News Release

Verizon Wireless Upgrades Digital Network In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Area Customers to Benefit from Cell Site Enhancements

January 5, 2005

Laura Merritt
614-560-2605Patricia Quolke
For Verizon Wireless

WILKES-BARRE, PA — To stay ahead of its growing customer base and demand for its voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has upgraded its cell site on the public square in downtown Wilkes-Barre, thus enhancing coverage in the area.

This improvement increases the strength of the Verizon Wireless network signal and enables more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently. As a result, Verizon Wireless customers will experience fewer dropped calls and clearer reception while talking on their wireless phones, handling data applications (such as TXT and Picture Messaging) or downloading games and ringtones with the company's Get It Now® services.

"During the past year in Pennsylvania, we've seen a 45 percent increase in volume on our network," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "This network enhancement reflects our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and to provide them with the high quality of service they expect from Verizon Wireless."

Enhancements to this cell site are part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase capacity and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Pennsylvania and across the country. In 2004, Verizon Wireless spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars to enhance its network in Pennsylvania. Nationwide, the company invests about $1 billion every 90 days to improve and expand what is already the most reliable wireless network in the United States.

About Verizon Wireless
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