News Release

With The Start Of Baseball Season, Verizon Wireless' Network Hit One Out Of The Park With Huge Call Volume At Fenway On Opening Day

Ongoing Network Investments in New England Prepare Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network as the Boys of Summer Take the Field

April 10, 2007

Mike Murphy
Michael.Murphy@VerizonWireless.com
781-932-1213David Thomson
978-808-7700

WOBURN, MA — Peanuts? Check. Jersey of your favorite Boston player? Check. Reliable wireless network? Check. With the baseball season officially underway, Verizon Wireless is providing customers with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network in and around Fenway, and across the country.

On Opening Day Tuesday, the company saw customer usage at the ballpark increase by an estimated 120% year-over-year.

In 2006, Verizon Wireless invested nearly $318 million to enhance its regional network, and more than $35 billion across the nation in the past seven years to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services, like TXT and Picture Messaging, V CAST Music and BroadbandAccess.

In a continuing demonstration of its commitment to provide customers with a superior wireless experience, Verizon Wireless recently enhanced its formidable network testing capabilities by nearly doubling its nationwide fleet of drive test vehicles and its team of real-life test men and test women. Now, 98 Verizon Wireless test engineers nationwide are dedicated full-time to driving and testing nearly one million miles in specially equipped, company-owned and -operated vehicles to measure the performance of the company's network as well as competitors' networks.

The additional vehicles, which cost approximately $240,000 each when fully equipped, represent an additional investment of more than $11 million in rolling stock in the past two years to test wireless networks.

Editor's Note: For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com. To set up an interview or ride-along test drive with a Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact David Thomson at 978-808-7700.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company 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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