News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access

December 6, 2005

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Carly Irwin
215-790-4342

READING, PA — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents and commuters in Berks County, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with a new cell site. The new site increases coverage and capacity along stretches of Business Route 422 and Route 562 East.

This expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year (more than $1 billion every 90 days) to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless 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. In the Philadelphia Region, the company has invested more than $150 million in network expansion and enhancements so far this year.

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

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless products and services continued during the third quarter of 2005 as the company added an industry record 1.9 million net new customers, and maintained its position as the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty (highest customer retention and lowest turnover rate), as reported by the largest wireless providers.

The company's investment in its wireless network is also 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 throughout the country who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. These engineers conduct more than 3.6 million call attempts yearly on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling over 1.2 million miles a year in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

Editor's Note: 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 Carly Irwin at 215-790-4342.

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 receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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