News Release

Verizon Wireless Invests More Than $40 Million To Expand And Enhance Montana Network In 2002

New Wireless Data Service Launched for Personal and Business Use

February 17, 2003

Georgia Taylor

HELENA, MT — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, invested more than $40 million in 2002 to expand and enhance its wireless network in Montana, and deploy new services such as Get It NowSM mobile data service. The Montana investment was part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive network enhancement program, which has averaged $4 billion a year for the last two years.

Verizon Wireless' investment has expanded the company's digital coverage in the state and increased capacity by more than 70 percent to handle even more simultaneous voice and data calls, in keeping with the company's focus on network quality. Network usage in Montana increased more than 200 percent in 2002 over 2001.

"Our television Test Man, with his signature 'Can you hear me now? Good.' comment, communicates our commitment to providing customers with the nation's largest and most advanced wireless network," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president for the Northwest Region, Verizon Wireless. "An expansive, high-capacity voice and data network like ours is essential for reliable service."

Verizon Wireless also introduced a number of new wireless data products and services in 2002, including Get It Now, a data service that enables customers to easily download games, ring tones, entertainment and productivity applications over the air onto their phone, including phones with color screens.

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