News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New 'Store-Within-A-Store' At BJ's Wholesale Club In Manahawkin, New Jersey

June 12, 2008

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
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MANAHAWKIN, NJ — Verizon Wireless has expanded its retail presence with the addition of a new store in BJ's Wholesale Club at 321 Martin Treux Jr. Boulevard in Manahawkin, N.J. The 'store-within-a-store' concept provides BJ's customers with easy access to the latest wireless phones, devices and accessories, plus a variety of service plans on the nation's most reliable wireless network.

The new Manhawkin store is one of 23 Verizon Wireless kiosks in BJ's locations throughout the Philadelphia Tri-State Region. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"Today's busy lifestyles require all of us to combine errands and shopping trips whenever possible," said Christine Baron, Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region president. "Our new BJ's locations are an important part of our effort to meet our customers where they shop. By placing Verizon Wireless employees in BJ's locations, customers get added convenience and assistance from the best wireless salespeople in the industry."

BJ's members will be able to take advantage of the same convenient services available at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including account look-up and bill payments. Verizon Wireless will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the BJ's kiosks, including hiring, inventory, displays and any interior or exterior signage. BJ's Members can expect the same high quality products and services they would receive in a stand-alone Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless products and services continued during the first quarter of 2008 as the company reported 1.5 million new customer additions. Verizon Wireless also sustained its best-in-industry customer loyalty — posting a customer turnover rate of 1.19% in the first quarter, well below the rate reported by the other major wireless carriers.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion annually since it was formed to increase coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services like BroadbandAccess and V CAST. The company spent more than $190 million in 2007 to enhance services and coverage in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region, bringing the total network investment in the region to more than $1 billion since 2000.

Including the new BJ's locations, Verizon Wireless owns and operates 131 retail locations throughout the Philadelphia Tri-State Region. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, please visit www.verizonwireless.com or call 1-800-2 JOIN IN.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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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