News Release

Verizon Wireless Customers Set Record: 5 Billion TXT Messages in September

October 25, 2006

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7519

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, announced today its customers sent and received more than five billion TXT Messages in September 2006. This record — for both the company and the U.S. wireless industry — marks the most TXT Messages ever sent and received by Verizon Wireless customers in a single month. The growth in TXT Messages reflects an increase of 150 percent — or an increase of three billion messages a month — for the same time period in 2005.

Also last month, Verizon Wireless customers shared more than 100 million PIX and FLIX multimedia messages. The trend with TXT Messages also holds true for Verizon Wireless' PIX and FLIX Messages as the company also had an increase of more than 150 percent for multimedia messages for the month, compared to one year ago.

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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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