News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens Retail Store in Waco, Texas With Ceremonial "Wire" Cutting

Local Art Contest and Donation Demonstrates Commitment to Community

June 6, 2004

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
817-258-1980Jannie Luong
Golin/Harris for Verizon Wireless
jluong@golinharris.com
972-308-9128

WACO, TX — In response to growing demand for the company's products and services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, has opened its newest Communications Store in Waco at Central Texas Marketplace. Verizon Wireless also operates a kiosk in Waco at Richland Mall.

Waco Mayor Mae Jackson, members of the Waco Chamber of Commerce and Maggie Vaught, manager of Verizon Wireless' Communication Store, will conduct a ceremonial "wire" cutting at the grand opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

To celebrate the new store, middle school students from the Waco Independent School District created artwork that captures their vision of a wireless world. Art will be on display at the Communications Store through June 10 and the public is invited to come to the store to vote for the winner between June 3 and 6. The grand prize winner, chosen by public voters, will be announced at the grand opening ceremony and will be awarded a scholarship gift, including lessons from the Waco Art Center and art supplies.

"We are committed to providing increased convenience and an accessible, knowledgeable sales staff to our rapidly growing customers in Waco," said Gary Riding, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Customers choose Verizon Wireless because they want service on the nation's largest, most reliable wireless network."

As part of its grand opening, Verizon Wireless will donate $1,500 to the Family Abuse Center, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in Waco and the surrounding communities.

"Verizon Wireless' local support means a lot to both us and the community," said Deidra Simmons, executive director, Family Abuse Center. "Their contribution and commitment will help us continue to support local individuals and families that have experienced domestic violence, and serve a resource for the local community through local events and programs."

The new Verizon Wireless Communications Store, located at 2812 Market Place Drive, Suite H-12, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Contact the store at (254) 399-8948. Verizon Wireless customers will receive a 25 percent discount on accessories and free activation with an annual service agreement when they shop at either the new store or the Richland Mall kiosk between June 6 and June 12. The Verizon Wireless kiosk is located in the center of Richland Mall.

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 40 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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