News Release

Wireless Phone Users In Macoupin County, Illinois, Now Experience Even Clearer Reception And Fewer Dropped Calls

Verizon Wireless Activates New Cell Site in Carlinville, Ill.

March 18, 2008

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger1@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282Tricia Walli
pwalli@webershandwick.com
312-988-2019

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

This new cell site improves Verizon Wireless' voice and data network in the town of Carlinville and north to Standard City Road, south along Illinois Route 4 to Deer Run Lake Dam, west to Comer and east to Womac.

"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 T.J. Fox, president — Illinois/Wisconsin region, Verizon Wireless.

"The value we offer our customers is closely tied to our industry-leading customer retention," Fox 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 wireless network."

This new cell site in Carlinville is part of Verizon Wireless' continual effort to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Illinois and throughout the country. Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1 billion on improvements to its network in Illinois to increase the coverage and capacity and to add new services. More than $155 million of this investment was spent in 2007.

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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