Places companies not only offer these benefits, but do so in a manner that goes well-above industry norms."

Since 1994, Computerworld's annual "Best Places to Work in IT" feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals. The "Best Places to Work in IT" is part of the weekly IT publication's 12th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in today's issue and online at Computerworld.com

For more information on Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To view the complete list of the Best Places to Work in IT please visit, www.computerworld.com/2005bestplaces.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 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.

About Computerworld
Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO® and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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