News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens Three Kiosks In Indiana At Simon Malls

Company Increases Retail Locations for Holiday Shoppers

December 17, 2000

Marilyn Shank
mshank@shankpr.com
317-293-5590

Jane Howard
jane.howard@verizonwireless.com
317-816-6442

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Verizon Wireless has signed an agreement with Simon Property Group, Inc. to open new kiosks at Lafayette Square in Indianapolis, College Mall in Bloomington, Ind., and the Muncie Mall in Muncie, Ind. Verizon Wireless added the three new kiosks so potential customers can more easily pick up additional phones and accessories without leaving the malls.

"Kiosks give Verizon Wireless the opportunity to reach a large number of customers by virtue of their design and location in high traffic areas of shopping centers," said Dan Mock, regional president, Indiana Region, Verizon Wireless.

"We know Hoosier shoppers are busy and have limited time to shop for wireless phones. In particular, people are buying wireless gifts for elderly parents and teen drivers this holiday season. Additionally, many of our customers are adding wireless phones under the family calling plan. Having Verizon Wireless products available in the malls will make shopping easier for these customers," said Mock.

A part of the success of wireless products from kiosks' sales can be attributed to the use of prepaid products in the wireless industry. Prepaid products, which require no contract, are usually purchased quickly at a convenient location.

Formerly known in Indiana as GTE Wireless, Verizon Wireless was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp., GTE Corp and Vodafone.

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 on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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