News Release

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

Committed to Community Safety, Company Offers Free Fingerprinting and Safe Driving Techniques for Teens

November 9, 2005

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

WOODSTOCK, GA — Verizon Wireless, which owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network serving 49.3 million customers, announces the opening of its newest location in Georgia. The new store, located in Woodstock at 121 Lauren Way, is open for business and will hold its official grand opening ceremony on Thursday, November 10 at 11 a.m. Representatives from the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Woodstock Police Department and The Safe America Foundation will share in the celebration.

Atlanta radio station WWWQ-FM "Q100" will broadcast live from Verizon Wireless Woodstock, November 8, 5—7 p.m. Atlanta Falcons Star Tight End Alge Crumpler will be onsite at the same time, November 8, 5—7 p.m., for a special meet and greet and autograph session with Verizon Wireless customers.

The Safe America Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to community and family safety, will also help commemorate the Verizon Wireless grand opening event. To help teach Cherokee County teenagers safe driving techniques, the organization will be onsite with 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. The Safe America Foundation will be at the new Verizon Wireless location Saturday, November 12, Noon—4 p.m. All area teens are encouraged to attend.

In addition, Verizon Wireless will host a children's fingerprinting session at the store, Noon—2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. In an effort to make area children safer, Verizon Wireless has partnered with the Woodstock Police Department to host the event. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the store to create and file a permanent record of their fingerprints. These records have been proven to save lives in the case of lost or kidnapped children.

Verizon Wireless customers with handsets capable of receiving text messages are encouraged to sign-up to receive AMBER AlertsTM on those handsets. They can opt-in by going to www.verizonwireless.com, and choosing "Send TXT Messages" from the Get It Now® drop-down menu, or by logging directly into www.vtext.com, Verizon Wireless' TXT Messaging site. After logging in, customers go to the Alerts page and choose the "News and Tech" category, then click on the Wireless AMBER Alert banner. They will then be prompted to enter a zip code for the state or geographical area for which they want to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts.

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 for Verizon Wireless.

The Verizon Wireless Communications Store at Woodstock is located at 121 Lauren Way, and the telephone number is (770) 957-6407. This location is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.—8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.—6 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon—5 p.m.

Verizon Wireless Communications Stores offer a premier line of digital wireless phones in all price ranges, data services and accessories. Grand opening specials include waived activation fees and a 25% discount on accessories. These specials last November 6-12, 2005 and will be honored at the new Woodstock location.

The Woodstock Communications Store is one of 78 Verizon Wireless retail locations in Georgia.

About SafeAmerica
The Safe America Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of injury and death with an emphasis on community and family safety. Other programs include WorldSafe, Operation Safe America, the Safest Kid in America competition, HomeSafe and Operation Baby Buckle which are made possible through corporate sponsors.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice network, serving 49.3 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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