News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens First Communications Store In Valparaiso, Indiana

October 1, 2006

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger1@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282Shannon King
For Verizon Wireless
sking@bjmpr.com  
317-631-6400

VALPARAISO, IN — Verizon Wireless has announced the opening of its first Communications Store in Valparaiso. The 3,000-square-foot store brings to local consumers the hottest wireless phones and newest technology operating on the nation's most reliable network, and includes separate sales and customer service areas to better serve customers.

The store is located in the Shoppes of Valparaiso at 2505 LaPorte Avenue.

"This new store reflects our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with increased convenience, an accessible, knowledgeable sales staff and our latest wireless devices," said T.J. Fox, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Demand for our wireless products and new, sophisticated services continue to grow as more consumers take advantage of our recent network expansion in this area."

Continued Fox, "With this new store, we offer customers in the community the very latest wireless communications technology in a modern, well-equipped, customer-friendly environment. Our local sales team delivers a high level of customer support and provides a broad range of equipment and service plans to suit every need, all backed by our Worry Free Guarantee®."

The staff at the new Verizon Wireless store in Valparaiso includes seven area residents:

  • Nick Brownfield — store manager, a resident of Crown Point
  • Michael Handel — assistant store manager, of Merrillville
  • Lesette Flores — retail sales representative, of Portage
  • Kristen Levan — retail sales representative, of Hobart
  • Alan Timmerman — retail sales representative, of Hobart
  • Curtis Smith — customer service representative, of Portage.

The Valparaiso store, one of more than 45 company-owned Communications Stores and kiosks in Indiana, is open Monday though Friday from 9 a.m. — 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. — 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m. The store's phone number is 219-531-9029.

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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