News Release

For The Fourth Consecutive Year, IDG's Computerworld Names Verizon Wireless One Of The "Best Places To Work In IT"

Verizon Wireless Places 18th in Annual Survey of Information Technology Professionals

June 20, 2006

Tom Pica
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4385

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — For the fourth consecutive year, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has been recognized as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals by IDG's Computerworld. This honor is part of the IT publication's 13th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in this week's issue of Computerworld. This year, Verizon Wireless placed 18th on the list, up from 29th in 2005.

Verizon Wireless' Information Technology Department was selected based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention, in addition to results of a survey given to current IT department employees. Additionally, employees were asked to rate morale in their IT departments and the importance of various benefits provided to them.

"We're pleased that Verizon Wireless has once again been recognized by Computerworld as one of the Best Places to Work in IT," said Martha Delehanty, vice president of human resources for Verizon Wireless. "Our national reputation as a great place to work – with competitive total compensation, a comprehensive benefits package and outstanding training and career opportunities-helps us to attract, retain and promote the best talent and to deliver a positive wireless experience to our 53 million customers nationwide."

"The recipients of this year's Best Places to Work represent a diversity of industries from technology to finance to pharmaceuticals," said Don Tennant, editor in chief, Computerworld. "However, each organization is united by a common theme — they embrace the value of IT talent within the workplace and the impressive contributions that these professionals make on a daily basis."

Since 1994, Computerworld's "Best Places to Work" feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals compiled by IDG's Computerworld. To view the complete list of the 2006 Best Places to Work in IT, please visit www.computerworld.com.

Verizon Wireless employs 56,000 employees nationwide and is a market leader for wireless technology in the United States. For more information, 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 Computerworld
Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO® and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.  

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