Verizon Wireless Offers New Nationwide Pricing Option to Reno Consumers

July 5, 2000-SAN RAMON, California-

In response to the increasing popularity of flat-rate, national wireless service, Verizon Wireless, formerly known as AirTouch Cellular, today announced a new 2,000-minute option to its SingleRate price plans for northern Nevada customers. 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 coast-to-coast wireless calling with no long-distance or roaming charges.

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.

"The demand for SingleRate has exceeded our expectations," said Ralph Martinez, regional president -Northern California. "Customers enjoy the simplicity and affordability of SingleRate because it eliminates long distance and roaming charges across the country. With SingleRate 2000, mobile customers who depend heavily on wireless service to keep their lives and businesses on track 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 Stores located in Reno and Sparks, and at participating local retailers and authorized agents throughout northern Nevada.


About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 18 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless company was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. The new company will have 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. Headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more Verizon Wireless information at http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.