News Release

Verizon Wireless Activates New Cell Site In Freeman, South Dakota

February 19, 2008

Karen Smith
Karen.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
763-595-2511Claudia Bohn
Claudia@Alberscommunications.com
888-296-2411 ext. 5

FREEMAN, SD — Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Freeman that expands network coverage and increases capacity, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; and download games and ringtones while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The new cell site improves coverage in town and north along U.S. Highway 81 seven miles, south on U.S. Highway 81 to 280th Street, east on State Highway 44 to 446th Street and west on 278th Street to 427th Ave.

"This network enhancement reflects our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and to provide them with the reliable, high quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless," said Nancy B. Clark, president—Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless.

Reliable service is fundamental to customer loyalty, and Verizon Wireless boasts the highest customer loyalty in the industry, as measured by the company's low percent of customer turnover.

"The value we offer our customers is closely tied to our industry-leading customer retention," Clark said. "Wireless consumers today understand that value is not defined by price alone. A major reason our customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us is because we offer the nation's most reliable network."

This new cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' continual effort to expand coverage, improve capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in South Dakota and throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $44 billion since it was formed - more than $5.5 billion on average every year - to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. In 2007, $28.6 million of this investment was spent in South Dakota for network enhancements.

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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