News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Communications Store in Bellevue Square

November 15, 2000

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, Verizon Wireless has opened a new state-of-the-art Communications Store in Bellevue Square. To celebrate its grand opening, Verizon Wireless is offering an additional 250 minutes for the first month to any customer who signs up for service on a qualified price plan between November 17-19.

"We are thrilled to be adding another Verizon Wireless store in the Northwest region, and especially at a one-stop location like Bellevue Square," said Kelley DeLaney, regional president for Verizon Wireless in the Pacific Northwest. "Our customer base is rapidly expanding in the Northwest region and our new Bellevue Square store will provide customers with increased convenience and accessibility to our products and services."

The Bellevue store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store manager is Randy Skaja.

The grand opening brings the total number of Verizon Wireless stores in the Seattle-metro area to 12, employing nearly 100 people.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 million paging 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 32,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter/index.shtml

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