News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Store In Bensonhurst, New York

Company's Fourth Retail Location Opens in Brooklyn

February 4, 2004

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

BROOKLYN, NY — In response to the growing demand for the company's products and services, Verizon Wireless has opened its newest Communications Store in Bensonhurst. The company also owns and operates three other stores in Brooklyn in Bay Ridge, at Kings Plaza Mall and downtown on Montague St.

Located at 2141 86th Street, between Bay Parkway and 21st Avenue, next to Joyce Leslie, the new store is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The company continues to expand its retail presence to meet the growing demand for its wireless products and services, and to make wireless shopping more convenient for customers. In 2003, Verizon Wireless added 5 million net new customers and now serves 37.5 million customers nationwide. In addition, now that customers are able to switch carriers and keep their wireless numbers, the company expects demand to continue.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless because they want service on the nation's largest, most reliable wireless network," said store manager Jose Cuevas. "They know the value of wireless service you can count on."

Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $1 billion in its wireless network during the past three years in the New York Metro area to double capacity to handle calls and to make available wireless data services such as picture messaging, text messaging, high speed Internet connections through NationalAccess, formerly called Express Network®, and Get It Now® service which offers downloadable ring tones and games.

The Bensonhurst Communications Store is one of 69 retail locations Verizon Wireless owns and operates in the New York Metro area. A grand opening celebration is planned for March.

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.

####