Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile Messenger Coast To Coast

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Beginning today, Verizon Wireless customers in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington D.C., plus more than 200 additional markets, 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

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 Gary Schulman, Verizon Wireless' president of wireless data and internet services. "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.

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 April 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 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 96 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


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