Verizon Wireless Messaging Services Recieves Albert Gore Jr. Lifepage Achievement Award

Verizon Wireless Messaging Services Recieves Albert Gore Jr. Lifepage Achievement Award

PCIA Foundation Awards distinguished honor to Midwest Region

CHICAGO, Illinois (September 28, 2000) - Verizon Wireless Messaging Services announced today that its Midwest Region has been named one of the recipients of this year's PCIA Foundations distinguished Albert Gore Jr. LifePage Achievement Award.

LifePage provides pagers and service to nearly 32,000 patients on national transplant lists. This gives patients the gift of freedom in the form of pagers and service from carriers at no charge, so patients and their families can continue to live as normal a life as possible instead of waiting near the phone for that life-saving call. LifePage works with 750 transplant centers and places on average 2,000 requests per month for equipment and service.

Verizon Wireless Messaging Services has been participating in the LifePage program since 1997. The number of patients and families Verizon Wireless has assisted continues to grow 150% annually.

"We're honored and pleased to accept this award, knowing that we as a company, are doing something so important to assist others in saving lives" said Ray Bodnar, Regional Vice President, Verizon Wireless Messaging Services.

The Albert Gore Jr. LifePage Achievement Award is awarded to companies and individuals on the front-line of the LifePage program. The award is so named because Gore, then a U.S. Representative from Tennessee and chairman of the House Science Subcommittee, helped draft the 1983 legislation that created the National Organ Transplant Act and one nationwide transplant waiting list.

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 3.5 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. (NYSE:BEL), Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD), and GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE). 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 Messaging Services, headquartered in Dallas. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company by contacting Linda Morant at 972-860-3363.