Verizon Wireless Opens New Store in Kalispell, Montana

KALISPELL, MT — In a continuing effort to provide the latest wireless products and services at convenient, accessible locations, Verizon Wireless has opened a new retail location in Kalispell, Montana. Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless communications provider in the country, now owns and operates eight retail locations in the state.

"During the last two years we have invested more than $50 million in our wireless network in Montana, enhancing its reach and its voice and data capabilities," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "This effort, combined with the opening of the store in Kalispell, makes it easier for more local residents to benefit from Verizon Wireless' expansive network and wide variety of service plans, with choices to fit any lifestyle and income." The network enhancements doubled the company's coverage and increased call capacity by more than 45 percent in the state in 2003. Network usage in Montana nearly doubled in 2003 over 2002.

The new Kalispell store also offers a premier line of digital wireless phones, data products and accessories including the latest in camera phones. To celebrate the store's grand opening on Saturday, March 27, 2004 only, customers can enter to win a LGVX6000 camera phone (see store for official rules). Customers will also receive 20 percent off any phone with a color screen, through April 30, 2004.

Grand opening schedule:Friday, March 26, 2004, 1:30 p.m. - Ribbon cutting ceremonySaturday, March 27, 2004, 1-3 p.m. - Grand opening celebration. KZMN FM radio will be present with prizes and giveaways.

Kalispell Communications Store2385 Highway 93 NorthIn front of the new Target and Home Depot406-752-4422Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. — 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 37.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.

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