News Release

Verizon Wireless Strengthens Business Sales Team In North Carolina

John Steinberger Will Support Verizon Wireless' Large Business Accounts in Charlotte and Throughout Western North Carolina

June 6, 2006

Carly Culbertson
Verizon Wireless
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com
864-987-2006

Robin Blackwood
JDPR
robinb@jdpr.com
864-233-3776, ext. 20

CHARLOTTE, NC — Verizon Wireless, the nation's most reliable wireless network, announces the promotion of John Steinberger to Associate Director of Strategic Sales for western North Carolina.

In this role, Steinberger will be responsible for managing a team of sales and support people that service Verizon Wireless' strategic large business accounts in Charlotte and western North Carolina. Steinberger will ensure Verizon Wireless' growing business customers receive top levels of service and promote Verizon Wireless as the market leader in the wireless industry.

"With decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, John is an excellent candidate for this leadership position," said Joseph Cooper, Regional Director of Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee Region Sales Team. "He has a well-established reputation of exceptional performance and will no doubt enhance Verizon Wireless' position as the nation's most reliable wireless network."

Steinberger's team will present business customers with Verizon Wireless' industry-leading portfolio of six wireless PC cards for laptops and eight broadband PDA's supporting many popular platforms: MS Windows, RIM and Palm. Verizon Wireless now has 26.1 million data customers and just last year brought 3G EV-DO high-speed network to Charlotte.

A 20-year veteran in the communications industry, Steinberger was named Verizon Wireless' Major Account Manager of the Year in 2004. He is also a past president of the Southeastern Communications Association.

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 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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