News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New 'Stores-Within-A-Store' At BJ's Wholesale Clubs In Buffalo, New York Area

December 5, 2005

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Meredith Dropkin
meredithd@mragroup.com  
315-233-3000

BUFFALO, NY — Verizon Wireless has expanded its local retail presence with the addition of three new stores in BJ's Wholesale Clubs in the Buffalo area. The new stores are located in the BJ's locations in Tonawanda, Williamsville and Hamburg. 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 Buffalo-area stores are three of 14 Verizon Wireless kiosks opening in BJ's locations throughout Upstate New York. The new kiosks will create 15 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 Buffalo-area Verizon Wireless stores in BJ's Wholesale Clubs are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. 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 Ken Dixon, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. "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 Upstate New York area, Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $500 million in its wireless network in the past three years to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services, including two-way TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, BroadbandAccess high-speed wireless broadband service with download speeds averaging 400 to 700 kilobits per second, 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 owns and operates 14 retail locations in the Buffalo area and 86 across Upstate New York.

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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