News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens First Retail Location in Fond du Lac With Kiosk at Forest Mall

Donation to Local Domestic Violence Program to Mark Grand Opening Celebration

October 31, 2001

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282

David Clevenger
david.clevenger@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4291

FOND DU LAC, WI — As part of its aggressive retail expansion plan for Wisconsin, Verizon Wireless will officially open its first retail location in Fond du Lac this weekend with a new communications kiosk at Forest Mall, 835 Johnson St.

The nation's largest wireless communications provider will host a "Grand Opening Celebration" from November 2-4 at the new location. The weekend will be highlighted by "wire cutting" ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 2.

Verizon Wireless now has 13 retail locations in Wisconsin.

"Our new kiosk will make it easier to do business with Verizon Wireless if you live in the Fond du Lac area," said Tracy Nolan, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "We have a rapidly expanding customer base in the area and it's imperative that we provide people who live in the community with increased convenience and accessibility to our products and services."

To underscore its commitment to the community, Verizon Wireless will mark the grand opening celebration with a donation of $500 to the St. Agnes Hospital Domestic Violence Program to aid local domestic violence prevention and victim support initiatives. Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, and this year alone, has donated more than $350,000 in monetary and other donations to domestic violence programs.

Don Meadows, manager of the new Fond du Lac kiosk, will present the check to Bardine Henning, domestic violence program advocate at St. Agnes, at the wire-cutting ceremony on November 2. Ambassadors from the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce will also be in attendance.

"On behalf of St. Agnes, I'd like to thank Verizon Wireless for its support and contribution to our very meaningful program," said Henning. "We appreciate Verizon Wireless' generosity and welcome the company to the Fond du Lac community."

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 5185i 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 plan of $35 or more.

As part of the grand opening celebration, customers can receive a 20% discount on all safety accessories, such as ear buds and headsets, from November 2-4 at any Verizon Wireless communications store in Wisconsin.

The Verizon Wireless Fond du Lac kiosk is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store's phone number is 920-924-5744.

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 and GTE Wireless. 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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