Full-Service Retail Store Opens In New Tampa, Florida

TAMPA, FL — In response to surging demand for the latest wireless voice and data services in the Tampa Bay area, Verizon Wireless has opened a new 3,000-square-foot retail location in New Tampa. The full-service store — located at 17501 Preserve Walk Lane (facing Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, next to Krispy Kreme) — already is serving customers through its dedicated customer service area, an expanded demonstration floor, automated customer sign-in capabilities and a self-serve bill-payment kiosk.

The store will celebrate its official grand opening May 15-20, 2006, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and cheerleaders on hand Saturday, May 20 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. to pose for photos and sign autographs. There will be complimentary food and refreshments, drawings for authentic Buccaneers merchandise, and local radio stations will broadcast live onsite. Also, new customers will be able to take advantage of special discounts that week, such as $10 off the price of any accessories priced at $30 or higher, and waived activation fee with two-year contract.

"This New Tampa store is part of our commitment to provide our customers here with increased convenience and responsive customer service," said Mike Lanman, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. "Every day, more people here are taking advantage of the state's most reliable wireless network, finding fun and value in new services like V CAST streaming video content, getPIX Picture Messaging and BroadbandAccess high-speed wireless data."

Store hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Sundays, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Store manager Nolen Maguire can be reached at (813) 972-4590. For additional details on Verizon Wireless locations, products and services, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 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 www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.