Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile Messenger<sup>SM</sup>

Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile MessengerSM
Coast To Coast

Consumers Now Have Two Choices in How They Use Their Phones to Communicate: Talk and Text

February 2, 2001



Beginning today, Verizon Wireless customers in Salt Lake City, can enjoy Mobile MessengerSM, the company's new two-way text messaging service.

Verizon Wireless customers coast to coast can join in an emerging communications craze - staying in touch easily and quietly by swapping messages via their digital wireless handsets.

Mobile Messenger is fun, fast, discreet and inexpensive. It increases the utility of wireless handsets by giving consumers two choices in how they use their phones to communicate: talk and text. Messages can be sent from another Verizon Wireless two-way messaging-capable handset, any Internet e-mail address or from www.msg.myvzw.com.

Customers can send and receive short 120 character messages quickly with Mobile Messenger by just tapping the keypad. Mobile Messenger offers a way to keep in touch with others whether in the movies, at the mall, in a restaurant, or in a meeting.

"Swapping messages via wireless handsets is quickly catching on as users get accustomed to the convenience, flexibility and enjoyment two-way text messaging offers," said Marni Walden, regional president for Verizon Wireless in the Mountain region. "Mobile Messenger is fun and functional, giving users the choice of keeping in touch without having a long conversation."

There's no need to subscribe to the service, since any Verizon Wireless customer with a two-way text messaging-capable phone can just "pay as they go" with Mobile Messenger. Verizon Wireless is currently featuring the new Kyocera QCP 2035a, which has Mobile Messenger capabilities.

For those messaging enthusiasts, the company also offers two Mobile Messenger packages, one priced at $2.99 for 100 received or sent messages; and the second priced at $7.99 for 600 received or sent messages. Additional messages sent cost just 10 cents and received messages cost 2 cents per message.

To introduce Mobile Messenger to customers, Verizon Wireless will waive all messaging fees until June 1, 2001. Verizon Wireless will introduce Mobile Messenger in additional markets over the next few months.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The 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 Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.