Verizon Wireless [FREEUP] Customers Have 30,000 Reasons To [REUP] With Western Union ® SwiftPay®

Verizon Wireless [FREEUP] Customers Have 30,000 Reasons To [REUP] With Western Union ® SwiftPay®

Quick, Convenient Payment Process Lets [FREEUP] Customers [REUP] in Minutes

April 22, 2002




In response to the growing demand for wireless prepaid services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, and Western Union Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) today announced more options for Verizon Wireless [FREEUP] customers to replenish their prepaid wireless service.

Beginning today, Verizon Wireless [FREEUP] customers can replenish their prepaid wireless service at any of nearly 30,000 Western Union agent locations across the country, using the Western Union® SwiftPay® service. Western Union's SwiftPay is a quick, inexpensive direct money transfer service that provides consumers with a fast and convenient way to send payments to replenish, or [REUP], their [FREEUP] service.

[FREEUP], a prepaid wireless service package specifically targeted at the nation's 34 million young consumers, bundles nationwide voice service, two-way text messaging, international calling and voicemail. With no monthly bills, annual service contracts, credit checks or additional fees for roaming and long distance, [FREEUP] is an economical way for customers to easily manage their wireless costs while staying connected with the latest wireless technology.

"We believe [FREEUP] is an excellent option for the nation's young consumers and we are committed to making it as convenient as possible for our customers to [REUP]," said John Stratton, chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. "Leveraging Western Union's resources not only expands the list of options for our customers, but as they travel, graduate, move to new cities and change jobs, they can take [FREEUP] with them and stay connected."

To apply cash to their [FREEUP] prepay account, customers simply present their Verizon Wireless mobile number to the Western Union Agent with a cash payment. Payments are posted to the customer's [FREEUP] account within minutes.

To find the nearest Western Union Agent location, call 1-800-325-6000 (press 2, then 1) or visit the company's Web site at http://www.westernunion.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications and Internet services. The company has the largest nationwide wireless network and 29 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Reporters and editors can find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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