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Verizon Wireless Opens Doors In Starkville, Mississippi

Nation's Largest Wireless Provider Brings Added Convenience and New Technology to Oktibbeha County

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November 3, 2009

Lucie Pathmann
lucie.pathmann@VerizonWireless.com
501-905-5553

STARKVILLE, MS — Verizon Wireless will celebrate the grand opening of its latest evolutionary communications store in Starkville with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Parker Wiseman and representatives from the Starkville Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. Customers can enjoy free food, fun activities and great deals on the latest wireless technology all weekend.

In the new store, located at 911 Main St., high-tech meets hands-on in a dedicated demo zone with more than 55 working models of handsets, PC cards and other devices. Customers can explore, experiment and learn using interactive touch screens or be receive guidance from knowledgeable and friendly wireless professionals.

The grand opening also coincides with the launch of one of the most highly anticipated wireless devices of the year: the Motorola Droid, the first Google™-powered Android 2.0 phone featuring high-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the most reliable voice and 3G data network in the country.

"Our newest communications store in Starkville will provide residents with the convenience they need with the high-quality service and devices they expect from Verizon Wireless," says Lori Singleton, district manager for Verizon Wireless. "From Mississippi State football to the growing culture scene, Starkville is an exciting community and we are happy to be here."

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony and in conjunction with the company's HopeLine® domestic violence prevention initiative, Verizon Wireless officials will present a $1,500 donation to Safe Haven of Columbus. This weekend and year-round, customers are encouraged to donate their old wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any service provider to support HopeLine.

Phones donated to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse, and those that are not salvageable are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero-landfill policy. Proceeds generated from the phones collected by HopeLine are put toward wireless phones and service for survivors of domestic violence as well as financial grants to local non-profit domestic violence advocacy agencies.

Since HopeLine's national phone recycling and re-use program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than six million phones and awarded more than $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.

The Starkville store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. For more information about Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: 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.

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