News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens First Retail Location in Ocean County

New Store Addresses County's Growing Demand for Wireless Services

July 22, 2001

Pam Boyd
pam@thomasboyd.com
856-642-6226

Sheldon Jones
sheldon.jones@verizonwireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)

TOMS RIVER, NJ — In response to growing demand for its wireless communications products and services, Verizon Wireless has opened its first Communications Store in Ocean County, in the Ocean County Mall near the food court.

This store opening is part of the company's extensive retail expansion plan which includes the opening of eight new stores throughout the Philadelphia Tri-State Region this year. Verizon Wireless now owns and operates 31 Communications Stores and kiosks in the Region.

"The demand for our voice and data wireless service is growing steadily," said Store Manager Bob Scalia. "This new location will make shopping for our products and services easier and more convenient for customers. Our wireless communications specialists will be on-hand to provide customers with expert advice on purchasing a phone or a calling plan that best fits their specific needs."

The store is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The new store features a wide variety of wireless products and services, including a premier line of price plans, digital wireless phones, data products and hands-free calling accessories. Customers can check out the latest Internet and two-way text messaging services, including Mobile Web, Mobile MessengerSM and Mobile Office. The store also offers a variety of phones in all price ranges, from the Audiovox CDM 135 priced at $29.99 (with a two-year agreement) to the Verizon Wireless web-ready, Palm®-powered Kyocera 6035 Smartphone ($499.99 with a one-year agreement) to the Motorola V120c digital phone ($69.99 with two-year contract and $89.99 with one-year contract) with optional FM radio headset.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 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 97 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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