News Release

Verizon Wireless Ready for a Grand Slam at Baseball's Mid-Season Classic Game

Nation's Most Reliable Network Helps Fans Share the Thrills of the Game With Family and Friends Back Home

July 6, 2006

In Pittsburgh:
Laura Merritt
Verizon Wireless
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless
614-560-2605

Other Media:
Tom Pica
Verizon Wireless
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7516

BASKING RIDGE, NJ and PITTSBURGH, PA — With baseball's mid-season classic right around the corner, Verizon Wireless has fine tuned its network in Pittsburgh to handle additional wireless call volume during Tuesday's big game. Thousands of baseball fans, sports news media and others on the Verizon Wireless network who flock to the Steel City can rest assured that they will be able to talk and text to friends and fans back home about the festivities leading up to and including the big event.

Verizon Wireless has brought in a Cell on Wheels (COW), a fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell site, and installed temporary equipment on existing cell sites around the city and near PNC Park to boost calling capacity. The installations will enable more Verizon Wireless customers to make more calls concurrently, send and receive TXT and Picture Messages, and download games and ring tones.

"A major reason our customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us is because we offer the nation's most reliable voice network," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "We are committed to ensuring that our network stands up to its excellent reputation for everyday use and during major events like this."

Additionally, leading up to Tuesday night's game, Verizon Wireless will dispatch its real-life, Pennsylvania-based test men and women to drive throughout the downtown Pittsburgh area testing the performance of the company's network, making sure its customers' experience is as good as or better than they have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.

For more information about Verizon Wireless, please 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.

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