News Release

Verizon Wireless Reports The Largest Increase In Network Usage In Southeast Michigan Occurs On Halloween

October 23, 2005

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Tom Huber
For Verizon Wireless
thuber@marxlayne.com
248-855-6777

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Wireless phone use on Halloween in metro Detroit is as prevalent as trick-or-treating and decorating pumpkins. According to Verizon Wireless, more customers use their wireless phones on Oct. 31 to make calls to family and friends than on any other day of the year.

The company's research on calling patterns during the past several years shows that 30 percent more wireless calls are made by customers across southeast Michigan on Halloween than on a normal business day. In addition, wireless calls made on Halloween are 15 percent longer than usual.

This year, with the growing popularity of picture and video messaging, the company is prepared to handle increased call volume as holiday revelers share images of their activities.

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 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.

####