News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Store in Manhattan

Special Guest Appearances by Jets Stars John Abraham and Shaun Ellis

October 25, 2001

Lynette Viviani
vapr@inter-global.net
973-283-9228

NEW YORK, NY — In response to the growing demand for the company's voice and data products and services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has opened a new store located on East 86th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. Verizon Wireless now owns and operates eight retail stores and kiosks in Manhattan and 50 in the New York Metro area.

"Demand for our wireless services is growing steadily, as more people take advantage of digital calling plans like SingleRateSM East, our popular Mobile Web services, and [FREEUP], a prepaid wireless service designed for young adults," said Manny Muscat, store manager.

To celebrate the new store's opening, special guest appearances by New York Jets players John Abraham and Shaun Ellis are scheduled for Friday, November 2nd, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The players will be on hand to meet customers and sign autographs.

Store hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The 86th Street Communications Store is one of 12 new retail locations Verizon Wireless plans to open this year in the New York Metro area to make shopping for wireless products and services easier and more convenient for customers. The new stores also will create more than 150 sales and customer service positions as well as business opportunities for local construction, architectural and real estate firms.

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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