Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile Messenger In Duluth, Minnesota

DULUTH, MN — Verizon Wireless announced today that customers in the Duluth area can now enjoy Mobile MessengerSM, the company's new two-way text messaging service, which allows users to stay 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 across the country as users get accustomed to the convenience, flexibility and enjoyment two-way text messaging offers," said Rich Garwood, Verizon Wireless' Region President. "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. Verizon Wireless is currently featuring the new Kyocera QCP 2035a, which has Mobile Messenger capabilities.

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 June 1, 2001.

On March 12, Verizon Wireless announced the launch of digital wireless service and Mobile Web™ service in the Duluth and north shore area of Minnesota. The availability of digital service offers consumers and business customers a long list of benefits including Caller ID, text messaging, superior voice quality, longer battery life and enhanced privacy and security.

Mobile Web provides easy-to-use wireless access to the Internet and the option to customize the information delivered to web-enabled digital handsets. A customer can access e-mail, stocks, news, weather, and horoscopes or find the nearest ATM, movie theatre or restaurant all from their Verizon Wireless phone.

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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