News Release

Demand For Wireless Voice, Multimedia And Internet Access Climbs In Coalinga, California

Verizon Wireless adds new cell site to stay ahead of the growth

April 22, 2008

Heidi Flato
Heidi.Flato@VerizonWireless.com
925-279-6545

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Wireless users in more Coalinga locations are now experiencing expanded voice and data coverage thanks to the addition a new cell site from Verizon Wireless, the carrier with the highest customer loyalty.

The new site improves overall coverage and capacity for customers to the east side of Coalinga, including the Pleasant Valley State Prison and Coalinga State Hospital.

With the improved network coverage, customers can use their wireless phones and devices to make more calls; send and receive e-mail, text and multimedia messages; download music, games and ringtones; and view high-quality videos all while on-the-go.

The recent expansion adds to Verizon Wireless' $650 million dollar investment in California last year. Nationwide, the company has invested nearly $44 billion since it was formed — $5.5 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national wireless network and to add services like BroadbandAccess, V CAST, VZ Navigator(SM), and many more.

Verizon Wireless is the most widely used brand of service in wireless. The company now serves more than 65.7 million customers nationwide. In the fourth quarter of 2007, the company delivered nearly 45 million text messages and completed 128 million downloads of music, videos, games, ringtones, and exclusive content, including 30 million video and music downloads.

"Our network expansion in Coalinga is just another example of how we invest our resources to stay ahead of demand and to make sure that our customers enjoy a superior wireless experience," said Rich Garwood, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "This consistent investment is a key reason Verizon Wireless has ranked first in customer loyalty in the industry in each of the last 13 quarters."

Other examples of company leadership include being first to offer nationwide unlimited calling plans and the only provider to offer a 30-day network "Test Drive" pledge that pays for calls if a customer isn't satisfied and switches to another carrier.

For more information about the company's network coverage, Test Drive from Verizon Wireless or any of our products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

* Loyalty claims based upon publicly available churn (customer turnover) figures.

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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