News Release

Verizon Wireless Names Randy Johnson District Manager In Little Rock, Arkansas

September 13, 2005

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
972-444-5515Bob Steel
Stone Ward for Verizon Wireless
501-604-6155
bsteel@stoneward.com

Andrea Smalec
Stone Ward for Verizon Wireless
501-604-6148
asmalec@stoneward.com

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has named Randy Johnson district manager for Central Arkansas.

Launching service for the first time in the state on November 1, Johnson will be responsible for the new retail district that will include Little Rock and North Little Rock. In this role, he will oversee all Verizon Wireless Communication Stores in the district, ensure operational and merchandising excellence, execute national marketing initiatives and promote employee training and development.

"Randy has a great combination of sales management experience and knowledge about Little Rock," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Randy will be a strong asset as we open stores and launch service in a competitive, new market. He will also be a great ambassador to introduce Verizon Wireless to Little Rock."

Johnson has more than 15 years of management experience, focusing on operations, sales and marketing. Starting his career with ALLTEL, he spent 11 years in a variety of positions, including vice president/general manager of the company's business in Arkansas. Johnson also worked for Suncom, launching the company's wireless service in Arkansas and New Orleans. Most recently, he served as general manager for Mitchell Tool and Gage, overseeing sales and marketing across six states.

A native of Little Rock, Johnson graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor's degree in Business.

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 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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