Picture Yourself on the Slopes With the Latest Picture Messaging Phone

BEDMINSTER, NJ — With the ski season in full swing, it's time to hit the slopes and enjoy the winter fun. Recently voted "Best Wireless Service Overall" by a top-tier SKI magazine, Verizon Wireless service is not only the tops, but with its picture messaging and text messaging services, customers can stay in touch and extend the fun far beyond the slopes.

Verizon Wireless Picture Messaging lets customers share slope-side excitement at the press of a button with friends or family. With Verizon Wireless' newest camera phone - the CDM-8900 from Audiovox - customers simply snap a picture, enter a Verizon Wireless phone number or any e-mail address and hit "Send" to share the thrill of mastering the snowplow or making it all the way down a Double Black Diamond.

Keeping track of the group can be a challenge on a crowded slope but a quick text message means customers can stay in touch quickly and discreetly. Customers can send a TXT message to plan their après ski fun, a hot chocolate break or pick a time to hit the hot tub - without leaving the trails.

The Audiovox CDM-8900 is offered for $99.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate and a two-year customer agreement. For a limited time, customers can sign up for two of Get It Now's most popular selections, TXT Messaging or Picture Messaging, for $4.99 monthly access with unlimited use through March 31, 2004. Customers who choose both will be billed $7.99 monthly access, a $2.00 monthly savings through March 31, 2004.

Verizon Wireless products and services are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack locations and on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.  For more information on TXT or Picture Messaging from Verizon Wireless and to view a flash demo of the services, visit www.verizonwireless.com/getitnow.  

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 36 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 www.verizonwireless.com.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.  

About Get It NowGet It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones. getTXT, getIM and getEMAIL help customers stay in touch and communicate with others. getGAMES keeps customers entertained, while getGOING applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more. View and share digital photos with getPIX check out Web cams with getFLIX or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with getTONES. getALERTS keeps customers informed while getBROWSING lets them access the Web from their wireless phone.