News Release

Verizon Wireless Activates New Cell Site In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Central Business District

Customers Now Experience Improved Network Coverage

July 17, 2006

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605Jeff Donaldson
For Verizon Wireless
jeff.donaldson@elias-savion.com
412-642-7700

PITTSBURGH, PA — Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in downtown Pittsburgh, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive TXT and Picture Messages, and download games and ring tones while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The new cell site improves network coverage and capacity in the city's central business district from Wood Street north to Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, and west from Eleventh Street to the intersection of Penn and Liberty avenues.

"In 2005 in Pennsylvania, call volume on our network increased by more than 40 percent," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "This new cell site reflects our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and to provide them with the reliable, high quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless."

This network enhancement in Pittsburgh is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Pennsylvania and across the country. Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion in the last six years-$5 billion on average every year since the company was formed-to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. In 2005, Verizon Wireless invested $240 million in its Pennsylvania network.

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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