Verizon Wireless Enhances Digital Service in Ventnor, Margate and Longport, NJ

Verizon Wireless Enhances Digital Service in Ventnor, Margate and Longport

CDMA Service Provides Better Call Clarity and Advanced Wireless Services
Like Internet Access, Text Messaging

August 30, 2001




Verizon Wireless has enhanced digital wireless service in
Ventnor, Margate and Longport with the addition of a new digital cell site in Ventnor. Using Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital technology, the site will provide improved wireless coverage to these shore towns.

CDMA wireless technology provides wireless users with greater call clarity and security, longer battery life and talk time and the ability to use advanced wireless services such as Internet access and text messaging.

"This digital network upgrade will provide people with improved wireless coverage when using our voice and data services," said Ann McCrystal, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region.

The new cell site is part of a $4 billion investment program this year to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network. More than $100 million of that investment is being used to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.