News Release

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

October 26, 2006

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

Erin Nelson/JDPR
erinn@jdpr.com
864-233-3776, ext. 17

PINEVILLE, NC — In response to growing demand for the company's voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has opened a full-service communications store in Pineville, NC. Verizon Wireless kicks-off the official grand opening on October 28 — November 4, 2006. The new Pineville Verizon Wireless store, located at 9813 South Boulevard, Suite 101, in the Carolina Pavilion, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 1, 3 p.m. with Pineville city and chamber representatives.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new Pineville store, Verizon Wireless is offering customers a chance to win a Jeff Gordon Racing School driving experience in Concord, North Carolina. The winner will drive an authentic, Nextel Cup car around the same super speedways the pros drive. Verizon Wireless customers can register to win the Jeff Gordon Racing School Experience by registering at the new Verizon Wireless store between October 28 — November 4.

On November 1, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon's official racing school car will be in the store parking lot from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The new Pineville 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.

In honor of Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program— a program long dedicated to putting wireless products to work to end domestic violence— Verizon Wireless will donate $1,000 to United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women, a local shelter that offers counseling, residential services and support groups for victims of domestic violence. The check presentation will take place in conjunction with the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 1, 3 p.m.

Store hours for the new Pineville store are Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon — 6:00 p.m. Store manager Julian Luke will lead the Pineville sales team, and the store phone number is 704.552.8396.

Customers can also visit these Verizon Wireless retail outlets in the Charlotte area:

BJ's Pineville
11715 Carolina Place Pkwy
Pineville, NC 28134

Carolina Place Mall
11025 Carolina Place Pkwy Unit 6A
Carolina Place Mall
Pineville, NC 28134

Circuit City South Boulevard
9563 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28273

Arboretum
8046 Providence Rd.
Suite B
Charlotte, NC 28277

ParkTowne Village
1630 E. Woodlawn Rd.
Suite 270
Charlotte, NC 28209

BJ's Charlotte
6030 E Independence Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28212

Matthews
9721 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC 28105

Circuit City Independence
2109 Matthews Township Parkway
Matthews, NC 28105

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, 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.

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.

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