Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile Messenger<sup>SM</sup>

DENVER, CO — Beginning today, Verizon Wireless customers in greater Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins 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 MessengerSM 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 MessengerSM by just tapping the keypad. Mobile MessengerSM 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 Marni Walden, regional president for Verizon Wireless in the Mountain region. "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 MessengerSM. Verizon Wireless is currently featuring the new Kyocera QCP 3035a and 2035a, the Motorola 120c and v60, Audiovox 9100, Nokia 5185i and the LG 510 which has Mobile MessengerSM capabilities.

For messaging enthusiasts, the company also offers two Mobile MessengerSM 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