News Release

Verizon Wireless Beefs Up Network For Fans As Redskins' Summer Football Training Camp Opens In Ashburn, Virginia

Nation's Most Reliable Network Ready To Keep Gridiron Fans Connected

July 27, 2005

John Johnson
John.H.Johnson@VerizonWireless.com
240-568-1429Sherri Cunningham
For Verizon Wireless
202-364-5856

LAUREL, MD — With America's NFL professional football summer training camps opening soon, Verizon Wireless has added extra capacity to its network around Ashburn, Virginia to handle additional wireless call volume as fans gather to get a first look at this year's Washington Redskins.

In preparation for the fan influx, the company this year further enhanced its wireless network surrounding Redskins' training camp. Recent cell site improvements have increased the strength of Verizon Wireless' network signal and calling handling capacity by nearly 20 percent, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently.

Verizon Wireless customers attending training camp practices in Ashburn will be able to rely on the Verizon Wireless network to share the latest practice-field news about Redskins' veterans, rookies and coaches with friends and family via wireless calls, and TXT, Picture and Video Messages.

Verizon Wireless customers can also use their wireless phones to help them put on their game faces. Verizon Wireless' Get It Now® customers can choose from more than 500 games, productivity tools, ring tone providers and more, to find the perfect application to put them in the middle of the action.

Verizon Wireless' investment in its wireless network in the Washington/Baltimore/Virginia region totaled $260 million in 2004 alone and is part of the company's commitment to offer customers the nation's most reliable wireless voice network. The company's 'most reliable wireless 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 four million calls annually on the Verizon Wireless network and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling more than one million miles across the nation.*

*Test Man Ride-Along Program Note To Editors And Reporters
Specially-equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test the networks of six wireless providers, using a mobile laptop computer to generate phonically diverse "conversations." If you are a member of the media interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact John Johnson at 240-568-1429.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice network, serving 47.4 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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