News Release

Verizon Wireless Names Bill Hoedt Manager for Garland, Texas, Communications Store

March 23, 2004

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
817-258-1980Jason Genthner
Golin/Harris International for Verizon Wireless
jgenthner@golinharris.com
972-308-9117

GARLAND, TX — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, has named Bill Hoedt manager for its Garland Communications Store, located at 5255 North George Bush Highway. Hoedt will be responsible for customer service, sales and merchandising, managing and training store team members, and implementing marketing initiatives for Verizon Wireless and its products.

"With his wireless experience and proven sales success, we are confident Bill will do a tremendous job in leading the new Garland store," said Bill McKinney, director of retail sales for Verizon Wireless.

Hoedt has more than 12 years of sales and human resource experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently, Hoedt served as a store manager for Nextel Communications, where he was responsible for maintaining store operations and inventory control systems for two stores. Earlier in his career, he worked for AT&T Wireless, i2 Technologies and Dr. Pepper/Seven Up. Hoedt earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Garland is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the store at (972) 414-3094.

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/verizonwireless.

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