News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens First Communications Store In Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Hires Four Staff Members

October 16, 2007

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger1@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282Julie Obiala
For Verizon Wireless
jobiala@webershandwick.com
312-988-2400

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL — Verizon Wireless has opened its first Communications Store in Hoffman Estates at 2734 N Sutton Road, bringing to local consumers the coolest wireless phones and newest technology operating on the nation's most reliable voice and data network.

The 3,349-square-foot store is one of the first in the nation to showcase a new and highly interactive retail concept that is a departure from Verizon Wireless' traditional retail store design. Customers can pick up and try more than 80 functioning wireless phones and experience on-demand access to more than 2.1 million downloadable songs, Mobile TV, cutting-edge 3D games, short news, weather, sports and entertainment video clips. The store also features accessories such as Bluetooth® headsets as well wireless cards and modems for laptops and interactive television screens.

"Residents in the Hoffman Estates area now have much easier accessibility to the exceptional products and services that Verizon Wireless customers deserve and expect, operating on the nation's most reliable network," said T.J. Fox, president—Illinois/Wisconsin region, Verizon Wireless. "This new retail concept is the blueprint for an entirely new approach to customer service, and it delivers a shopping experience currently not offered by any other wireless provider."

Ryan Granville of Huntley has been named store manager and will oversee a group of nine employees, four of which have been recently hired by the company. These newly hired employees are:

  • Trever Giancarlo of Medinah — customer service representative
  • Christina Kuhn of Wauconda — customer service representative
  • Eric Perez of Streamwood — customer service representative
  • Kevin Schmidt of Chicago — retail sales representative

Employees transferring from other Verizon Wireless locations are:

  • Adrian Mazza of Carpentersville — assistant manager
  • Sean Proctor of Crystal Lake — assistant manager
  • Joedy Martell of Huntley — retail sales representative
  • Monna Verma of Medinah — retail sales representative
  • Mubashir Zahir of Huntley — customer service representative

Verizon Wireless' Communications Store in Hoffman Estates is open Monday though Saturday 9 a.m.—8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.—6 p.m. The store's phone number is 847-645-0190.

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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