News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Store In Hazlet, New Jersey

Company's Fifth Retail Location in Monmouth County Opens For the Holidays

November 21, 2002

Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

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

HAZLET, NJ — Just in time for the holidays, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has opened a new store at 2996 Route 35 South in Hazlet. The company also owns and operates retail stores in Monmouth County at 310 Route 36 in West Long Branch, the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, the EpiCentre on Route 9 South in Manalapan and the Freehold Raceway Mall.

The new store is located on the corner of Route 35 South and Bethany Road in the Kmart Plaza, next to Hollywood Video. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Store hours will be extended for the holidays starting November 29, 2002.

"Demand for our wireless services continues to grow, as more people take advantage of national calling plans like America's ChoiceSM, our popular wireless data services like two-way text messaging and Express NetworkSM, and Family SharePlans which offer savings on additional lines for family members," said Store Manager Doug Donohue.

The Hazlet Communications Store is one of 66 retail locations Verizon Wireless owns and operates in the New York Metro area to make shopping for wireless products and services easier and more convenient for customers. In addition to building out its retail operations, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $8 billion during the past two years to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network, the largest in the U.S. More than $300 million of that investment was used last year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the New York Metro area.

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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