Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Wireless Service To Five Counties In South Carolina

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Wireless Service To Five Counties In South Carolina

Customers in Eastern S.C. Benefit from Advanced Digital Features and Services

January 16, 2001



Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, today announced that its advanced digital wireless service is now available in Florence, Lee, Sumter, Clarendon, and Williamsburg counties.

"With this significant digital expansion into eastern South Carolina, Verizon Wireless has positioned itself as the wireless carrier with the largest digital coverage in the area. This means more customers will have access to our high quality digital network and attractive product and pricing options," said Jerry Fountain, Verizon Wireless' regional president - Carolinas.

Customers in these counties can now take advantage of Verizon Wireless' popular SingleRateSM
local, regional and national calling plans. Each digital-calling plan includes a variety of convenient features such as Caller ID, Voice Mail, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling, and No Answer Transfer. The new digital service also offers improved call quality, enhanced security, and longer battery life.

Digital users in the five-county area can also benefit from Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web service that is designed to meet each user's specific Internet information needs. Mobile Web can be added to select Verizon Wireless' digital calling plans for $6.95 per month. From their wireless handset, customers get access to a range of personalized World Wide Web information including news, sports, weather, financial information and online trading, travel updates and entertainment news. They can even shop online and check e-mail on the go with Mobile Web.

For more information or to take advantage of the expanded digital coverage area, residents in the five-county area should visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store in one of the following three convenient locations: 2117 W. Palmetto Street in Florence or 173 Columbiana Drive and 7007-A Two Notch Road in Columbia.

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.