News Release

Verizon Wireless Enhances Network Capacity In Columbus, Indiana

May 2, 2006

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Shannon King
sking@bjmpr.com
317-31-6400

COLUMBUS, IN — Verizon Wireless has upgraded equipment on its existing cell sites in Columbus, increasing network capacity by 20 percent throughout the town and surrounding area.

The cell site upgrades enable more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive TXT and Picture Messages, and download games and ring tones.

"Gone are the days when people relied on their wireless devices only to make calls while in the car," said Greg Haller, president—Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "Now they also use their phones as digital cameras, entertainment devices, portable computers and even navigation systems. To ensure our customers can use their wireless devices whenever and however they want, we'll continue to invest in our network, which is already the most reliable in the nation."

The network improvements are part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase coverage and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Indiana and across the country. 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. The company has invested nearly $400 million over the past four years in its Indiana network.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 53 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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