Verizon Wireless Introduces Five-State "Home Calling Area" for Southern California Customers

Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless is inviting Southern California consumers to "Take Five." Why settle for a home calling area that limits you to the Los Angeles area or San Diego county when you can have one that includes five states? The company has introduced a new series of Digital Plus calling plans that enable Southern California area customers to travel throughout five Southwestern states, and use their included anytime minutes to make and receive calls - free of roaming charges.

With Verizon Wireless new Digital Plus plans, wireless users can take their anytime minutes with them to conduct business in Phoenix, take a road trip to Las Vegas or vacation in Hawaii and use their included minutes for calls - all without roaming charges. Long distance charges only apply to calls to and from different local calling areas, for example: between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

"We've found that most wireless users are regional roamers who frequently travel to nearby states and make numerous calls for everything from arranging meeting locations with friends and, or business associates, to confirming dinner reservations and flight schedules," said Regional President Mike Finley. "By eliminating roaming charges, our new Digital Plus plans provide a simple, affordable solution for Southern California consumers who wish to use their wireless phone throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii."

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging 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 AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new 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 New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.