News Release

Wireless Phone Users in Murray, Kentucky, Now Experience Even Clearer Reception and Fewer Dropped Calls

Verizon Wireless Demonstrates Commitment to Network Reliability with New Cell Site and Additional Upgrades

July 17, 2006

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Lori Riddle Eberenz
For Verizon Wireless
LRiddle@guthriemayes.com
502-625-1655

MURRAY, KY — Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site and installed additional equipment on existing cell sites in Murray, 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 network improvements increase coverage and capacity across town and on the campus of Murray State University.

"To stay ahead of our customers' demands for wireless service, we will continue to invest in our network," said Greg Haller, president—Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "These upgrades mean more customers can call Mom or Dad from the library, text friends between classes, download music while in the park, and accomplish work from the road-all on the nation's most reliable wireless network."

These network improvements in Murray are part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase coverage and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Kentucky 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. The company has invested more than $156 million in the past six years in its Kentucky 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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