News Release

Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Residents To Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Expansion

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

August 7, 2007

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Melinda McLoughlin
melinda.mcloughlin@vivianipr.com  
973-830-7397

MORRISTOWN, NJ — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents and commuters in Hunterdon County, Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable wireless voice and data network, has expanded its network with a new cell site in Readington.

The new Hunterdon County cell site will improve network coverage and capacity along Route 629 from Dreahook Road to Route 202.

Verizon Wireless invested $2 billion to enhance its New York Metro area network and more than $40 billion across the nation since it was formed to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice, data and mobile entertainment services, like VZ NavigatorSM, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions; V CAST Mobile TV, offering eight broadcast quality mobile television channels; and V CAST Music which allows customers to download full songs directly to their V CAST-capable wireless phones and Microsoft® Windows® XP-based PCs.

"Reliable networks are not built overnight," said Charles Hand, president of the company's New York Metro region. "Our New Jersey customers are among the most demanding and tech savvy in the nation and Verizon Wireless continues to efficiently invest in network enhancements to deliver the reliable and innovative services customers want. Better yet, Verizon Wireless is the only major carrier with a 30-day network Test Drive pledge that pays for calls if a customer isn't satisfied and switches to another carrier."

Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the first half of this year when the company added three million new customers, more than any other wireless carrier, and led the industry in customer retention. Verizon Wireless now serves 62.1 million customers nationwide.

Verizon Wireless's high-speed third generation wireless broadband network has been enhanced with EV-DO Rev. A technology. This enhancement allows customers who use the company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, to interact with Web-based applications, download music over-the-air, access to e-mail, everyday corporate data, the Internet, and more at speeds that are eight to nine times faster than before. For example, BroadbandAccess customers with Rev. A compatible devices can now expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 megabyte e-mail attachment — the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file — in about eight seconds and upload the same sized file in less than 13 seconds.

Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive 98 specially equipped vehicles nearly one million miles each year on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.

*Editors Note: Test Man Ride-Along Program
To set up an interview and ride-along Test Drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Kimberly Ancin 845-429-3839.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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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