Verizon Wireless Debuts Singlerate<sup>SM</sup> West

Verizon Wireless Debuts SinglerateSM West

Offers Flat-Rate, Regional Eleven State Calling Plan No Roaming or Long Distance Charges

February 16, 2001



Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today introduced new regional flat-rate pricing options for consumers and businesses in the Pacific Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington and Northern Idaho) who want competitive, predictable regional pricing with no roaming and no long distance charges. The new SingleRate SM West calling plans now give Verizon Wireless customers in the Pacific Northwest Region an 11 state regional home calling area including Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

"Now customers in the Pacific Northwest Region who travel in the western states have the option of choosing a calling plan that best meets their needs," said Kelley DeLaney, president for Verizon Wireless in the Pacific Northwest Region. "The regional plan gives customers who travel another choice - an 11 state SingleRate Regional plan or our national 50-state SingleRate calling plan."

Traditionally, many regional wireless calling plans require customers to pay separate long-distance charges for incoming and outgoing calls outside the local area, and roaming charges when traveling outside the designated home area.

Verizon Wireless's SingleRateSM regional and national plans substantially expand the customers' local calling area, eliminate the uncertainty and guarantee that customers won't be surprised by unexpected roaming and long distance charges on their monthly bills.

The new family of five, flat-rate plans provide some of the best value in the industry for a regional wireless plan beginning at just $30 per month for 150 minutes.

SingleRateSM Regional Plans for Pacific Northwest Region

Monthly access: Minutes allowance:
$30 150
$40 300
$50 450
$80 800
$100 1,000

(Consumers can add 1,000 night/weekend minutes for
$10 per month)

"No other wireless provider in Oregon and Washington offers this type of aggressive pricing all backed by the best coverage and the number one rated digital network for accessibility and call retention in Portland and Seattle," DeLaney added.

With Verizon Wireless SingleRateSM West plans and handsets, customers will have full access to the company's high quality coast-to-coast network, which covers 96 of the top 100 markets with service available to close to 90 percent of the United States population.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.