News Release

Verizon Wireless Strengthens Local Network In Pennsylvania

Company Activates New Cell Site in Lewisburg, Upgrades Montour Ridge Cell Site

April 18, 2006

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605DeAnna Halewski
dhalewski@sacunas-stoessel.com  
717-652-0100, ext.21

LEWISBURG, PA — Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Lewisburg and upgraded another near Montour Ridge, enabling more area 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.

These enhancements increase network coverage and calling capacity on the Bucknell University campus and in downtown Lewisburg, West Lawn, Linntown and College Park. Coverage and capacity also are improved along U.S. Route 15 and state routes 45, 147, 192 and 405 in the Lewisburg area.

"During 2005, call volume on our network in Pennsylvania increased by more than 40 percent," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "These network enhancements reflect our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and to provide them with the reliable, high quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless."

Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion in the last six years-$5 billion on average every year since the company was formed-to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. In 2005, Verizon Wireless invested $240 million in Pennsylvania to maintain and enhance its network for customers.

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, 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 receive 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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