News Release

Consumers In Lincoln And Fremont, Nebraska, Now Can Choose Verizon Wireless' Service

January 15, 2006

Karen Smith
Karen.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
763-595-2511Tom Albers
tomalbers@alberscommunications.com  
888-296-2411, ext. 1

LINCOLN, NE — Verizon Wireless today announced it has "flipped on the switch" for network operations in Lincoln and Fremont, Neb., offering local coverage and nationwide service plans as well as the latest wireless products and services to consumers.

The new network coverage encompasses the travel corridors along Interstate 80 from Omaha to Lincoln and along U.S. Highway 275 from Omaha to Fremont as well as within the two cities.

Verizon Wireless acquired the new market area and cell sites as part of a national transaction with Qwest Communications in 2004. The new Verizon Wireless network coverage in Lincoln and Fremont offers service to a population of more than 267,000.

Verizon Wireless has invested $7.6 million to upgrade the newly acquired cell sites to meet company standards and to conform to its CDMA 1xRTT network. All cell sites have been equipped with backup batteries, and more than 90 percent of them also have permanent generators to ensure network reliability during power outages.

"We look forward to offering the quality and value of Verizon Wireless service to these new communities in Nebraska," said Nancy B. Clark, president—Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "To ensure that we're providing the highest level of service to our newest customers, we have opened a Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Lincoln."

The new 2,712-square-foot store is located at Gateway Mall near the main entrance facing O Street, and includes both sales and customer service areas. Managed by Matt Jones, the store is open: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.—9 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m.—6 p.m. The store's phone number is (402) 465-5611.

Verizon Wireless service also is available at Circuit City, located at 6140 O St., and other authorized retail locations including: All Digital Solutions, located at 3720 N. 27th St.; Priority One Communications located at 2525 Pine Lake Road; and Z Wireless at Gateway Mall.

Consumers also can visit any of the Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the Omaha area, visit www.verizonwireless.com or call 877-2BUY-VZW. Businesses interested in Verizon Wireless service plans can call 866-899-2862.

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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