Wireless Internet Access Gets Personal

GRAND JUNCTION, CO — Verizon Wireless today launched Mobile Websm service in its High Country markets: Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Vail and Aspen. This combines the mobility of wireless communications with access to the World Wide Web-based information and enables users to easily personalize these services.

Mobile Web is designed to meet each user's specific personal and business needs, with a simple intuitive format making it easy for the user to customize what they want to see on their handset. By accessing the www.verizonwireless.com web site from their PC or directly from their handset, users may select the Internet-based information they want and prioritize the order in which the information is delivered to the handset, simply by entering their choices on a personal home page they can update whenever they choose. Users can establish text message alerts that will notify them when specific information is available. As an introduction to this service, Verizon Wireless is offering a three-month free trial.

"Today marks a new era in the convergence of wireless and the Internet for four growing communities," said Marni Walden, president for Verizon Wireless in the Mountain Region. "Mobile Web gives users the most complete and affordable way to wirelessly access the Internet, when and where they want it."

Through a series of agreements Verizon Wireless has made with Internet content providers, Mobile Web customers can access web sites ranging from personal finance and shopping, to news and entertainment. By customizing the information desired via the personal home page, users can receive updates on their own stock portfolio and have an alert sent when a particular stock reaches a targeted price point.

"With Mobile Web you can not only check local traffic information, receive your daily horoscope, and keep up with a favorite sports team, but also comparison shop, book airline flights, make restaurant reservations and much more," said Walden. "Mobile Web is valuable, personal and affordable for all types of Internet users, even those who have yet to explore the wired alternatives."

The Yankee Group expects 48 million Web-enabled digital phone users worldwide by 2002 and climbing to 204 million users by 2005.

Verizon Wireless Makes Wireless Internet Access Practical

Mobile Web is competitively priced at $6.95 a month and can be added to any digital service plan, including the company's popular SingleRatesm flat-rate pricing plans which start at $35.00 a month. Mobile Web customers may use their wireless minutes for both voice and Web services. Monthly service also includes 100 message alerts. Additional alerts are 10 cents each. Mobile Web users may also choose from nine different wireless handsets.

User choice is central to the Mobile Web offering. Currently, information from more than 30 Web sites is available. Users have access to nearly 500 additional sites through Verizon Wireless' agreement with InfoSpace.com. (See sidebar for complete listing of content partners.) Specifically, Mobile Web customers can access the following tools and information based on their needs and interests:

  • Personal Information Management Tools (PIM) - Calendar with reminder alerts, address book with one-touch dialing, compatible with MS Outlook
  • Messaging - e-mail - username@myvzw.com, access to other e-mail accounts and e-mail alerts
  • News, Weather, and Sports - headline alerts, final score alerts and weather forecast for selected city
  • Entertainment - horoscopes, lottery results and movie schedules
  • Finance - stock alerts and trading from E*Trade
  • Travel - flight schedule and status
  • eCompare - comparison shopping and on-line shopping

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data 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), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 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.