News Release

Hawaii Growth Spurs Ongoing Verizon Wireless Store And Jobs Expansion

85% Increase in Stores, 100% Increase in Jobs in Fours Years

March 16, 2006

Georgia Taylor
Georgia.Taylor@VerizonWireless.com
425-603-2894

Honolulu, HI — In response to Hawaii's growing demand for Verizon Wireless' products and services, the company will open two additional stores on Oahu in the next 60 days. The new stores, located in the Pearlridge Center and the Moanulua Shopping Center, follow fast on the heels of the recent grand opening of downtown Honolulu's store in the Executive Centre. With additional expansion planned, Verizon Wireless continues to seek talented local employees.

The new stores will be equipped with technical support, bill payment kiosks, and other features, in addition to the full array of Verizon Wireless' voice and data products like the Motorola RAZR and Palm Treo 700. The latest new stores will bring the total number of stores in the state to thirteen, and increase the company's sales force by more than 15 percent. The new positions will bring the total of employees working in the state to more than 180.

"Hawaii is an especially important market for us, given the high demand for the latest in wireless technology among residents and visitors. We have made large-scale investments in the state year after year, both in our network and in our employees. In the past four years alone, our network investment in Hawaii has exceeded $77 million and our workforce has increased 100 percent. We will continue to invest to provide a great customer experience with the most advanced capabilities," said Mark Yamauchi, Verizon Wireless sales director.

Individuals interested in job opportunities with Verizon Wireless in Hawaii can call 808-837-8870 or visit www.verizonwireless.com/careers. The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage; participation in the company's 401k program with dollar for dollar match up to six percent of salary; paid training; tuition reimbursement; an annual bonus program for non-sales employees; profit-sharing; and a long-term incentive program similar to stock options. "Verizon Wireless is a great place to work and we are looking forward to adding local skilled talent to our growing Verizon Wireless family in Hawaii," adds Yamauchi, whose own career at Verizon Wireless spans 14 years.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 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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