News Release

Verizon Wireless Named Official Wireless Provider Of Appalachian State University Mountaineer Athletics In North Carolina

Appalachian State University Athletic Department Signs Exclusive Two-Year Contract with the Nation's Leading Wireless Provider

March 13, 2008

Carly Culbertson
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com
864-987-2006

BOONE, NC — Verizon Wireless and Appalachian State University today announce a two-year sponsorship agreement designating Verizon Wireless as the official wireless provider of the Mountaineer athletics program. The multi-year agreement says Verizon Wireless will provide Mountaineer athletics with all of their wireless needs to enable the coaches and teams to stay connected as they travel to events throughout the country.

"This is an exciting time in the history of the Mountaineer's athletic program," said Charlie Cobb, athletics director for Appalachian State University. "At a time when our sports teams are consistently placing us in the running for championships, it is only fitting we team up with the nation's leading wireless service provider. Through our partnership with Verizon Wireless, we expect to enhance our fans' experience with the latest technological advancements and most complete service possible. We look forward to providing our fans with crisp, clear and reliable wireless service."

The agreement is with the Appalachian ISP Sports Network, the official media rights holder of Appalachian State University Athletics, and grants Verizon Wireless marketing and promotional rights through the 2008 — 2010 Mountaineer's athletics seasons. Whether it's checking out the latest score of the third-consecutive National Champion Mountaineer football team or finding out the results of any Mountaineer event online, Verizon Wireless products and services will be at the heart of the Mountaineer's successful athletics program. Each season, fans will have the chance to be recognized as the winning Verizon Wireless VIP Fan at four home football games, allowing winners field passes and meet and greet opportunities with the players and coaches.

"The Appalachian State University athletics sponsorship provides Verizon Wireless a prime opportunity to further our commitment to the Boone community and this nationally recognized athletics program," said Jerry Fountain, president of the Carolinas/Tennessee region of Verizon Wireless. "Since 2006, Verizon Wireless has supported Mountaineer athletics, and we look forward to extending our relationship for many years to come."

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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