News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Opening Of New Retail Store In Northwoods Mall

January 20, 2002

Meagan L. Bretches
meagan@erwinpenland.com
864-672-5560

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, today announced it is holding a celebration through Saturday, Jan. 26, to mark the grand opening of its new retail store in Northwoods Mall.

"Because it is easily accessible to wireless customers living in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties, North Charleston is the perfect location for our newest retail store," said Dominique Milton, district manager of stores for Verizon Wireless in South Carolina. "We hope wireless customers from all three counties will participate in and enjoy the grand opening activities, while acquiring a better understanding of Verizon Wireless and the superior products and services we have to offer."

Aside from the opportunity to register to win a digital phone, customers who visit the new 2,500-square-foot retail store will receive free activation, discounts on select accessories, and the chance to take advantage of special promotions, including 3,500 monthly airtime minutes for a $35 monthly access fee. In addition, free food and beverages will be available on Friday, Jan. 25, as Oldies 102.5/WXLY-FM broadcasts live from noon to 2 p.m.

The retail store, located at the food court entrance of Northwoods Mall, features a premier line of digital wireless phones, data products and hands-free calling accessories. It also offers customers the latest wireless Internet and two-way text messaging services, including Mobile Web™, Mobile MessengerSM and Mobile OfficeSM. The nation's first prepay service without a contract for both voice calls and short text messaging, known as [FREEUP], is also available to customers who wish to manage their wireless costs while having access to the latest in wireless technology.

With demand for these products and services on the rise, Verizon Wireless invested more than $115 million into network expansions and upgrades in the Carolinas in 2001. Verizon Wireless operates a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) network, considered one of the most reliable wireless platforms. Customers with questions are invited to visit with a staff of full-time professionals at the Northwoods Mall store Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Customers may also call the store at 843-569-7313.

Currently, Verizon Wireless has 48 retail stores serving the Carolinas.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the leading wireless communications provider in the U.S., with the largest wireless network and more than 29.4 million 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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