News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New 'Store-Within-A-Store' At BJ's Wholesale Club In Linden, New Jersey

December 1, 2005

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Lynette Viviani
lynette.viviani@vivianipr.com
973-283-9228

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Verizon Wireless has expanded its retail presence with the addition of a new store in BJ's Wholesale Club located at 1001 E. Edgar Road off Routes 1 & 9 in Linden, New Jersey. The 'store-within-a-store' concept provides BJ's customers with easy access to the latest wireless phones, devices and accessories, plus a variety of service plans on the nation's most reliable wireless network.

Part of the company's new relationship with BJ's, the Linden store is one of 20 Verizon Wireless kiosks in BJ's locations throughout the New York Metro area which will result in the creation of more than 100 new retail sales and management jobs locally. Nationwide, Verizon Wireless will open kiosks in 128 BJ's Clubs creating more than 600 new jobs.

The new Verizon Wireless store in BJ's Wholesale Club in Linden is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Store hours may be extended for holiday shopping.

"Today's busy lifestyles require all of us to combine errands and shopping trips whenever possible," said Charles Hand, Verizon Wireless New York Metro region president. "Our new BJ's locations are an important part of our effort to meet our customers where they shop. By placing Verizon Wireless employees in BJ's locations, customers get added convenience and assistance from the best wireless salespeople in the industry."

BJ's members will be able to take advantage of the same convenient services available at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including account look-up and bill payments. Verizon Wireless will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the BJ's kiosks, including hiring, inventory, displays and any interior or exterior signage. BJ's members can expect the same high quality products and services they would receive in a standalone Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the third quarter as the company added 1.9 million net new customers, the largest customer growth in the industry. Verizon Wireless now serves 49.3 million customers nationwide.

Every year since its launch, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $4 billion annually to maintain and expand its nationwide network. In the New York Metro area, Verizon Wireless continues to invest in its wireless network to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and date services, like two-way TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, BroadbandAccess and the new V CAST multimedia service which allows customers to view more than 300 crystal clear video clips daily from the hottest names in entertainment, news, sports and more in the palms of their hands.

Including the new BJ's locations, Verizon Wireless now owns and operates more than 120 retail outlets in the New York Metro area.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, please visit www.verizonwireless.com or call 1-800-2 JOIN IN.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless 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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