Verizon Wireless Opens New Store in Orangeburg

Verizon Wireless Opens New Store in Orangeburg

May 15, 2000

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Allen Bosworth



Angie Skelton



May 15, 2000-ORANGEBURG, S.C. -

Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, announced today the opening of its first Communications Store in Orangeburg.

Located at 2710 North Road, the new 3,000 square foot Verizon Wireless Communications Store features a wide variety of wireless products and services, including the popular SingleRate® service and a premier line of digital wireless phones, pagers, data products and accessories. A staff of trained professionals is on hand to assist customers in selecting equipment and making decisions on calling plans.

"We're excited about our new location," said Store Manager Karen Crouch. "With the rapidly expanding market in the Midlands and surrounding area, we are constantly looking at better ways to serve our customers. This new Orangeburg location will provide more convenient access for our current and future customers."

A resident of Lexington, South Carolina, Crouch received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. She will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the Communications Store.

The new Communications Store in Orangeburg is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store's phone number is (803) 534-4150.

Verizon Wireless has 29 Communications Stores serving the Southeast.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 16 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 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. (NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. When the merger is complete, the new company will have 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 New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.