Verizon Wireless Opens New Retail Store in Riverside

Verizon Wireless Opens New Retail Store in Riverside

New Store Creates 13 New Local Jobs

August 22, 2001




In response to growing demand for Verizon Wireless communications products and services, the nation's largest wireless provider has opened a new retail store in Riverside. Located at the Magnolia Town Center, the store has created 13 new jobs. The company now owns and operates 11 Verizon Wireless Communications stores and kiosks throughout the Inland Empire that employ approximately 130 people.

"Wireless communications products and airtime are becoming more affordable everyday, especially with our new [FREEUP] wireless service," said Andy Villalpondo, manager for Verizon Wireless' new Riverside retail store. "Our pay-as-you-go wireless service option offers customers advantages similar to those of the company's contract calling plans, including two-way text messaging, 10-cent night and weekend rates, voice mail, call waiting, address finder, sports scores and more. As an added bonus, [FREEUP] customers benefit from no long distance charges and roaming fees throughout most of the company's national network."

Verizon Wireless retail stores offer a premier line of digital wireless phones, data products and hands-free calling accessories. Customers can check out the latest wireless Internet and two-way text messaging services, including MobileWeb, Mobile MessengerSM and Mobile Office. Verizon Wireless stores also offer a variety of phones in all price ranges, from the Motorola 2260 with changeable color phone covers ($39.99 - two-year service activation required) to the Verizon Wireless web-ready, Palm-powered Smartphone from Kyocera ($499.99 - one-year service activation required).

In addition, Verizon Wireless is currently offering customers 1,500 free night and weekend home airtime minutes per month with its local digital price plans, which start at $35 monthly access, with annual agreement.

The new store management, addresses and hours of operation are:

Verizon Wireless - Magnolia Town Center, Riverside

Store Manager: Andy Villalpando
6143 Magnolia Ave., Ste. 3B
Riverside, CA 92506
Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Verizon Wireless also will celebrate the grand re-opening of the company's Rancho Cucamonga retail store on August 23. Rancho Cucamonga City Mayor Bill Alexander and members of the Chamber of Commerce will join representatives from Verizon Wireless at 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Verizon Wireless' Rancho Cucamonga store (10740 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga) to help celebrate the grand re-opening. The event will include merchandise giveaways, and a 25 percent discount on all wireless accessories.

In Southern California, the Verizon Wireless has a total of 69 retail stores and kiosks. Customers who prefer to shop by phone may call 800-2 JOIN IN. Internet browsers can 0shop at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.