News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening of New Communications Store in Kingston, New York

Company Donates 20 Wireless Phones to Family Domestic Violence Services To Benefit Local Domestic Violence Victims

February 4, 2004

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264

KINGSTON, 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 Kingston. The new store, located in Hudson Valley Mall, is open for business, and will hold its official grand opening on Saturday, February 7.

"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 ChoiceSM price plans, and our popular data services including NationalAccess, picture messaging, and two-way text messaging."

As part of the store's grand opening celebration, Verizon Wireless will donate 20 wireless phones to Family Domestic Violence Services to distribute 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 1 million wireless phones nationwide to benefit domestic violence victims.

The Kingston store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am — 9:30 pm, and Sunday from 11 am — 6 pm. The telephone number is (845) 336-0111. The store employs seven 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 37.5 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.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.

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