News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Red Mill Commons Store

October 17, 2001

John Johnson
john.h.johnson@verizonwireless.com
240-568-1429

Gena Reeder
804-343-5052

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, today announced the opening of its store in Red Mill Commons in Virginia Beach in response to growing demand for the company's wireless voice and data products and services in the area.

Verizon Wireless now owns and operates 25 retail stores and kiosks throughout Virginia.

"The demand for our digital wireless service is growing rapidly," said Ed White, Verizon Wireless district manager for store sales and operations. "Customers who visit our retail locations receive personalized attention from wireless communications experts on products and calling plans that best meet their specific needs."

The store is located at 1157 Nimmo Parkway, Suite 108 in Virginia Beach. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5. According to store manager Tina Mundy, the store will hold its official grand opening the weekend of Nov. 3 and 4.

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 MobileWebSM, Mobile Messenger and Mobile Office. The stores also offer a variety of phones in all price ranges. For a limited time, buy one Nokia 5185 and get up to three more free with a qualifying plan. In addition, receive an additional 3000 night and weekend home airtime minutes for life with any Family Share or Single Rate East plan of $35 or more.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 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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