News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens Two New Massachusetts Locations

Expands Wireless Services Reach to Square One and North Shore Malls

August 21, 2005

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314Wendy Bulawa
For Verizon Wireless
617-851-3426

WOBURN, MA — In response to growing demand for the company's voice and data products and services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, announced the opening of two new stores north of Boston. The two kiosk-style locations have been opened in both the Square One Mall in Saugus, Mass., managed by Cyndi Hoffman, and the North Shore Mall in Peabody, Mass., to be managed by Micah Esposito.

Verizon Wireless currently operates more than 1,900 retail Communications Stores and kiosks nationwide. The New England region hosts nearly 100 company-owned points of distribution, including more than 60 locations from Maine to Connecticut and 30-plus Verizon Wireless Stores in Circuit City. Separate from the newly launched kiosk locations at the Square One and North Shore Malls, Verizon Wireless also operates stand alone retail stores in Saugus on Route 1, and in Peabody on Rt. 114, as well as Verizon Wireless stores in Circuit City in Danvers and Saugus.

"Demand for Verizon Wireless service has continued to grow this year as more people begin to leverage voice and data solutions such as TXT and Picture Messaging and Ringback Tones," said Dan Arute, Verizon Wireless's director of stores for Northern New England,. "Having convenient locations for our customers to purchase phones, plans and accessories has become as important as offering diverse plans for everyone-including our newly announced EasyPay option, which delivers wireless service without a long-term contract."

Interest in Verizon Wireless services continued during the second quarter of 2005 as the company added an industry record 1.9 million net new customers, and maintained its position as the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty, setting an industry record for customer retention and lowest turnover rate, as reported by the largest wireless providers. New services deployed in New England include BroadbandAccess, the industry's fastest and most widely available high-speed wireless network in the nation, operating at average speeds between 400 kbps - 700 kbps and V CAST, which delivers video clips and other multimedia services to wireless phones.

Store Hours and Location
The Square One Mall is located a1201 Broadway (Rt. 1) in Saugus. Store hours are M-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The North Shore Mall is located at 210 Andover Street in Peabody. Store hours are M-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 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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