News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Communications Store in Oneonta, New York

Company to Donate 20 Wireless Phones to Opportunities for Otsego to Benefit Local Domestic Violence Victims

August 16, 2006

John O'Malley
john.omalley@verizonwireless.com
585-321-7264 or 585-261-5899

Meredith Dropkin
meredithd@mragroup.com
315-233-3000

ONEONTA, NY — In response to growing demand for the company's voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has opened its first full-service Communications Store in Oneonta. The new store employs 14 people and has been designed to make wireless shopping more convenient for new customers and to provide current customers with greater access to customer and technical support services.

Located at 762 Route 28, the new store is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am — 9:30 pm, and Sunday from 11 am — 6 pm. The telephone number is (607) 441-7394.

As part of the store's grand opening celebration, Verizon Wireless will donate 20 wireless phones to Opportunities for Otsego to distribute to local domestic violence victims for use in emergencies or life-threatening situations. The phones are provided through HopeLine® — Verizon Wireless' exclusive nationwide phone recycling program. Marking its 11th year in 2006, the HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups, and provides an environmentally safe method for recycling phones.

No longer used phones are collected and either recycled or sold for parts, with wireless phones and/or monetary donations benefiting domestic violence agencies and victims. Since the HopeLine phone recycling efforts began in 2001, consumers have donated nearly three million phones to HopeLine and more than 600,000 phones have been recycled.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $30 billion — on average, $5 billion every year since the company was formed six years ago — to increase coverage and capacity, and to offer customers the most reliable service available in the nation, including wireless data services such as Picture Messaging, TXT Messaging, and wireless Internet access. NationalAccess, the company's national high-speed wireless data network, provides wireless Internet access at speeds between 60 and 80 kbps, with bursts up to 144 kbps.

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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