News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Communications Store In Erie, Pennsylvania

Grand Opening Events Will Include Ribbon Cutting, Donation to SafeNet, Product Demonstrations, and More

September 12, 2007

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605Jeff Donaldson
jeff.donaldson@elias-savion.com
412-642-7700

ERIE, PA — To stay ahead of the growing demand for its products and services, Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, will officially celebrate the grand opening of its newest Communications Store in Erie with an array of activities on Saturday, September 15.

As part of the grand opening celebration, Verizon Wireless will make a $1,000 donation to SafeNet of Erie, a local organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence. Event activities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a radio remote broadcast with WRTS-FM and the kickoff of the Communication Store's special month-long phone drive to collect no-longer-used wireless handsets and accessories for the company's award-winning HopeLine® program. For every handset collected at the Erie store between September 15 and October 15, Verizon Wireless will contribute $5.00 to SafeNet.

In addition to the grand opening activities, consumers will have the opportunity to sample the latest in wireless technology including the MOTO Q music 9m, available exclusively through Verizon Wireless. This sleek device includes a dedicated multimedia interface that offers V CAST Music capabilities, and the productivity capabilities of its predecessor — the Motorola Q — in one thin black and red package.

"The opening of this new store demonstrates our commitment to provide our customers with increased convenience, an accessible, knowledgeable sales staff and our latest wireless devices," said Roger Tang, president — Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia region, Verizon Wireless. "Demand for our wireless products and services continues to grow as more consumers take advantage of our recent network expansion in this area."

The new 4,000-square-foot store is Verizon Wireless' second retail location in Erie. Store manager Michael Held will oversee a staff of 16 full-time employees.

Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. For more information about the Erie Communications Store, call 814-866-5966.

Schedule of Grand Opening Events
Verizon Wireless Communications Store
2048 Edinboro Road
Erie, PA 16501

Saturday, September 15, 3:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

  • Radio remote broadcast with WRTS-FM
  • Check presentation to SafeNet
  • Kickoff of month-long HopeLine phone collection drive benefiting SafeNet

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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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