News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Communications Store In Bluffton

January 23, 2001

Meagan L. Bretches
meagan@erwinpenland.com
864-672-5560

Tina Ray
tina@erwinpenland.com
864-672-5565

BLUFFTON, SC — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, has opened the doors to its new communications store in Bluffton.

"Verizon Wireless has enhanced its network in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties," said Suzanne Begley, store manager. "Now, we have opened our first communications store in the region, so residents may access the best quality service and technology Verizon Wireless has to offer."

Located at 111 Towne Drive in Belfair Town Village, the new 2,800 square-foot communications store features a wide variety of wireless products and services. Among those products and services are the popular SingleRatesm plans that offer one low rate with no roaming or long distance charges and a premier line of digital wireless phones and accessories. Mobile Web, the company's wireless Internet-access service, is also available. For $6.95 per month, this service provides easy-to-use access to the Internet and the option to customize information delivered to the handset.

The new communications store is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Sunday, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. A staff of full-time professionals is on hand to assist customers in selecting equipment and making decisions on calling plans.

Verizon Wireless has 42 communications stores serving the Carolinas. As Carolinians shop for wireless service and accessories, Verizon Wireless offers the following tips:

  • Consider how the phone will be used. Think about where most calls will be made and how often the phone will be used, so you can select the best regional or national plan. Look for a service provider with a high quality coast-to-coast network in the areas the phone will be used and one that offers nationwide flat-rate pricing plans, such as Verizon Wireless' SingleRatesm with no roaming or long distance charges.
  • Shop smart for the latest digital service. Digital service offers an array of advanced features like extended battery life, enhanced security, voice mail and Caller ID. Verizon Wireless recently introduced an innovative offering, New Every Two, where customers can trade in their wireless phones for new ones valued up to $100 when they renew their two-year contract on a $35 service plan or higher. New Every Two ensures users always have up-to-date equipment with the latest technology.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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