News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens First Retail Location In Huntington

Company's Fourth Retail Location in Suffolk County

January 7, 2002

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

David Samberg
david.samberg@verizonwireless.com
845-365-7212

HUNTINGTON, 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 in the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington. Verizon Wireless now owns and operates four retail stores in Suffolk County.

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

Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Huntington Communications Store is one of 20 new retail locations Verizon Wireless opened in the last 12 months in the New York Metro area to make shopping for wireless products and services easier and more convenient for customers. The new stores created more than 300 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). 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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