News Release

New York Capital District Residents To Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Expansion

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access, and Music

May 3, 2007

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Meredith Dropkin
meredithd@mragroup.com  
315-233-3000

ALBANY, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in Albany County, Verizon Wireless has expanded its network with a new cell site in Albany. The new site improves coverage and capacity along Interstate 90 from Exit 5 to Exit 8, Interstate 787 from Exit 3 to Exit 7, and Route 9 from Colonie Street to Birch Hill Road.

This network expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year (more than $1 billion every 90 days) to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. Verizon Wireless has invested $37 billion — on average, $5 billion every year since the company was formed seven years ago — to increase coverage and capacity, and to offer customers the most reliable service available in the nation. Services include wireless data services such as Picture Messaging, TXT Messaging, and BroadbandAccess, the company's high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers.

The company's nation's most reliable wireless network reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. These engineers drive nearly 98 specially equipped vehicles over 1 million miles on average annually on Interstate, US and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

Verizon Wireless recently introduced its 30-day Test Drive, an industry first that lets customers experience its network virtually risk-free for 30 days. If customers are not satisfied with their experience and take their number to another carrier, Verizon Wireless will refund their money for calls, equipment, activation fee and taxes. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  

EDITOR'S NOTE:
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 John O'Malley at 585-321-7264.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 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 66,000 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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