News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Communications Store In New York's Wilton Mall

Company Donates 12 Wireless Phones to Equinox To Benefit Local Domestic Violence Victims

September 19, 2002

John O'Malley
john.omalley@verizonwireless.com
716-321-7264

ALBANY, NY — In response to growing demand for the company's voice and data services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has opened a new Communications Store in Saratoga Springs. The new Wilton Mall store, located at 3065 Route 50, is open for business, and will hold its official grand opening on September 20 and 21.

"This expansion represents our commitment to provide our customers with increased convenience and an accessible, knowledgeable sales staff," said Keith Slater, director of Communication Stores for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York region. "Demand for our wireless services continues to grow as more people take advantage of our America's Choice price plans, and our popular data services including Express NetworkSM, MobileWebSM and two-way text messaging."

As part of the store's grand opening celebration, Verizon Wireless will donate 12 wireless phones to Equinox for distribution to local domestic violence victims for use in emergencies or life-threatening situations. The phones are provided through HopeLineSM - Verizon Wireless' exclusive nationwide phone recycling program. The HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups, and provides an environmentally safe method for recycling phones. No longer used phones are collected, and either recycled or sold for parts, with wireless phones and/or monetary donations benefiting domestic violence agencies and victims. Since 1995, the company has collected more than 500,000 wireless phones nationwide to benefit domestic violence victims.

The Wilton Mall store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 9:30 pm, and Sunday from 11 am - 6 pm. The telephone number is (518) 691-2800. The store will employ 10 people. Verizon Wireless Communications Stores offer a premier line of digital wireless phones in all price ranges, data services and accessories.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 30.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

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