Verizon Wireless Opens Three New Retail Locations

Verizon Wireless Opens Three New Retail Locations
in the Valley

April 10, 2001



In response to the growing demand for wireless communications products, Verizon Wireless is unveiling two new retail stores in Fresno and Bakersfield, in addition to the Modesto store, which opened earlier this year. Verizon Wireless now owns and operates 16 retail stores and kiosks throughout the Valley.

The new store addresses and hours of operation are as follows:

Verizon Wireless - Fresno in Universal Park

7723 N. Blackstone Ave. Suite 102

Fresno, Ca. 93720

(559) 451-0556

Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Verizon Wireless - Bakersfield in River Lakes Village

4550 Coffee Rd.

Bakersfield, Ca. 93308

(661) 587-5693

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Verizon Wireless - Modesto in Vintage Faire Mall

3401 Dale Rd.

Modesto, Ca. 95356

(209) 559-0844

Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"Verizon Wireless owns and operates the most extensive and popular wireless network in the country," said Keith Ard, Director of Retail Stores. "Our stores add to our popularity by offering consumers a convenient and easy place to stop in and browse the latest products and services we have available for them."

Verizon Wireless Communications 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 Messenger and Mobile Office, as well as a variety of phones in all price ranges, such as 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).

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has 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 Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.


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