Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile Messenger<sup>SM</sup> to Puget Sound Markets

Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile MessengerSM
to Puget Sound Markets

Let Your Fingers Do The Talking With Two-Way Text Messaging

August 1, 2001




Verizon Wireless customers in Puget Sound area communities, including Bellingham, Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and Olympia, now have access to 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 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 Kelley Kurtzman, Verizon Wireless' regional president in the Pacific Northwest. "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 two-way text messaging-capable phones can just "pay as they go" with Mobile Messenger. Verizon Wireless is currently offering seven phones with Mobile Messenger capabilities: Kyocera QCP 2035a, Nokia 5185i, Audiovox 9100 and 135, Motorola 120c and v60, and LG 510.

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.