Verizon Wireless Opens New Store in Bridgehampton

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY — In response to the growing demand for the company's voice and data products and services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has opened a new store located in Bridgehampton Commons in Bridgehampton. The store is the company's second retail location in Suffolk County.

"Wireless communications products and airtime are becoming more affordable everyday, especially with our new [FREEUP] wireless service," said John Kalinowski, store manager. "[FREEUP] is a prepaid wireless service that offers customers nationwide voice service with no long distance or roaming charges, text messaging and other advantages similar to the company's popular contract calling plans. The new service is especially appealing to students and their parents because there are no monthly bills and no contracts."

Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The company will celebrate the grand opening of its newest store from Thursday, August 30, through Monday, September 3, 2001, with a host of special offerings, give-aways and festivities. New customers who activate service during the grand opening event will receive a FREE Combo Pack, a $59.99 value, which includes a car lighter adapter, phone case and ear bud. Also, entertainment will be available for the kids, including a clown, face painting, magic tricks, balloon sculptures, popcorn and cotton candy.

The Bridgehampton Communications Store is one of 12 new retail locations Verizon Wireless plans to open this year in the New York Metro area to make shopping for wireless products and services easier and more convenient for customers. The new stores also will create more than 150 sales and customer service positions as well as business opportunities for local construction, architectural and real estate firms.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 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