News Release

Rochester, New York-Area Residents Get Expanded Wireless Coverage

Verizon Wireless Increases Network Capacity to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access

August 23, 2005

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Meredith Dropkin
MRA Group
meredithd@mragroup.com
315-233-3000

ROCHESTER, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in the Rochester area, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has completed extensive network enhancements on nine area cell sites that increases by 25 percent the number of calls its extensive wireless network can handle. The enhancements provide increased capacity: in the Stanley, Gorham, Phelps and Hopewell areas in Ontario County; in the Egypt area in Monroe County; in the Dansville and Caledonia areas in Livingston County; and in the Gaines and Barre areas in Orleans County.

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, text messaging, and the company's exclusive V CAST service. V CAST brings TV and other multimedia services to wireless phones over Verizon Wireless' high-speed BroadbandAccess wireless network, which offers customers the fastest, most widely available broadband wireless network in the nation, operating at average speeds between 400-700 kbps.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the second quarter of 2005 as the company added an industry record 1.9 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 John O'Malley at 585-321-7264.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless 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 receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto  www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia

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