News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network In Alfred & Lyman, Maine

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access

July 7, 2005

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314David Thomson
978-808-7700

LYMAN, ME — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in York County, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with two new cell sites. The new sites provide increased coverage and capacity along ME-111 and ME-202 as well as connectivity with existing service in Biddeford.

This network expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year (more than $1 billion every 90 days) to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. The company invested more than $5.5 billion in its wireless network last year as part of its commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available in the nation, including wireless data services such as Picture Messaging, TXT Messaging, and the company's exclusive V CAST service. V CAST delivers crystal clear short content on-demand, 3D games and music videos to wireless phones from leading and respected news and entertainment sources and other innovative content providers over Verizon Wireless' high-speed EV-DO wireless network. BroadbandAccess offers customers the fastest, widely available broadband wireless network in the nation, operating at average speeds between 400 kbps - 700 kbps.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the first quarter of 2005 as the company added an industry record 1.64 million net new customers, and maintained its position as the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty, setting an industry record for customer retention and lowest turnover rate, as reported by the largest wireless providers.

The company's 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the "can you hear me now" national advertising campaign. These engineers conduct more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles a month in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles. If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact David Thomson at 978-808-7700.

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 receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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