News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Communications Store In Goldsboro, North Carolina

Mayor And Chamber Representatives To Attend Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony On May 16th Recognizing Verizon Wireless' New Wireless Service and Commitment to the Community

May 14, 2006

Carly Culbertson
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com  
864-987-2006

Robin Blackwood
robinb@jdpr.com  
864-233-3776, ext. 20

GOLDSBORO, NC — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, kicks-off the official grand opening of the company's newest store in Goldsboro, NC, May 14th-20th, 2006. The new Goldsboro Verizon Wireless store, located at 1202 North Berkeley Blvd., will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 16th at 12 p.m. with Goldsboro's city and chamber representatives. This location is the first Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Goldsboro since the company launched service last month in Goldsboro and several other eastern North Carolina markets.

The new store features the full range of Verizon Wireless products and services and is fully staffed for customer service and technical support, allowing customers to speak with Verizon Wireless' highly trained representatives about all their wireless needs.

The new store also features:

  • A top-of-the-line self-service center with bill payment kiosk
  • An informational video displayed on an LCD screen provides customers with information on the latest handsets and accessories, the Verizon Wireless network, wireless tips, roadside assistance, customer service, account management options and much more.

To show Verizon Wireless' commitment to the communities where our customers and employees live and work, Verizon Wireless will recognize the recent donation of $5,000 from the company's HopeLine® program to The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. With this donation, Verizon Wireless is making it possible to develop, print and distribute Domestic Violence "Best Practices" manuals that provide domestic violence agencies across the state with a tool to train new advocates.

"We are incredibly grateful for Verizon Wireless' continued support of the NCCADV," says Mary Beth Loucks-Sorrell, Executive Director of the NCCADV. "The 'Best Practices' manual allows us to offer the same level of services and have consistency when training new advocates, including our Wayne County service provider."

"Verizon Wireless is proud to be a part of this great community, and we want to go beyond providing our customers with the most reliable wireless network and quality customer service," said Goldsboro Store manager Christal Adams. "We are also committed to help fight domestic abuse, and we are excited to support the NCCADV on this project."

Verizon Wireless is also offering customers one month of free access on calling plans of $59.99 and higher and waived activation fees during the weeklong grand opening celebration. WNCT-FM will be broadcasting live on Tuesday, May 16, from 12-2 p.m. Store visitors can register to win an LG VX9800 handset, a retail value of $369.99, throughout the weeklong celebration.

Store hours for the new Goldsboro store are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Store manager Christal Adams will lead the Goldsboro sales team, and the store phone number is 919-751-0511.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 53 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 http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About HopeLine®
HopeLine is a phone-recycling program exclusive to Verizon Wireless that uses wireless services and equipment to assist victims of domestic violence. HopeLine collects used wireless phones, regardless of carrier, make, model or technology. The used phones will be refurbished and recycled or sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds from the sale of any donated phone to fund non-profit agencies and to purchase wireless phones for victims of domestic violence. Older, unsalvageable phones are disposed of through an EPA-certified salvage company.

About The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) is a community of agencies and individuals who serve battered women and their children is committed to building a society in which our shared beliefs and institutions discourage violence against women. NCCADV was founded in 1981 with 21 participating programs and now includes over 90 member programs. Areas of support to member programs include technical assistance, training, information about public policy initiatives, and activities to increase public awareness activities.

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