Proxy Statement
Letter to Shareholders

Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc.
140 West Street
New York, New York 10007

March 23, 2009

Dear Fellow Shareholders:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we invite you to attend Verizon’s 2009 annual meeting of shareholders. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10:30 a.m., local time, at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, 320 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky. You can find directions to the meeting on the admission ticket attached to your proxy card, in the proxy statement and online at www.verizon.com/investor.

The annual meeting is an opportunity to discuss matters of general interest to Verizon’s shareholders and for you to vote on the items included in the proxy statement. At this year’s meeting, you will be asked to elect Directors, ratify the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm, cast an advisory vote related to Verizon’s executive compensation program, approve Verizon’s long-term incentive plan, approve Verizon’s short-term incentive plan and consider five shareholder proposals. The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR items 1 through 5 and AGAINST items 6 through 10.

Only Verizon shareholders may attend the annual meeting. If you are a registered Verizon shareholder, your admission ticket is attached to your proxy card. If you hold your shares through a bank, broker or other institution, the proxy statement explains how to obtain an admission ticket at the meeting.

Your vote is very important. Please take the time to vote promptly so that your shares are represented at the meeting. We appreciate your participation and your ongoing interest in Verizon.

Sincerely,

Verizon

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Your vote is important. Please vote promptly.

You may vote online, by telephone or
by signing, dating and returning
the enclosed proxy card.