News Release

Houston's Largest Verizon Wireless Store in the Galleria Area

Full-Service, Flagship Wireless Facility

November 6, 2002

Macy Bodenhamer
macy.bodenhamer@verizonwireless.com
281-876-5227

Natalie Hoover
For Verizon Wireless
713-267-7279

HOUSTON, TX — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, opened its largest Houston-area retail store located at Post Oak and San Felipe in the internationally recognized Galleria shopping district in the Uptown area. In 2002, the company will open 22 total stores in the Houston/Gulf Coast Region, with the Uptown store standing out as the largest.

"Verizon Wireless has experienced incredible growth this year, as exemplified by our 22 store openings," said Katherine Greene, Houston/Gulf Coast region president of Verizon Wireless. "The flagship Galleria-area store offers customers a full-service facility where they can sign up for service, visit with on-site technical experts and have questions answered by customer service specialists."

Covering 4,035 square feet and located in the heart of the Uptown Galleria area, the store offers the most exclusive products and services from Verizon Wireless. Houstonians can try out the newest wireless features, experience the Internet live wirelessly at next-generation speeds and participate in interactive demonstrations on high-tech wireless handheld PDAs.

"At Houston's premier store, we will carry the latest and most exclusive color handsets, data products and enhanced wireless services," said Rick Ostroff, Verizon Wireless retail manager. "Our full-service facility is equipped with a helpful staff to meet the needs of new and existing customers."

The store, located at 1670 Post Oak, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The store number is 713-960-8585.

Verizon Wireless was the first carrier to launch the fastest national high-speed wireless data network, Express NetworkSM, both locally and nationally. Express Network is available to customers at the new Galleria-area store and offers wireless Internet access speeds ranging from 40 kbps to 60 kbps (dial-up modem speeds) with data speeds capable of 144 kbps (approaching DSL speeds).

Verizon Wireless now offers a special wireless plan just for Texans - local customers enjoy no roaming or long distance anywhere in the state on new Texas-size local plans with the largest, most advanced digital network in Texas and in the entire U.S. Texas is the only state in the country where Verizon Wireless offers this value to its customers.

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 31.5 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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