News Release

Verizon Wireless Receives The First-Ever Alliance For Workplace Excellence Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award

June 11, 2006

Donna Lyden
Verizon Wireless
Donna.Lyden@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-7901

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has been awarded the Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence. The Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award recognizes businesses that are leading the way in creating a workplace environment that promotes mental and physical health. 2006 marks the first year that the Alliance for Workplace Excellence has given out this recognition.

Verizon Wireless was honored for its work/life programs, which provide resources to the company's more than 58,000 employees. To help employees improve their health and well-being, Verizon Wireless currently operates 22 on-site Health and Wellness centers and employs a full-time staff dedicated to the health and wellness of employees. For $15 a month, employees have access to top of the line fitness equipment, health programs and seminars, smoking cessation classes, health fairs and screenings, flu shots and much more. Additionally, employees receive three "Quality at Work" messages per week, with motivational messages and health and wellness information to help keep their healthy lifestyle on track.

"Our industry leading total rewards package and our strong focus on health and wellness, has fostered  the creation of the best workforce in the wireless industry," said Martha Delehanty, vice president - Human Resources for Verizon Wireless. "Our 58,000 employees coupled with the nation's most reliable wireless network truly differentiate Verizon Wireless from all other wireless competitors."

For more information about Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

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, 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.

About The Alliance for Workplace Excellence
The Alliance for Workplace Excellence (formerly the Maryland Work~Life Alliance) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to positioning workplace excellence as a competitive advantage in the public, private and nonprofit business community by building and recognizing 'Excellent Places to Work.'

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