News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Kiosk in Escondido

December 16, 2001

Andrew Colley
andrew.colley@verizonwireless.com
949-286-8194

ESCONDIDO, CA — What:
Verizon Wireless announces the addition of a new retail kiosk in Escondido. Located in the North County Fair shopping center, the kiosk will open for business on Friday, Dec. 21. Steve Gossett will serve as manager. Verizon Wireless now owns and operates 81 retail stores and kiosks throughout Southern California.

When:
Friday, Dec. 21, 2001

Store Hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where:
North County Fair, 272 E. Via Rancho Pkwy., Space 9030
Escondido, CA 92025
(at the corner of Via Rancho Pkwy. and 15 Fwy.)

Current Verizon Wireless Promotions

Verizon Wireless' Escondido retail kiosk is offering a sack full of savings to new and existing customers this holiday season. Until Jan. 31, 2002, the nation's largest wireless carrier is making it easier than ever to give the gift of wireless. Offers range from new wireless phones and accessories to bonus minutes and unlimited text messaging service. From stocking stuffer-sized gifts to [FREEUP], the latest pre-paid wireless service offering.

About Verizon Wireless Communications Stores

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 Mobile Web™, Mobile MessengerSM and Mobile Office. The stores also offer a variety of phones in all price ranges, from the Ericsson A1228c with a web browser and two-way text messaging capability (available for free after $29.99 mail-in rebate) to the Verizon Wireless web-ready, Palm-powered Smartphone from Kyocera ($349.99 after manufacturer's $50 rebate). One- or two-year service activation required for each phone.

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). 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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