News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates New Easley Communications Store Opening

March 14, 2001

Meagan L. Bretches
meagan@erwinpenland.com
864-672-5560

Brian Crenshaw
bcrenshaw@carolinapr.com
704-374-9300

EASLEY, SC — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, today announced it will hold a celebration to mark the grand opening of its new communications store in Easley.

From Sunday, March 18 until Saturday, March 24, wireless customers in the Easley area are invited to visit the communications store, located at 5116 Calhoun Memorial Highway, to take advantage of giveaways and to register to win a digital phone. The store will also offer free wireless phone tune-ups, which include software testing, checking power levels and more.

On Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m., Easley Mayor Chris Christopherson and Bill Bassom, executive director of the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, will join Gigi Garmon, store manager, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. As part of the ceremony, Verizon Wireless will donate a digital phone to the Rape Crisis Council of Pickens County. The following day, Saturday, March 24, customers are invited to enjoy free food and beverages and several giveaways, with WFBC-FM broadcasting live from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

"We invite Easley-area residents to frequent our new location and enjoy all of the grand opening celebration activities we have planned for their benefit," said Garmon.

The new location offers the complete range of Verizon Wireless services including the popular SingleRatesm plans that offer one low rate with no roaming or long distance charges and a premier line of digital wireless phones and accessories. Mobile Web, the company's wireless Internet-access service, is also available. The service provides easy-to-use access to the Internet and the option to customize information delivered to the handset.

The new 4,200 square-foot communications store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. A staff of full-time professionals is on hand to help customers make decisions about calling plans and select phones and accessories, including headsets and hands-free devices featured on the communications store's "Safety Wall".

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data 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 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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