News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network In Northampton County, Pennsylvania

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

September 8, 2005

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Megan Shames
For Verizon Wireless
215-790-4343

BETHLEHEM, PA — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in Northampton County, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with a new cell site. The new site increases coverage and capacity along Route 378 in Bethlehem.

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 in the nation, including BroadbandAccess, the nation's fastest, widely available broadband wireless network, operating at average speeds between 400 kbps - 700 kbps. Wireless data services such as Picture Messaging, TXT Messaging, and the company's exclusive V CAST service - the nation's first wireless broadband service to bring TV and other multimedia services direct to customers' wireless phones - are available through BroadbandAccess.

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, setting an industry record for customer loyalty for the third consecutive quarter, 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 Megan Shames at 215-790-4343.

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 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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