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Verizon Wireless Integration Of Alltel Complete In Abilene, Texas

Customer Appreciation Celebration Begins October 2

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September 27, 2009

Audrey Lundy
Audrey.Lundy@VerizonWireless.com
972-444-5516

ABILENE, TX — In celebration of joining two great companies, Verizon Wireless will host a weekend Customer Appreciation Celebration from Friday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 4 at its newest retail store in Abilene, located at 4149 Southwest Drive.

Former Alltel customers in markets retained by Verizon Wireless now have access to the nation’s largest broadband network and a full suite of state of the art devices like the BlackBerry® Storm(TM) and Tour(TM) and LG enV® TOUCH.

Verizon Wireless has spent the past six months integrating networks, preparing to convert billing systems, and rebranding stores. At this weekend celebration, business and community leaders, individuals and families can meet the leadership team, learn more about Verizon Wireless’ commitment to the community and enjoy refreshments. Customers can also take advantage of several offers including:

  • Any Samsung phone $49.99 or less is FREE with new two-year activation (available Oct. 2-4)
  • Waived activation ($35 value)
  • 25 percent off all accessories
  • Register to win tickets to a professional Dallas football game

In addition, local high school football fans have a chance to win $10,000 for Abilene High School or Cooper High School through the Verizon Wireless Txt2win contest running through Friday, Nov. 13. Students, faculty and fans are encouraged to text their school code - AHS or CHS - to 66861 or log on to www.vzwrules.com/highschool to enter. The participating school with the most texts wins, and there will be weekly drawings for a Motorola Rival phone.

Verizon Wireless will also launch its HopeLine® Recycling Program. HopeLine® collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories from any carrier. All phones donated to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those that are not salvageable are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to provide wireless phones to survivors of domestic violence who are rebuilding their lives or cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Since the program’s inception in 2001 Verizon Wireless has collected more than 6 million phones, awarded nearly $7 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and distributed more than 76,000 phones and 228 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence.

“We are excited about our arrival to the Abilene community,” said Frank Antonacci, region president for Verizon Wireless. “Verizon Wireless is committed to the communities where we live and work. We look forward to providing West Texas customers with the best products and services at a great value.”

Store hours for the new location in Abilene are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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