Proxy Statement
Letter to Shareholders

Verizon

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

March 21, 2011

Dear Fellow Shareholders:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we invite you to attend Verizon’s 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., local time, at the University Place Conference Center, 850 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. 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 advisory votes related to Verizon’s executive compensation program and the frequency of future votes related to executive compensation, and consider four shareholder proposals. The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR items 1 through 3 and AGAINST items 5 through 8. With respect to Item 4, the Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR the “once every year” option.

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 so that your shares are represented at the meeting. We appreciate your participation and your ongoing interest in Verizon.

Sincerely,

Ivan Seidenberg

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.