News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands its Network in Essex County, New Jersey

Company Invests $1 Billion in New York Metro Network in Last Three Years to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access

October 26, 2005

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Kimberly Ancin
kimberly.ancin@vivianipr.com
845-429-3839

MORRISTOWN, NJ — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents and commuters in Essex County, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network has expanded its network with a new cell site that improves coverage in Fairfield in the northeast area of Great Piece Meadows and along Routes 80 and 46.

The company has invested $1 billion in its New York Metro wireless network in the past three years -- $475 million last year alone - to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services, like two-way TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging and the new V CAST service which brings TV and other multimedia services to wireless phones over the company's high speed broadband wireless network.

Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the third quarter as the company added a record 1.9 million net new customers, the largest quarterly customer gain in the history of the industry. Verizon Wireless now serves 49.3 million customers nationwide.

Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess data network is the largest high-speed wireless broadband network in the U.S. BroadbandAccess service, now available in much of New Jersey and in more than 171 major US metro areas, provides customers with Internet access, access to corporate intranets and traditional e-mail functionality via laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

The company's investment in its wireless network also is part of Verizon Wireless' commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available in the nation. The company's 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. The engineers conduct more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles a month nationwide in specially equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles.*

* Editors Note: Test Man Ride-Along Program
Specially-equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test the networks of six wireless providers using a mobile laptop computer to generate calls. 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 Lynette Viviani at 973-283-9228.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 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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