News Release

Can You Hear Me Now? Good. Verizon Wireless Opens New Communications Store In Canton, GA

Grand Opening Highlights include Cherokee Family Violence Center Donation and Safe Driving Event for local teens

October 24, 2004

Caran Smith
Caran.Smith@verizonwireless.com
678-339-4891

CANTON, GA — Verizon Wireless, America's best, most reliable wireless network, announces the opening of its newest location in Georgia. The new store, located in Canton at 1548 Riverstone Parkway, is open for business and will hold its official grand opening ceremony on Thursday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m.

The company continues to expand its retail presence to meet the growing demand for wireless products and services and to make wireless shopping more convenient for customers.

"This expansion represents our ongoing commitment to provide our growing Georgia customer base with increased convenience and an accessible, knowledgeable sales staff," said Dean Taylor, director — retail sales, Georgia/Alabama.

As part of the store's grand opening celebration, Verizon Wireless will donate $500 to Cherokee Family Violence Center. The donation is provided through HopeLineSM — Verizon Wireless' exclusive nationwide phone recycling program that 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.

The Safe America Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to community and family safety, will also help celebrate the Verizon Wireless grand opening event. To help teach Canton-area teenagers safe driving techniques, the organization will supply onsite driving simulators, providing an opportunity for teens to "drive" on wet and icy roads, in fog or at night. Instruction is free and will include training in skills of braking, vehicle control and avoiding distractions. Safe America Foundation will be at the new Verizon Wireless location Saturday, November 13, 12:00 — 3:00 pm. All Canton-area teens are encouraged to attend.

The Canton store is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am — 8:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am — 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12 pm — 5 pm. The telephone number is (770) 479-4005. Verizon Wireless Communications Stores offer a premier line of digital wireless phones in all price ranges, data services and accessories. The Canton Communications Store is one of 54 Verizon Wireless retail locations in Georgia.

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 40.4 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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