Verizon Wireless Prepared For (219) Area Code Split

Verizon Wireless Prepared For (219) Area Code Split

January 14, 2002




Verizon Wireless customers affected by the (219) area code split may now begin visiting Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and authorized agents to have their wireless phones re-programmed to accommodate the new (574) and (260) area codes assigned by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).

"Verizon Wireless provides the re-programming service free to its customers," said Wayne
White, president of the Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan region. "Wireless phones are considered
indispensable tools by many of our customers, and we want to help them stay connected."

The new (574) area code will be used by communities such as South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka,
Plymouth and Monticello, while communities such as Angola, Fort Wayne, Huntington and Portland
have been assigned area code (260). The current (219) area code will continue to be used by cities such as Gary, LaPorte, Rensselaer and Remington.

Verizon Wireless customers will receive more detailed instructions on the free re-programming
in their wireless bills. Re-programming must be completed by June 14.

Verizon Wireless Communications Stores are located at 4122 Lima Rd., Suite B-15, Ft. Wayne; 3365 S. Main St., Elkhart; 557 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart; 505 W. Douglas Rd., Mishawaka, and 2930 Frontage Rd., Warsaw.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the leading wireless communications provider in the U.S., with the largest wireless network and more than 29.4 million customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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