News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network in Coney Island, New York

More than $30 Billion Invested Nationwide in Past Six Years; Major Investments and Upgrades Continue in 2006

June 25, 2006

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Kimberly Ancin
kimberly.ancin@vivianipr.com
845-429-3839

ORANGEBURG, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents and visitors to Coney Island, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with a new cell site.

The new Coney Island cell site will improve network coverage and capacity along the Esplanade, Oriental Boulevard and Hampton Avenue between Corbin Place and Falmouth Street.

Verizon Wireless invested $2 billion to enhance its New York Metro area network and more than $30 billion across the nation in the past six years to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services, like two-way TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging and V CAST service which brings TV, music and other multimedia services to wireless phones over the company's high speed broadband wireless network.

"Reliable networks are not built overnight," said Charles Hand, president of the company's New York Metro Region. "Our New York customers are among the most demanding and tech savvy in the nation and Verizon Wireless continues to efficiently invest in network enhancements to deliver the reliable and innovative services customers want."

Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the first quarter as the company added 1.7 million net new customers. Verizon Wireless now serves 53 million customers nationwide.

Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess data network is the largest high-speed wireless broadband network in the U.S. BroadbandAccess service, now available throughout the five boroughs and nationwide to more than 150 million Americans, provides customers with high-speed wireless Internet access, access to corporate intranets and e-mail via laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive 95 specially equipped vehicles approximately 225,000 miles every quarter on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to make sure that voice calls and data sessions are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 750,000 voice call attempts and more than 1.4 million data tests quarterly on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other leading carriers.

For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.

*Editors Note: To set up an interview and ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Lynette Viviani at 973-283-9228.

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, 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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