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BEDMINSTER, NJ — With a fresh, new look and several new services,, Verizon Wireless' short message service (SMS) companion Web site, effectively eliminates excuses. users find that it's about much more than text is a lifestyle companion that helps you stay plugged in and organized. According to Keynote Systems, an Internet performance management company, Verizon Wireless tops their Wireless SMS Index* in availability of sending and receiving SMS messages.

With, Verizon Wireless customers no longer have an excuse for not including everyone on weekend plans, homework groups or gossip updates. includes up to 20 people in its Group distribution address book, so sending messages to the entire group takes just a few clicks. The new Communities feature, which is a group chatroom, lets customers start their own community or join in one of the 10,000 already established chatrooms on countless subjects. Because Communities allows for inter-carrier messaging, there is no excuse for not being all-inclusive.

Time is a precious commodity, and with, time is always on your side. With Custom Quick Text, accept no excuses for not having the time to send off a quick message. Create a customized quick-text dictionary that promptly retrieves your personalized mottos and sayings so you can bang out messages to friends, family and coworkers.

Confirm what you know-it's all about you. gives users their own personal SMS Web page and offers 35 new wallpapers to completely customize your screen view so it reflects you, your mood or your likes.

The Info Alert Web page on has more alerts than all other wireless carriers so there is no excuse for not being informed. users can sign up for sport scores, news updates, stock quotes, soap opera daily reviews, weather reports, the TV Guide primetime line-up and many, many more alerts that touch every aspect of your life. Instant Messaging (IM) has become a communications rage and now lets user IM with their AOL and MSN (MSN expected to come live in late November 2002) buddies. With IM, there is no room or excuse for missing out on the action. Enthusiasts can IM their buddies to let them know about a last-minute get together, a celebrity or 'ex' sighting or a pop quiz in the class they were planning to miss. This means that message senders never have to worry about how to contact a mobile IM user again, because now users can take IM on the go!

The wireless phone has become the take-everywhere accessory, making it an integral part of life management. As a tool to complement SMS, the Web site simplifies and automates many of its supplementary functions so text-messaging enthusiasts can use their wireless phones more efficiently. Customers can pay as they go for $0.02 to receive and $0.10 to send messages or select from bundled plans for $2.99 per month for 100 messages, $3.99 per month for 200 messages and $7.99 per month for 600 messages sent or received. Pre-pay messages are just $0.05 per message.

*April 1 - June 30, 2002

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 30.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at

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