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Verizon Wireless Opens New Store In Queens, New York

ASTORIA, NY — Verizon Wireless has opened its newest Communications Store in Queens to meet the growing demand for its wireless products and services, and to make wireless shopping more convenient for customers.

Located 31-25 Steinway Street, between Broadway and 31st Street in Astoria, the new store is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A grand opening celebration will begin on Saturday, February 5, at 10 a.m. with guest appearances, a host of special offerings, giveaways and fun for the entire family. WKTU 103.5 FM radio will host a live broadcast at the store from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, the first 30 customers to sign up for the company's America's ChoiceSM Family SharePlan® will receive four tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters game during the week of February 21, 2005. Family SharePlans starting at $59.99 per month for the first two lines now offer additional lines at only $ 9.99 per month.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless because they want service on the nation's largest, most reliable wireless network," said Store Manager Carla Barbosa. "They know the value of wireless service you can count on."

Every year since its launch, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $4 billion annually — and more than $5.5 billion in 2004-- to maintain and expand its nationwide network, the most reliable in the country. In the New York Metro area, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1 billion in its wireless network during the past five years to handle a growing number of calls and to make available wireless data services such as picture messaging, text messaging, and the new VCAST service which brings TV and other multimedia services to wireless phones over the company's high speed wireless broadband network.

The Steinway Street Communications Store is the third to open in Queens and one of 71 retail locations Verizon Wireless owns and operates in the New York Metro area.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at