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

Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile MessengerSm in Arizona

Two-Way Text Messaging Now Available to Arizona Customers

August 23, 2001




Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, today announced that customers in Arizona can enjoy Mobile MessengerSM, the company's new two-way text messaging service. This emerging communications craze allows users to stay in touch easily and quietly by swapping alpha-numeric 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, virtually any Internet e-mail address or from http://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 Ralph Martinez, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "Mobile Messenger is fun and functional, giving users the ability to keep in touch without having a long conversation."

There's no need to subscribe to the service, since Verizon Wireless customers with a two-way text messaging-capable phone can just "pay as they go" with Mobile Messenger. Verizon Wireless is currently featuring the Kyocera QCP 2035a, the Audiovox 135 and 9100, the LG TM-510, the Motorola V120c and v160 and the Nokia 5185i, which have Mobile Messenger capabilities.

For 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.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 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 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.