Verizon Wireless Network Restoration Efforts Complete, Company Continues to Support Communities and Relief Efforts

 Verizon Wireless Network Restoration Efforts Complete, Company Continues to
                    Support Communities and Relief Efforts

- Network operating at pre-storm levels

- Retail locations in the Northeast are open

- Company, employees and customers donate more than $5.9 million

PR Newswire

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 15, 2012

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced
today that its network in the Northeast is once again operating at
pre-Hurricane Sandy levels and all locations of its corporate retail stores in
the storm-affected area are open for business with the exception of the Wall
Street location in Manhattan that sustained damage during the storm. The
company is now shifting its focus to continuing to support local residents
still recovering from the storm, as well as the agencies conducting relief
efforts in the area.

"While the immediate effects of Hurricane Sandy and the winter storm that
followed may have passed, the road to full recovery for many continues," said
Nancy Clark, Verizon Wireless Northeast Area President. "With our network
fully restored and our retail locations open and serving customers, it's now
time to turn our attention to ensuring that local residents, communities and
relief agencies continue to receive the support they need. I'm very proud of
our employees' round-the-clock efforts to restore our network and their
sustained support of our customers throughout one of the most devastating
weather events the Northeast has seen. Now we all will work together to help
our friends, families and neighbors rebuild their lives."

"Preparation paid off as 94 percent of our network in the Northeast remained
in service through the storm," said Dave Heverling, Vice President of Network
in the Northeast. "After the storm, our engineers worked 24/7 to bring the
remaining sites back online to connect our customers and support relief
efforts in the hardest-hit areas."

Providing emergency communications support

In support of local residents who may still be without power or other
telecommunications services, Verizon Wireless has staged nine mobile device
charging stations in the NY/NJ/PA area offering free device charging, domestic
phone calls and Internet access. Those free services are also available at the
company's retail locations. An updated listing of locations and services can
be found here.

The company also deployed eight wireless emergency communications centers in
the area to support emergency management offices, first responders, and other
public safety organizations.

Supporting relief agencies

Verizon employees, Verizon Wireless customers and the Verizon Foundation have
pledged nearly $5.9 million to date to support Hurricane Sandy relief and
rebuilding efforts. Customers can still make a $10 donation by texting
REDCROSS to 90999, and those who would like to give more can donate up to $50
via text. In addition, more than 6,700 Verizon employees have donated to the
American Red Cross and Salvation Army through the Verizon Foundation's
matching gifts program; the foundation has matched those donations
two-for-one. For more on the Verizon Foundation's Sandy support, click here.

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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest,
most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail
customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in
Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 employees nationwide, Verizon
Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and
Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit
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.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless

Website: http://www.verizonwireless.com
Contact: Andrea Kimmet, Verizon Wireless - Northeast Area,
Andrea.Kimmet@VerizonWireless.com, +1-908-310-5591
 
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