News Release

J.D. Power And Associates Recognizes Verizon Wireless In The Southeast, Including South Carolina, For 'Highest Call Quality'

March 15, 2006

Carolyn Culbertson  

Jared Kelowitz  
JDPR, 864-233-3776 x24

GREENVILLE, SC — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, announced today that the company has been recognized for the "Highest Call Quality Performance Among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Southeast," which includes South Carolina, in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Wireless Call Quality Performance StudySM Volume 1.

The J.D. Power and Associates Wireless Call Quality Performance Study employs a call quality index based on seven criteria that impact overall carrier performance. The wireless phone subscribers surveyed were asked about their experiences with static/interference, connection on first try, voice distortion, echoes, dropped/disconnected calls, immediate voice mail notification and immediate text message notification.

"This acknowledgment is yet another recognition of Verizon Wireless' ongoing commitment to provide our customers with the best possible wireless service," said Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee Region President Jerry Fountain. "Our industry-leading customer loyalty is strongly tied to the performance of our network—the nation's most reliable-- and our industry leading customer service."

The company's 'most reliable wireless network' claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. The engineers conduct more than four million calls annually on the Verizon Wireless network and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling more than one million miles across the nation. Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion - on average $5 billion a year - since the company was formed six years ago to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and add new capabilities.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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