News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Communications Store In The Bronx, New York

July 30, 2006

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

ORANGEBURG, NY — In response to the growing demand for the company's voice and data products and services, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has opened its newest Communications Store in the Bay Plaza Shopping Center on Bartow Avenue in the Bronx.

The store is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store phone number is 718-671-2621.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Bay Plaza store, two of the area's hottest radio stations, Power 105.1 and La Kalle, will be broadcasting live from Verizon Wireless' newest location. Customers are invited to stop by the store on Friday, August 4, between 6 and 8 p.m. to enjoy the Hip Hop and R&B sounds of DJ Cherry Martinez. On Saturday, August 5, New York's official station for Reggaeton, La Kalle, will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. Grand opening activities will continue throughout the weekend with fun and games for the entire family.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless because they want service on the nation's most reliable wireless network," said Store Manager Christine Gomez. "Our new Bay Plaza store is staffed by knowledgeable wireless professionals who offer consumers a broad range of equipment and service plans including enhanced data services they can't get anywhere else."

Verizon Wireless has invested $2 billion to enhance its New York Metro area network and more than $30 billion across the nation in the past six years to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's services, like two-way TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging and V CAST service which brings TV, music and other multimedia services to wireless phones over the company's high speed broadband wireless network.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. BroadbandAccess service, now available in much of the New York Metro area and nationwide, provides customers with high-speed Internet access, access to corporate intranets and traditional e-mail functionality via laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

The Bay Plaza store also participates in the company's HopeLine® phone recycling program. HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones to be refurbished, recycled or sold; proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups or used to purchase wireless phones with airtime for use by victims. In addition to phones, service and voice mailboxes for victims, HopeLine includes funding for non-profit domestic violence organizations; community and corporate awareness initiatives; and a bilingual "Invest in Yourself" program designed to help prepare survivors to re-enter the workforce. For additional information, visit the HopeLine Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

The Bay Plaza Communications Store is the second to open in the Bronx and is one of 134 Verizon Wireless retail locations in the New York Metro area.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., 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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