News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Store in Queens Center Mall in New York

Company's Third Retail Location Opens in Queens

April 15, 2004

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

ELMHURST, NY — In response to the growing demand for the company's products and services, Verizon Wireless has opened its newest Communications Store in Elmhurst. The company also owns and operates two other stores in Queens, in Forest Hills and Long Island City.

Located in the Queens Center Mall, on the first floor, near JC Penney, the new store is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 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 Richard Ukwuozo. "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 Elmhurst Communications Store is one of 71 retail locations Verizon Wireless owns and operates 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 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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