News Release

Verizon Wireless' New England Network Ready To Hit One Out Of The Park This Baseball Season

Ongoing Network Enhancements Get Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network in Game Shape for Opening Day

April 4, 2006

Michael Murphy
Michael.murphy@verizonwireless.com  
781-932-1213

WOBURN, MA — With baseball's opening day right around the corner, New England baseball fans headed to Fenway Park can rely on the Verizon Wireless network to talk and TXT to friends and family to share in the excitement of game day.

Since its launch six years ago, Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion-on average $5 billion every year-to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new capabilities. More than $300 million alone of this investment was spent in New England last year to maintain and enhance the network.

Verizon Wireless also deploys a coast-to-coast fleet of test vehicles managed by Verizon Wireless engineers who continuously test the network and identify areas for improvement. The engineers conduct more than four million calls annually on the Verizon Wireless network and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling more than one million miles across the nation. In New England, test teams travel thousands of miles across the six-state region each year.

These ongoing network enhancements improve Verizon Wireless' digital capacity in and around Fenway Park, enabling more customers heading to the games to use their wireless phones concurrently. The improvements also enable New England baseball fans to experience fewer dropped calls and clearer reception while talking on their wireless phones, send TXT and Picture Messages, view streaming video or download games and ring tones before, during and after the games.

For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com. To set up an interview or ride-along test drive with a Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Wendy Bulawa at 617.851.3426.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 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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