News Release

VERIZON WIRELESS CONTINUES AGGRESSIVE EXPANSION OF NEW RETAIL LOCATIONS IN UTAH

Wireless Giant's Presence in Utah Brings More Than 1000 Jobs

June 24, 2001

Debra Havins
debra.havins@verizonwireless.com
303-694-8560

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — In response to the growing demand for wireless services in the area, Verizon Wireless, the country's largest wireless provider, has opened two new superstores and has announced plans to open two additional communications stores this year in Utah, bring the total number of Verizon Wireless retail locations to 12 throughout the state.

The two new stores are located in Midvale at 1082 E. Ft. Union Boulevard and in West Jordan at 7203 South Plaza Center Drive. In addition to the standard sales offerings, these 3000 square foot superstores will include areas for customer service transactions, with specially trained employees. Verizon Wireless now owns and operates 10 retail stores throughout the state and last March announced it would be moving its customer service call center to West Valley City this summer, bring more than 1000 jobs to the state.

"Demand for our wireless services is growing steadily," said Marni Walden, president of Verizon Wireless' Mountain Region. "Adding new stores to our existing company-owned retail locations will make shopping for our wireless products and services easier and more convenient for customers. And, they'll receive expert advice on purchasing a phone and calling plan from our specially-trained representatives."

Verizon Wireless' 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 MobileWeb,SM, Mobile MessengerSM and Mobile OfficeSM.

The stores also offer a full line of digital wireless phones and accessories in all price ranges, as well as hands-free car kits and headsets. In addition, Verizon Wireless offers customers high-quality service on the most extensive wireless network in the U.S. and a Worry Free GuaranteeSM that underscores the company's commitment to superior customer service.

"Our new stores will bring many benefits to customers and our expansion will have a positive economic impact in the communities where we're located," Walden said.

The Jordan Landing store is managed by Michael Shepherd and Layne Sanders is the manager of the Ft. Union location. Both stores are open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Verizon Wireless has 62 Communications Stores and Kiosks in the Mountain Region. Nationwide, the company operates 1,400 retail stores, the largest retail chain of wireless retail outlets in the country.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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