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Most Reliable Wireless Network Just Got Better For Customers In Western Kentucky

Integration of Verizon Wireless' and Alltel's Networks Delivers Increased Wireless Voice and Data Coverage in Paducah and Owensboro

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March 28, 2010

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Bonnie Hackbarth
bhackbarth@guthriemayes.com  
502-625-1658

PADUCAH, KY — Verizon Wireless today announced it has completed the integration of its network with that of Alltel in Paducah, Owensboro and surrounding communities to provide customers with clearer reception, fewer dropped calls and more coverage, including stronger in-building coverage.

Verizon Wireless’ voice and high-speed 3G data network combined with that of Alltel creates the largest wireless network footprint in the United States. The integration in Daviess, Graves, McCracken and Marshall counties enables more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones.

“The addition of Alltel’s network to the Verizon Wireless network provides our customers with unmatched coverage in and around Paducah and Owensboro,” said Greg Haller, president – Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. “Our high-speed 3G broadband wireless network is the largest and most reliable in the United States, and network reliability is the No. 1 reason customers choose and stay with Verizon Wireless. We are committed to continuing to perfect our network so that our customers in Kentucky know they can depend on us every time they use their wireless devices.”

Verizon Wireless has been preparing to integrate Alltel’s network since completing its purchase of the company more than a year ago. Alltel’s 3G data network has been upgraded to the latest revision of wireless broadband technology to enable faster delivery of data services, including e-mail and browsing the Internet.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $55 billion since it was formed – $5.5 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested $307 million on improvements to its wireless network in Kentucky.

About Verizon Wireless in Kentucky
In Kentucky, Verizon Wireless has more than 150 employees and 120-plus locations including company-owned retail stores, indirect agents and national retailers.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit 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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