Queens County, New York, Residents Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Expansion

ORANGEBURG, NY — Wireless calling, text messaging and surfing the Mobile Web for e-mail and information now are easier and faster for Verizon Wireless customers in Queens County, thanks to the activation of the company's newest cell site in Ozone Park.

The new Queens County cell site improves network coverage and capacity along Rockaway Boulevard from 131st Street to Lefferst Boulevard.

With the improved network coverage, more customers can use their wireless phones to send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; view high-quality videos; and access turn-by-turn directions, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

"Reliable networks aren't built overnight," said Pat Devlin, president of the company's New York/New Jersey Metro region. "Today's wireless customers demand so much more than voice service and this network expansion reflects our ongoing commitment to stay ahead of the curve. New and exciting multimedia devices, like the new enV(2)™ by LG for on-the-go texters and music fans equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard, now enable customers to carry PC-functionality in the palms of their hands. We will continue to efficiently invest in network enhancements to deliver the most reliable voice, data and multimedia services available."

Verizon Wireless has invested over $2 billion to enhance its New York/New Jersey Metro network and more than $45 billion across the nation since it was formed, to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice, data and mobile entertainment services, like VZ Navigator(SM) (Version 4), which provides audible turn-by-turn directions and real time traffic information; V CAST Mobile TV, offering broadcast quality mobile television; and V CAST Music, which allows customers to download full songs directly to their V CAST-capable wireless phones and Microsoft® Windows® XP-based PCs.

Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the first quarter of 2008 when the company added 1.5 million net new customers and continued its industry-leading customer loyalty rates. Verizon Wireless now serves more than 67.2 million customers nationwide. During the first quarter, the company delivered nearly 58 billion text messages and completed 34.6 million video and music downloads.

In the New York Metro area, 100 percent of Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network has been upgraded with faster Revision A (Rev. A) technology. Customers who use the company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, now can interact with Web-based applications and access e-mail, everyday corporate data and the Internet.

Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive 90 specially equipped vehicles nearly one million miles each year on Interstate, US and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon US Census counts, to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers. For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.

*Editors Note: Test Man Ride-Along ProgramTo set up an interview and ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Kimberly Ancin at 845-429-3839.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 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: www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.