Verizon Wireless Opens New Retail Location in Downtown Portland

Verizon Wireless Opens New Retail Location in Downtown Portland

Three-Day Celebration Will Include Appearance by Trail Blazer Dancers

October 15, 2001




In response to growing demand for Verizon Wireless' communications products and services, the nation's largest wireless provider has opened its newest retail store in Portland. Located at 635 S.W. Morrison (next to The Gap), the store has created nine new jobs. The company now owns and operates 11 Verizon Wireless Communications stores and kiosks employing 70 people throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

As part of the Grand Opening celebration, the first 100 customers who sign up for new service from October 19 through 21 will receive a $35 service credit after activation. Radio stations KGON and KVMX will broadcast live from the store during the celebration, giving away prizes, movie passes, and autographed posters signed by the Trail Blazer dancers. The dancers will be at the store to sign autographs on Sunday, October 21 between noon and 2 p.m.

"Wireless communications products and services are becoming more affordable everyday, especially with our current offering," said Patrick DeMers, manager for the Portland store. "Customers can take advantage of Verizon Wireless' 3,000 free nights and weekend home airtime minutes per month for life on local, regional, national or Family SharePlans, The annual plans have a monthly access fee of $35 or higher. As long as a customer chooses an eligible rate plan, and stays on that plan, he or she will always have 3,000 (nights and weekend) home airtime minutes. The Family SharePlans currently have a companion equipment offer-buy one Nokia 5185i for $29.99 and get up to 3 additional phones free, one for each activated line."

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 Mobile Web, Mobile MessengerSM and Mobile Office.

The new retail location is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 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.