News Release

Wireless Phone Users In Plano, Illinois, Now Experience Even Clearer Reception And Fewer Dropped Calls

Verizon Wireless Demonstrates Commitment to Network Reliability with a New Cell Site in Illinois

August 31, 2005

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger1@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282Jaclyn Genrich
For Verizon Wireless
jgenrich@hlbcomm.com
312-649-0371

PLANO, IL — Verizon Wireless has installed a new cell site in Plano, Ill., that expands coverage and increases capacity, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive TXT and Picture Messages, and download games and ring tones while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls. The new cell site will improve Verizon Wireless' voice and data network along Highway 34 through downtown Plano and in the vicinity of Creek Road and southwest Granart Road.

"We have always been committed to providing the nation's most reliable network," said Tracy Nolan, president—Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. "That means improving coverage in urban, suburban and rural communities across Illinois and the United States."

Reliable service is fundamental to customer loyalty, and Verizon Wireless boasts the highest customer loyalty in the industry. During the second quarter of 2005, only 1.2 percent of its customers disconnected their service, which is well below the industry average.

"The value we offer our customers is closely tied to our industry-leading customer retention," Nolan said. "Wireless consumers today understand that value is not defined by price alone. A major reason our customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us is because we offer the nation's most reliable network."

This new cell site in Plano is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Illinois and across the country. Since its inception in 2000, the company has consistently spent more than $4 billion annually-and more than $5 billion last year-to expand and improve its network nationwide. Approximately $190 million of this investment was spent in 2004 to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in Illinois.

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, N.J., 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.  

####