News Release

Wireless Service Improves At University Of Michigan Football Stadium

Verizon Wireless Increases Network Capacity by One-Third at the Big House

October 5, 2006

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Al Upchurch
For Verizon Wireless
aupchurch@marxlayne.com
248-855-6777

ANN ARBOR, MI — University of Michigan football fans are enjoying clearer reception and fewer lost calls in and around the Big House as a result of Verizon Wireless' boosting its network capacity by 33 percent.

The company has activated a temporary cell site, which enables more customers to use their wireless handsets concurrently to make calls, send and receive e-mail and TXT, Picture and Video Messages, and download, music, games and ring tones.

The temporary cell site, also known as a COLT (Cell on Light Truck), is a fully functional mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity in a given area. Verizon Wireless placed its COLT near Main and Hill streets.

"These upgrades mean more customers can keep in touch with friends and family during home football games and share memorable pictures from the day instantly-all on the nation's most reliable wireless network," said Greg Haller, president—Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless.

The network improvements are part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase coverage and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Michigan 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 $728 million in the past six years in its Michigan network.

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, 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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