News Release

Wireless Phone Users Near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, Now Experience Even Clearer Reception And Fewer Dropped Calls

Verizon Wireless Demonstrates Commitment to Network Reliability with Upgrade in Butler County

October 30, 2005

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605Patricia L. Quolke
For Verizon Wireless
quolke@adelphia.net
412-563-0367

SLIPPERY ROCK, PA — Verizon Wireless has enhanced service at its Slippery Rock cell site in Butler County to increase capacity, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive TXT and Picture Messages, and download games and ring tones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

This cell site enhancement enables Verizon Wireless to stay ahead of its growing customer base and increasing demand for its voice and data services in the area. Students at Slippery Rock University, local residents and customers traveling through the area will enjoy improved service along routes 8, 108 and 173 northeast of the town of Slippery Rock.

"We have always been committed to providing the nation's most reliable network," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "That means improving coverage in urban, suburban and rural communities across Pennsylvania and the United States."

Reliable service is fundamental to customer loyalty, and Verizon Wireless boasts the highest customer loyalty in the industry. During the second quarter of 2005, only 1.2 percent of its customers disconnected their service, which is well below the industry average.

"The value we offer our customers is closely tied to our industry-leading customer retention," Tang said. "Wireless consumers today understand that value is not defined by price alone. A major reason our customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us is because we offer the nation's most reliable network."

This recent improvement in Butler County is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Pennsylvania and across the country. Since its inception in 2000, the company has consistently spent more than $4 billion annually-and more than $5 billion last year-to expand and improve its network nationwide. Approximately $250 million of this investment was spent in 2004 to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in Pennsylvania.

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, 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 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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