Verizon Wireless Offers Flat-Rate, National Calling Plans In Montana

Verizon Wireless Offers Flat-Rate, National Calling Plans In Montana

No Roaming Or Long Distance Charges Anywhere In The United States

December 6, 2000



Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today introduced new nationwide, flat-rate pricing options for consumers and businesses in Montana who want competitive, predictable coast-to-coast pricing with no roaming and free long distance. The new SingleRateSM calling plans now give Verizon Wireless customers in Billings, Missoula, Helena, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Hamilton, Kalispell, and Glendive access to some of the most popular pricing available in the wireless industry.

"Customers in Montana will now be able to call virtually anywhere, anytime in the United States with their monthly allowance of minutes and not incur additional charges," said Marni Walden, regional president for Verizon Wireless in the Mountain Region. "These new price plans effectively make every wireless call a local call."

Traditionally, many wireless calling plans require customers to pay separate long-distance charges for incoming and outgoing calls outside the local area, and roaming charges when traveling outside the designated home area.

Verizon Wireless' SingleRatesm plans eliminate uncertainty and guarantees that customers won't be surprised by unexpected roaming and long distance charges on their monthly bill.

The new family of five flat-rate price plans provides some of the best values in the industry for national wireless plans - $35 per month for 150 minutes. Customers also can select large bundles of minutes based on their usage requirements - up to 2,000 minutes for $200 per month.

SingleRatesmPlans for Montana
Monthly access: Minutes allowance:
$35 150
$55 400
$75 600
$100 900
$150 1,500
$200 2,000

With Verizon Wireless SingleRatesm Plans and handsets, customers will have full access to the company's coast-to-coast network, which covers 96 of the top 100 markets with service available to close to 90 percent of the United States population.

To take advantage of the new SingleRatesm plans, customers must use a tri-mode phone. Tri-mode handsets are available in several models at any Verizon Wireless Communications store or retailer. During the holidays, Verizon Wireless is offering a "Buy One Get One Free" tri-mode digital phone promotion featuring the Nokia 5185i for $49.99. The phone features personalized snap-on faceplates with color options.

"Customers in Montana have never had this much freedom and flexibility with their wireless service," Walden said. "For many, it will change the way they communicate and stay in touch."

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.