News Release

Gallup, New Mexico Residents And Visitors Can Make More Calls

Verizon Wireless adds new cell site to provide additional wireless coverage

September 26, 2006

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Wireless users in Gallup are now experiencing enhanced coverage and capacity south of Historic Route 66 on Route 564 along Interstate 40 thanks to a new Verizon Wireless cell site.

"This new site reflects our ongoing commitment to provide customers with the reliable, high quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless," said Tony Heyman, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

"We've invested more than $150 million in our wireless network in New Mexico and El Paso, TX over the past five years, and we will continue to invest to stay ahead of growth and add new capabilities."

The company 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's 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies performed by the real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspire Verizon Wireless' national advertising. These engineers conduct more than 750,000 voice call attempts and 1.4 million data tests quarterly on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling over 225,000 miles quarterly in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Jenny Weaver at 480-763-6321 or jenny.weaver@verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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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