News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Retail Distribution In Maine

Ten MC Wireless, Wireless Explosion and Wireless Zone Locations to Feature Verizon Wireless Products and Services

November 15, 2006

Mike Murphy
Michael.Murphy@VerizonWireless.com
781-932-1213Wendy Bulawa
617-851-3426

WOBURN, MA — In response to growing demand for the company's products and services, Verizon Wireless today announced the addition of three new authorized retailers representing 10 new locations throughout Maine. Through relationships with MC Wireless, Wireless Explosion and Wireless Zone, Verizon Wireless has expanded its retail presence across the Pine Tree State to reach customers in Auburn, Bangor, Gardiner, Sanford and Waterville.

"Customers in these counties now have the convenience to shop for wireless products and services, pay bills, and receive technical support at 10 new Verizon Wireless authorized agent locations," said Bob Stott, New England Region president, Verizon Wireless. "We've built over 70 new cell sites across Maine this year to increase network coverage, and with the addition of these retailers, we're aiming to make our customer's shopping experience even more convenient."

New Agents Now Open for Verizon Wireless Business in Maine

Wireless Zone, headquartered in Middletown, Connecticut, operates 276 stores along the East Coast and is the largest independent dealer for Verizon Wireless products and services. Wireless Zone recently opened a new Bangor location (570 Stillwater Avenue), and has plans to open additional locations in Topsham and Brewer by the end of 2006. The company currently has stores in Augusta, Biddeford, and Portland. More information about Wireless Zone and its locations can be found at www.wirelesszone.com.

MC Wireless, an agent located exclusively in Maine, has as its mission to offer the highest quality telephone products and services, with a focused eye on personalized and professional customer service. The company operates eight locations across the Pine Tree State and employs a staff of more than 25 team members. Verizon Wireless customers can now purchase products and services through MC Wireless at any of the following locations:

  • Bangor (three locations) - 633 Stillwater Avenue (Mall and kiosk locations); 1 Central Avenue and 1129 Union Street
  • Auburn - 550 Center Street
  • Waterville - 251 Main Street

"MC Wireless has patiently awaited Verizon Wireless' expansion in Maine," said Russell Gillen, a 23-year veteran of the retail industry and founder of MC Wireless. "Verizon Wireless' rapid network build out within the last 15 months became the catalyst for our becoming a Verizon Wireless agent. We're very pleased to have secured our relationship with the nation's most reliable wireless network provider and will enjoy carrying their products at our locations." More information can be found on the company's web site at www.mcwireless.biz.

Additionally, Verizon Wireless has also expanded its relationship with Wireless Explosion. The company, founded in July 2005 and headquartered in Acton, Mass., operates three locations in Massachusetts, one in Connecticut, and now operates four locations in Maine including:

  • Gardiner — 35 Bridge Street
  • Sanford — 883 Main Street; Suite 6
  • Waterville — 251 Kennedy Memorial Drive
  • York — 470 US Route 1

"Verizon Wireless was the obvious choice to partner with given the strength of its brand," said Steve Robinson, managing partner of Wireless Explosion. "As an agent, we're excited to be an extension of a company that has made such an aggressive investment in the areas we serve, and one that delivers customer satisfaction, shopping convenience and wireless innovation-all of which mirror our own corporate mission."

More information about Wireless Explosion can be found on the company's website at www.wireless-explosion.com or by calling its Acton, Mass. headquarters at 978-266-1100.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company 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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