News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Kiosk In Muncie Mall

Company Increases Retail Locations for Holiday Shoppers

December 17, 2000

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

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

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Verizon Wireless has signed an agreement with Simon Property Group, Inc. to open a new kiosk at the Muncie Mall. The new kiosk joins two others Verizon Wireless is opening this month in Indianapolis and Bloomington, Ind., 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.

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.

Photo Editors Note: The Verizon Wireless kiosk at the Muncie Mall is located in the L.S. Ayres wing in front of Lane Bryant open during mall hours. Holiday hours at the Muncie Mall are:

December 15 - 16 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
December 17 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
December 18 - 23 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
December 24 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Muncie Mall is at 3501North Granville Avenue and the administrative office phone number is 765-282-1276.

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