Verizon Wireless Expands Store in Spokane, Washington, Ahead of National Local Number Portability

SPOKANE, WA — In a continuing effort to provide the latest wireless products and services at convenient, accessible locations, Verizon Wireless has expanded its North Sullivan Street retail location in Spokane, Washington. Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless communications provider in the country, now owns and operates 36 retail locations in the state.

"During the last two years we have invested more than $148 million in our wireless network in Washington, enhancing its reach and its voice and data capabilities," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "This effort, combined with the expansion of the Sullivan store in Spokane, has come at a perfect time because beginning May 24, Spokane residents will be able switch their wireless service providers without changing their telephone number."

Known as local number portability (LNP), this event requires all wireless service providers to cooperate for the good of the customer — from the national wireless carriers to the smaller regional players in the industry. While the large service providers have been actively switching customers in the top 100 markets since November 2003, Verizon Wireless has been working with the smaller regional wireless service providers to help ensure they too are prepared to provide easy, automatic barrier free porting to all customers beginning May 24. The Sullivan store will be fully ready to assist new customers with porting their service to Verizon Wireless on May 24 and will open that day at 8:00 a.m.

The expanded Sullivan Street store offers a premier line of digital wireless phones, data products and accessories, including the latest in camera phones. In addition, the store offers spacious design and the latest in interactive displays.

An array of activities are scheduled from May 14 through 16 to celebrate the store's grand re-opening, including a May 15 remote radio broadcast (see below). Customers who sign up for a new line of service on any qualifying one- or two-year contract will receive a Riverfront Park season pass. Other prizes will also be awarded.

Grand Re-Opening Schedule:Saturday, May 15, 2004Drawings and giveaways all day long (while supplies last)12 Noon — 2 p.m., KYWL 103.9 FM radio station will be present with additional prizes and promotions.

Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, 2004One complimentary Riverfront Park Season Pass will be included with each new line of service (On any 1 or 2 yr contract). Customers can enter to win the grand prize: a Carousel Party for up to 60 friends! ($425 value). See store for official rules.

Location:Verizon Wireless Communications Store506 North Sullivan, Near Starbucks509-891-0287

Store Hours:Monday — Friday 8 a.m. — 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. — 9 p.m; Sunday 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 39 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto