News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens Communications Store Serving The Lakeline, Texas, Area With Ceremonial "Wire" Cutting

Ceremony Will Include Check Presentation To Local Domestic Violence Organization, Williamson County Crisis Center

March 22, 2005

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
972-444-5515

AUSTIN, TX — In response to growing demand for the company's products and services, Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable network, today announced the grand opening of a new retail store in Austin serving residents of North Austin, Cedar Park and Leander. Located on U.S. Highway 183 North between Super Target and Home Depot, the new store is now open and assisting customers and will hold its official grand opening on Tuesday, March 29 at noon with a "wire" cutting ceremony conducted by the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce.

"Our newest location in the Shops at Walden Park represents continued growth in the Austin area and our commitment to providing customers the highest level of customer service," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "The new store provides the local community with convenient access to the latest wireless products and services and an accessible, knowledgeable sales staff."

As part of the grand opening, Verizon Wireless will donate $1,500 to the Williamson County Crisis Center.

"The donation from Verizon Wireless is crucial to our success in empowering victims of domestic violence and sexual assault," said Patty Conner of Williamson County Crisis Center. "Verizon Wireless' support will help to promote community awareness, compassion and responsibility for creating a safer community."

The new store features a variety of popular voice and data services including V CAST, a true 3G service bringing streaming video content to the phone, TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, BroadbandAccess high-speed wireless Internet access and Get It Now® ring tones, games, productivity applications and more.

The new Verizon Wireless Communications Store is located at 14005-B North US Hwy. 183, Suite #100 in Austin and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Contact Jason Wampler, store manager, at (512) 249-6038.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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