News Release

Verizon Wireless Strengthens Network In Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Enhancements to Orbisonia Cell Site Enable Customers to Experience Even Clearer Reception and Fewer Dropped Calls

July 17, 2006

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

ORBISONIA, PA — Verizon Wireless has upgraded its Orbisonia cell site in Huntingdon County, 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.

These improvements enhance network coverage and calling capacity along State Route 522 between the towns of Shirleysburg and Orbisonia.

"During 2005, call volume on our network in Pennsylvania increased by more than 40 percent," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "The upgrades to this cell site reflect 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."

These network improvements in Orbisonia are 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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