News Release

Wireless Phone Users In Eastern Iowa County Now Experience Even Clearer Reception And Fewer Dropped Calls

Verizon Wireless Installs New Cell Site in Barneveld

December 18, 2005

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger1@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282

BARNEVELD, WIS. — Verizon Wireless has installed a new cell site in Barneveld that expands coverage and increases 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 new cell site improves Verizon Wireless' voice and data network in Barneveld and U.S. Highway 151 west to County Road T in eastern Iowa County.

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

Reliable service is fundamental to customer loyalty, and Verizon Wireless boasts the highest customer loyalty in the industry. During the third quarter of 2005, only 1.3 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," Nolan 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 new cell site in Barneveld is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Wisconsin and across the country. Since its inception in 2000, the company has consistently spent more than $4 billion annually-and more than $5 billion in 2004-to expand and improve its network nationwide. More than $30 million of this investment was spent in Wisconsin in 2005 to maintain and enhance its network for customers.

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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