News Release

Batter Up! Verizon Wireless is On Deck for Baseball's Biggest Games

Verizon Wireless Network Ready For Increased Call Volume in Chicago and Houston

October 21, 2005

In Chicago:
Carolyn A. Schamberger, APR
847-619-4282
Carolyn.Schamberger1@VerizonWireless.com

In Houston:
Patrick Kimball
713-219-8227
Patrick.Kimball@VerizonWireless.com

All Other Calls:
Tom Pica
908-306-4385
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Baseball fever has hit and Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable network, has stepped up to the plate and is ready for major league action in Chicago and Houston. With its ongoing multi-billion dollar investment to strengthen the reach and reliability of its wireless voice network, Verizon Wireless has cell sites and network equipment in place handle the increase in call volume at major events, including this weekend's championship series.

During the upcoming baseball games, Verizon Wireless is ready to wave home a large number of calls in both the Chicago and Houston stadium areas. Compared to regular season games, Verizon Wireless expects call volume to double at both White Sox stadium in Chicago and in and around Minute Maid Park in Houston. The company's network investment in each city has increased the strength of Verizon Wireless' network signal and added to its call capacity, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently and ensuring calls made before, during and after the big game are home runs.

In addition to staying connected using the nation's most reliable wireless voice network, Verizon Wireless customers with V CAST-enabled phones, can also take advantage of the largest high-speed wireless broadband network in the U.S. to make a real triple play right from their seats. Customers can send an email to brag about the pop fly they almost caught, view streaming video clips from their favorite sports programs to get up to speed on the latest baseball news and see if local weather will play a factor by downloading a video weather report.

Verizon Wireless is dedicated to delivering outstanding customer satisfaction by providing a positive wireless experience to its 47.4 million customers. The company has regularly invested more than $4 billion nationally each year since its inception — and more than $5.5 billion last year alone — to expand and upgrade the nation's most reliable wireless network. For more information on Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

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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