Verizon Wireless Launches GPS-Enabled Wireless Phone To Support E-911 Services

Verizon Wireless Launches GPS-Enabled Wireless Phone To Support E-911 Services

Handset-based Solution Is Important Step Toward Providing Enhanced Location Information

December 27, 2001




Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is delivering on its commitment to provide emergency service personnel with additional location information about 911 calls from wireless phones. Starting today, customers can order the Verizon Wireless SCH-N300 E-911 capable phone from Samsung through the Verizon Wireless online store at www.verizonwireless.com.

When operating in an area where both the Verizon Wireless network and the local 911 call center system have been upgraded for E-911 Phase II service, the SCH-N300 will be able to automatically identify the calling location and wireless phone number to the call center. By April 2002, 65 percent of the population served by the Verizon Wireless network will be capable of transmitting location data to local Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs). Verizon Wireless expects coast-to-coast network upgrades to be completed by the second quarter of 2003. As PSAPs upgrade their local or state systems' ability to receive and use the location data supplied by the GPS-capable phones, the entire system will be completed.

"The launch of the Verizon Wireless SCH-N300 from Samsung is an important step in fulfilling the goal of providing location services to our customers," said John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless.

For more information on Verizon Wireless SCH-N300 handset from Samsung, or to purchase the phone through Verizon Wireless' online store, customers should visit www.verizonwireless.com.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, see STA's Web site at www.samsungusa.com . Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., a $30 billion flagship company of the Korean-based Samsung Group, is a world leader in electronics, with operations in over 50 countries.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 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). 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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