News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Retail Locations in Bay Area

April 4, 2001

April Sands
april.sands@verizonwireless.com
925-904-3712

SAN RAMON, CA — In response to the growing demand for wireless communications products, Verizon Wireless is unveiling four retail stores and four retail kiosks in the Bay Area. The stores are located in Livermore, Antioch, Oakland and San Francisco, and the kiosks are located in Hayward, Pleasant Hill, Livermore and Pleasanton. Verizon Wireless now owns and operates 29 retail stores and kiosk throughout the Bay Area.

"Today, more Americans rely on Verizon Wireless for their wireless communication needs than any other company," said Keith Ard, Director of Retail Stores. "We have so much to offer at prices for all budgets. We're opening new locations to make it convenient and easy for people to stop in, browse the latest products and services, and choose Verizon Wireless."

Verizon Wireless Communications retail stores offer a premier line of digital wireless phones, data products and hands-free calling accessories. Customers can check out the latest wireless Internet and two-way text messaging services, including Mobile Web, Mobile Messenger and Mobile Office, as well as a variety of phones in all price ranges, such as the Motorola 2260 with changeable color phone covers ($39.99 - two-year service activation required) to the Verizon Wireless web ready, Palm-powered Smartphone from Kyocera ($499.99 - one-year service activation required).

The store addresses and hours of operation are as follows:

Verizon Wireless - Antioch
2741 Hillcrest Ave.
Antioch, Ca. 94509
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.;Sat 10 a.m to 6 p.m.; Sun Noon to 5 p.m.

Verizon Wireless - Oakland located in the Kaiser building
344 20th St.
Oakland, Ca. 94612
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Sun

Verizon Wireless - Livermore in the Arroyo Plaza
2428 Las Positas Blvd.
Livermore, Ca. 94550.
Mon-Fri 9 a.m to 7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Verizon Wireless - San Francisco at the corner of Harrison & 2nd St.
600 Harrison St.,
San Francisco, Ca. 94107
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Verizon Wireless - Hayward in the Hutch's Car Wash
1367 A St.
Hayward, Ca. 94541
Wed-Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

The Verizon Wireless kiosk locations at Safeway are at 1978 Contra Costa Blvd, in Pleasant Hill, 4495 First St. in Livermore and 1701 Santa Rita Rd in Pleasanton. The hours for the kiosks in Safeway are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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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