Verizon Wireless Launches Afronet On Mobile Web

Verizon Wireless Launches Afronet On Mobile Web

Wireless Internet Customers Get Customized News, Entertainment and Business Info

February 22, 2001



Verizon Wireless Mobile Web customers from coast to coast can now access a leading information provider that focuses on content by and for the African-American community. Content from Afronet.com includes news, entertainment and business information.

Afronet.com offers Mobile Web customers daily news updates, business news from around the world, access to personal advertisements, entertainment news, and restaurant and nightlife listings for major cities.

Gary Schulman, President of the new Wireless Data & Internet Division of Verizon Wireless, said, "We are very pleased to provide Afronet.com's rich array of content to Mobile Web users. As we continue to roll-out new content providers for our customers, we will continue to meet the diverse needs and desires of Mobile Web users."

Willie Atterberry, founder and CEO of Afronet.com, said, "Afronet.com is the most content-rich portal in the African-American market, and we are proud to be the first in our market to be featured on the Verizon Wireless Mobile Web. By partnering with an industry leader and service provider like Verizon Wireless, we are able to provide a significant convenience feature to our customers. This is a win for everyone, especially our customers. We are always happy with that kind of result."

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.