News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds 300 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Region Employees In 2007

Customer Growth Fuels Company's Continued Search for Qualified Candidates Bilingual English-Spanish Skill in High Demand

February 3, 2008

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)

PHILADELPHIA, PA — In a continuing effort to keep pace with strong demand for the company's wireless voice and data products and services, Verizon Wireless today announced it recruited and hired 300 employees in the Philadelphia region in 2007. The company now employs a workforce of 1,700 throughout the region.

Philadelphia region President Christine Baron said the search for qualified candidates is expected to continue in 2008. "The appetite of Philadelphia-area consumers and businesses for our exciting new wireless phones, voice services and high-speed wireless broadband services continues to fuel our need for intelligent and energetic employees.

"Our goal is to continue to deliver the best customer experience in the wireless industry and to do so we need to continually recruit and hire employees in customer-facing sales and service positions in our Communications Stores and business sales organization. We are looking for candidates with high standards, excellent communications skills and a passion for superior customer service," Baron said.

Bilingual English-Spanish speaking skills continue to be in high demand to meet the needs of the area's growing Hispanic population. To learn more, interested candidates can visit the company's Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/careers.  

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during 2007 as the company added 6.6 million net new customers for the year. Verizon Wireless serves 65.7 million customers nationwide and is the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty, based on customer retention and turnover rates announced publicly by the largest wireless providers.

A Great Place to Work
Verizon Wireless consistently ranks as one of the best places to work in the United States. Nationally, the company has been named one of Working Mother magazine's "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" for seven years in a row and has been named by Health Magazine as one of 10 U.S. employers to best help women balance their professional and personal responsibilities. In each of the past six years, Verizon Wireless has been named one of the nation's top 100 companies by Training magazine for its continued commitment to employee development and for connecting its training programs to business objectives.

The company offers highly competitive salaries and benefits that include health care coverage that begins on the first day of employment, 401(k) retirement savings program with dollar for dollar match up to 6 percent of employee salary contributions, profit-sharing and long-term incentive plans, and an industry-leading tuition reimbursement program. Last year, employees in the company's Philadelphia region received $900,000 in tuition assistance for continuing education programs.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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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