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    TravelCenters of America Becomes Verizon Wireless Retailer

    The chain plans to open 100 UltraMobile Verizon retail outlets through 2012.

    WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has become an authorized Verizon wireless retailer and opened Verizon retail outlets under the UltraMobile name at eight of its TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    The UltraMobile outlets provide a full-service offering in a convenient location for professional drivers and highway motorists. All locations are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    With UltraMobile, customers can purchase phones, set up service plans and new activations, upgrade existing plans and pay their Verizon bills. UltraMobile carries all makes of phone provider accessories, and data/internet cards, PCs, tablets and prepaid wireless phones/cards are also available. UltraMobile sites also have the ability to transfer a customer's contact information from one handset to another, according to TCA's announcement.

    UltraMobile can currently be found at the following locations:
    • Petro Girard -- Interstate 80, exit 226, Girard, Ohio
    • Petro New Paris -- I-70, exit 156B, New Paris, Ohio
    • TA Harborcreek -- I-90, exit 35, Erie, Pa.
    • TA Hebron -- I-70, exit 126, Hebron, Ohio
    • TA Jeffersonville -- I-71, exit 65, Jeffersonville, Ohio
    • TA Lodi -- I-71, fexit 209, Seville, Ohio
    • TA London -- I-70, exit 79, London, Ohio
    • TA Toledo -- I-80/I-90, exit 5, Perrysburg, Ohio

    For professional drivers, UltraONE Points can be redeemed for phones and accessories at UltraMobile sites, and store associates will load the TA and Petro TruckSmart mobile app on all smartphones, in addition to demonstrating all of the app's features. Drivers can use the app to locate TA and Petro sites, access their UltraONE loyalty program account information and enter the shower queue without going to a kiosk -- all things that save drivers time.

    "It's about respect," said Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. "We respect the job [drivers] do and what life is like for them on the road. And we hope providing useful services like this will make that life on a road just a little bit easier."

    TA and Petro Stopping Centers locations are in 41 states and Canada.

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