News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Communications Store In Tyler

New State-of-the-Art Verizon Wireless Location Opens in Tyler

December 20, 2000

Lisa Lange
lisa.lange@verizonwireless.com
817-258-1283

DALLAS, TX — Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, Verizon Wireless has opened a new state-of-the-art Communications Store in Tyler, 3400 South Broadway Avenue, bringing to 32 the number of Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the North Texas area.

The new Communications Store features a variety of products and services, including the newly expanded Call TexasSM local calling plan. The Call TexasSM calling area encompasses Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Sherman/Denison, Waco, Gainesville, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley areas. Statewide toll-free calling from the service area is also incorporated in these plans.

"Our customer base is rapidly expanding in the North Texas region and our new Tyler store will provide customers with increased convenience and accessibility to our products and services," said Cindy Patterson, regional president for Verizon Wireless in North Texas.

To kick off the holiday season, Verizon Wireless has several great stocking-stuffers. Hot items from the "Safety Wall" feature hands-free devices, including headsets or ear-pieces, starting at $14.99. Verizon Wireless encourages the use of hands-free devices while driving and reminds everyone to drive responsibly and call with care this holiday season.

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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