Verizon Wireless Integration Of Alltel Complete In The Rio Grande Valley in Texas

HARLINGEN, TX — In celebration of joining two great companies, Verizon Wireless will host a weekend Customer Appreciation Celebration from Friday Sept. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 13 at its newest retail stores located in Harlingen and Weslaco.

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. There are two new Verizon Wireless Communication stores in the Rio Grande Valley including:


Harlingen501 N. Ed Carey Dr. Harlingen, TX 78550956-440-7709


Weslaco2017 W. Expressway 83Weslaco, TX 78596956-447-2920


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 Sept. 11-13)

  • Waived activation ($35 value)

  • 25 percent off all accessories

  • Register to win tickets to a professional Dallas football game

In addition, Verizon Wireless will 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 expansion in the Rio Grande Valley and our arrival to the communities of Harlingen and Weslaco," 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 customers with the best products and services at a great value."


Store hours for the new Harlingen and Weslaco locations 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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