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West Valley, Arizona Customers Can See, Touch And Experience The Latest Wireless Phones And Devices

New Verizon Wireless store in Avondale is one of the first in the industry to seek LEED® certification for green store design and construction

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August 6, 2009

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

CHANDLER, AZ — Wireless users in Avondale who are looking to get hands-on experience with cutting-edge voice, data, music and video devices have a new place to call home.

Verizon Wireless today opens its first “evolution” communications store in Avondale and one of the first in the nation to seek LEED® certification. The store offers consumers hands-on interaction with wireless voice, data, music and video services in a sleek, new full-service environment. The new store is located at 10120 W. McDowell Road (McDowell Road and 99th Avenue) in Avondale in the Gateway Pavilions shopping center.

Wireless customers can sample a wide array of fully-activated new phones and devices first hand for a total wireless experience. What’s more, data users can learn how to stay connected in more places with wireless data access on PC cards; learn about Mi-Fi (your own personal Wi-Fi hotspot); experience the new Netbooks; and take a tour of the new BlackBerry® Tour and so much more.

LEED® Certification
The new Avondale store is the second Verizon Wireless retail location in the nation to apply for LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

The store’s design optimizes water and energy use, enhances indoor environmental quality and reduces waste through specifications and responsible procurement and construction practices. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Learn more about Verizon Wireless’ company-wide “green” initiatives at http://aboutus.vzw.com/Green_Initiative/overview.html.

Additional convenience features of the new Avondale store include:

  • Interactive “demo zone” guided by knowledgeable staff
  • Integrated systems and operational enhancements designed to streamline the sales process and increase customer satisfaction
  • Check-in kiosk enables customers to sign in on arrival and stay informed via monitors that track their place in the queue for service
  • Roomy and easy to locate technical assistance and customer support areas with interactive displays

“Our new, green store in the West Valley provides plenty of space for both shopping and customer service, in keeping with our commitment to deliver innovative voice and data plans, exciting new devices and services and the best possible wireless experience,” said Tony Heyman, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $755 million in Arizona and $50 billion nationally since it was formed – $5.5 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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 LEED®
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

About USGBC
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System.

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