News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network in Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access

June 1, 2006

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Carly Irwin
215-790-4342

HELLERTOWN, PA — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents and commuters in Northampton County, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with a new cell site in Hellertown. The new site increases coverage and capacity along Routes 78 and 412 and around the Lehigh University campus.

This expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year (more than $1 billion every 90 days) to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services like two-way TXT, Picture and video Messaging and V CAST, which brings full-length songs, TV and other multimedia services to wireless phones over the company's high speed wireless broadband network.

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 more than $700 million over the last six years in its Philadelphia Region network.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the first quarter of 2006 as the company added 1.7 million net new customers. Verizon Wireless is the leader in wireless customer loyalty. In the first quarter of 2006, the company posted a record-breaking low customer turnover rate of 1.18%, well below the rate reported by the other major wireless carriers.

The company's investment in its Philadelphia Tri-State Region wireless network, reflects its commitment to offer customers the most reliable wireless service available. The company's 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. These engineers conduct more than 3.6 million call attempts yearly on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling over 1.2 million miles a year in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

*Editor's Note - Test Man Ride-Along Program for the Media
Specially-equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test the networks of six wireless providers using a mobile laptop computer to generate calls. If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Carly Irwin at 215-790-4342.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 53 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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 receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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