Verizon Wireless Opens Kiosk At College Mall In Bloomington

Verizon Wireless Opens Kiosk At College Mall In Bloomington

Company Increases Retail Locations for Holiday Shoppers

December 18, 2000



Verizon Wireless has signed an agreement with Simon Property Group, Inc. to open a new kiosk at College Mall in Bloomington, Ind. The new kiosk joins two others Verizon Wireless is opening this month in Indianapolis and Muncie, Ind., so potential customers can more easily pick up additional phones and accessories without leaving the malls.

"Kiosks give Verizon Wireless the opportunity to reach a large number of customers by virtue of their design and location in high traffic areas of shopping centers," said Dan Mock, regional president, Indiana Region, Verizon Wireless.

"We know Hoosier shoppers are busy and have limited time to shop for wireless phones. In particular, people are buying wireless gifts for elderly parents and teen drivers this holiday season. Additionally, many of our customers are adding wireless phones under the family calling plan. Having Verizon Wireless products available in the malls will make shopping easier for these customers," said Mock.

A part of the success of wireless products from kiosks' sales can be attributed to the use of prepaid products in the wireless industry. Prepaid products, which require no contract, are usually purchased quickly at a convenient location.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S.with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 32,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

Photo Editors Note: The Verizon Wireless kiosk at the College Mall is located in front of The Gap and open during mall hours. Holiday hours at College Mall are:

December 11-15 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
December 16 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
December 17 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
December 18-20 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
December 21-23 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
December 24 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

College Mall is at the intersection of East Third Street and the Indiana 45/46 Bypass and the administrative office phone number is 812-339-9403.