Verizon Wireless Offers New Nationwide Pricing Option

Verizon Wireless Offers New Nationwide Pricing Option

July 7, 2000


Abra Degbor,
781.932.1314, 617.620.0394-mobile

David Samberg,
617.742.9103, 617.448.2124-mobile

WOBURN, MA - In a move to meet customers' seemingly insatiable appetite for flat-rate, nationwide wireless calling, Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, this week added a new 2,000-minute option to its SingleRate price plans. The new plan, priced at $200 per month, is the sixth in a family of plans that begin as low as $35 per month for 150 minutes of all-inclusive wireless calling.

Demand for SingleRate service - a popular choice for business travelers - accelerated when the company unveiled the new family of plans in concert with the launch of Verizon Wireless in April. In New York and Northern New Jersey, for example, sales of the plans nearly doubled in the first 30 days of the offering.

"Customers love the simplicity and affordability of SingleRate because it eliminates long distance and roaming charges across the country," said Bob Stott, president of the company's New England and Upstate New York Region. "In fact, they like it so much that they have asked us to create a service package with an even larger bundle of minutes. Now, our most talkative customers can travel the United States and achieve even greater savings while relying on Verizon Wireless' superior coast-to-coast network."

SingleRate is conveniently available at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and at local retailers and authorized agents.

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. (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, 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.

Note: This release was also issued in New York and Connecticut.