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Verizon Kicks Off Wireless Technology Innovation Awards in Southeast Louisiana



  Verizon Kicks Off Wireless Technology Innovation Awards in Southeast
  Louisiana

Small and Mid-Sized Businesses to Compete for $10,000 Prize for Innovative Use
                            of Wireless Technology

Business Wire

NEW ORLEANS -- April 1, 2013

Starting April 1, Verizon Wireless will begin accepting entries for its 2013
Wireless Technology Innovation Awards for small and mid-sized businesses
located in Southeast Louisiana. The company invites businesses, non-profit
groups and other organizations to showcase ways Verizon Wireless mobile
technology solutions improve efficiency, save money and elevate customer
satisfaction. Corporate sponsors for the awards program include Alcatel
Lucent, Samsung, and Blackberry.

“Mobile technology is dramatically changing the ways small and mid-sized
businesses operate,” said Krista Bourne, president - Houston/Gulf Coast
Region, Verizon Wireless. “More than ever before, wireless technology can help
businesses innovate, serve customers better, save time and cut costs. The
Wireless Technology Innovation Awards highlight the creativity of our regional
businesses and showcase the best practices that are making them more
successful year over year.”

Judging Criteria

Participants should share initial business challenges and demonstrate how they
creatively implemented Verizon Wireless solutions to solve problems with their
business. Participants must topline the benefits of the solutions employed and
explain how they have positively affected their business or organization.

One grand prize winner for organizations with up to 500 employees will earn a
$10,000 cash award from Verizon Wireless and one runner up organization will
earn a $5,000 cash award. The winning companies or organizations will be
featured in a Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards video, which will
highlight each winner’s business, services and/or products and how they
incorporated wireless technology into their business.

Verizon Wireless will accept entries for the Wireless Technology Innovation
Awards April 1 through Aug. 31, 2013. Verizon Wireless executives and local
business leaders will evaluate the entries and winners will be announced at
the awards ceremony on Oct. 22 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, La.

For more information on the contest, visit the official Wireless Technology
Innovation Awards www.vzwinnovationawards.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest,
most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.2 million retail customers,
including 92.5 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking
Ridge, N.J., with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a
joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE,
NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Contact:

Verizon Wireless
Gretchen Whitaker, 713-219-8028
Gretchen_Whitaker@VerizonWireless.com
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