News Release

Verizon Wireless Boosts South Carolina Network Capacity In The Lowcountry

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access and Music

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July 23, 2008

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

SUMMERVILLE, SC — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s most reliable wireless network, recently expanded wireless coverage to improve wireless voice and data service in parts of Colleton and Dorchester counties. The recent network enhancements enable more Verizon Wireless customers to use their wireless phones to make calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; and download games and ringtones, all while enjoying superior wireless coverage.

Specifically, Verizon Wireless customers will immediately experience enhanced coverage along Highway 17A between Summerville and Cottageville. These improved areas also have access to Verizon Wireless’ Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network that provides high-speed business and entertainment-based services on wireless phones, laptops and other wireless devices with Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess and V CAST multimedia services. Today, over 95 percent of Palmetto State residents have access to Verizon Wireless’ high-speed broadband service.

“As more people enter an area, it is imperative that their wireless provider adjust to the increase in network use, so to stay ahead, we invested millions of dollars in the Lowcountry to improve and expand our network,” said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee region.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion nationwide since the company was formed in 2000 – $5.5 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and add wireless services. In South Carolina alone, the company has invested more than $641 million since 2000 to ensure that the state has the most reliable network in the country.

For easy and convenient access to new wireless products and services, Verizon Wireless operates a retail store at 121 Angus Street in Summerville. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 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.

Test Man Ride-Along Program
The specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse “conversations” and data transmissions. Members of the media who are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, please contact Carly Culbertson at 864-987-2006 or via e-mail at Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com.

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