News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds Southern California Retail Chain La Curacao To Roster Of Sales Locations

Agreement Creates a New Wireless Shopping Option for Latino Consumers

April 17, 2005

Carlos Giron
Carlos.Giron@VerizonWireless.com
949-286-8194

IRVINE, CA — Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, announced the addition of La Curacao, a Los Angeles based retail chain specializing in serving Latino consumers, to its roster of indirect distributors. Verizon Wireless is now offering its full array of wireless products and services in all five La Curacao retail outlets located in Southern California.

"We are very excited about adding La Curacao to our expanding list of indirect distributors," said Verizon Wireless Southern California President Marni Walden. "La Curacao's long track record of effectively serving Latino consumers will help us market our services more effectively to this continually growing and vitally important segment of our customer base."

Verizon Wireless is offering its comprehensive range of calling plans including "North America's Choice" --allowing subscribers to use their wireless service in Mexico without incurring roaming charges-- in all five La Curacao outlets located in Lynwood, Huntington Park, Panorama City, Southgate and Los Angeles.

"We are thrilled to be able to work with the leading wireless communications company in the United States," said La Curacao President Ron Azarkman. "Our valued customers will appreciate the reliability of the Verizon Wireless network and its wide array of services specifically designed to meet the needs of Latino consumers. Like Verizon Wireless, we at La Curacao, do all we can to make our Latino customers feel at home and to meet or exceed their expectations. This is a great fit and a win-win situation for both companies."

La Curacao consumers can also activate service on INpulseSM, a new Verizon Wireless' calling plan that includes Unlimited IN Calling to any Verizon Wireless customer, plus Unlimited Night Minutes, and $0.10 per minute for all other domestic calls from the Inpulse Coverage Area. All for only $0.99 a day with no long-term contract, monthly bills or credit checks.

Verizon Wireless products and services are also available nationwide in more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, and at participating Best Buy, Circuit City and RadioShack locations. Alternatively, consumers can also shop by phone by dialing 1-800-2 JOIN IN.

Verizon Wireless offers a wide array of services and resources to customers who prefer Spanish, including "Mi Cuenta," a Spanish version of its popular online account management tool and a Spanish language Web site: www.verizonwireless.com/espanol.  

Verizon Wireless also offers products and services specifically designed for Spanish-speaking customers.

For example, Get It Now®, Verizon Wireless' virtual store, offers a wide variety of Latin music ring tones, including:

  • Univision's exclusive suite "Melodías," features constantly updated polyphonic ring tones from hot Latin artists like Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Daddy Yankee and Julieta Venegas.
  • Modtone's "Latin Garage" adds to the variety of polyphonic ring tones available with its compilation based on songs from artists like Vicente Fernandez, Maná and Elvis Crespo.

Verizon Wireless also offers Spanish directory assistance (411) and Spanish language voice mail is available throughout many parts of the country. Spanish-speaking customer service representatives can be reached by dialing 1-800-256-4646 and customers can choose to receive their monthly bill in Spanish.

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 receive 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.  

About La Curacao
Established in 1981, La Curacao has grown into the largest retail services company exclusively targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the company owns and operates 5 stores in the Southern California area. The company's slogan: "Un poco de su país" ("A little of your country") reflects their commitment to make Latino consumers feel at home. To learn more please visit: www.lacuracao.com.  

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