Verizon Wireless Hired 565, Promoted 500 Employees Throughout New England In 2007

WILMINGTON, MA — In a continuing effort to stay ahead of customer demand for the company's wireless voice and data services, Verizon Wireless today announced that it hired 565 new employees throughout New England during 2007. Nearly 500 employees were promoted during the same period.

"We continue to invest in our retail and customer service channels to better serve our growing subscriber base," said Ken Dixon, New England region president.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during 2007 as the company added 2 million net new customers in the fourth quarter. Verizon Wireless now serves 65.7 million customers nationwide and is the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty.

Bilingual English-Spanish speaking skills continue to be in high demand to meet the needs of the area's growing Hispanic population. Nearly 13 percent of the company's retail employees nationwide now speak both English and Spanish and that number is expected to increase in 2008.

A Great Place To Work In addition to being an industry leader in network reliability and customer loyalty, Verizon Wireless is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in the country because of its employee-friendly policies. For seven consecutive years, Verizon Wireless has been honored as a Working Mother 100 Best Company by Working Mother magazine. In 2007, Verizon Wireless was the only wireless carrier recognized and was praised for the company's flexibility and advancement of working mothers.

Verizon Wireless also has been named to Training magazine's 2008 list of "Top 125 Training Organizations in America," making it the seventh consecutive year Verizon Wireless' training and development programs have been ranked among the best in the nation. This year, the company ranked fourth among U.S. companies and was the highest ranked wireless company on the list.

The company offers industry-leading compensation and benefit packages. Benefits include health care coverage that begins on the first day of employment, participation in the company's 401(k) program (dollar-for-dollar company match up to 6% of the employee's contribution), profit sharing, tuition assistance for continuing education, and short-term (annual bonuses) incentive plans. Employees can also take advantage of numerous opportunities for career advancement.

More information about career opportunities at Verizon Wireless is available at the company's Web site,

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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