V CAST Customers Get Red Carpet Exclusives with the Stars at Teen People's Artist of the Year Party

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, is rolling out the red carpet for V CAST customers across the country at the TEEN PEOPLE® Artists of the Year event on Tuesday, November 22, 2005. Verizon Wireless' special V CAST reporter will be on site, hobnobbing with the stars and grabbing exclusive interviews with the hottest names on the charts. The interviews — with such superstars as Shakira — will be broadcast only on V CAST shortly following the event.

Available directly from the V CAST reporter's microphone to customers' V CAST-enabled phones, entertainment addicts will have access to exclusive TEEN PEOPLE Artists of the Year news and views, including interviews, action shots and sound bites from popular music artists. With V CAST from Verizon Wireless, customers have their very own wireless backstage pass to the hottest teen event of the year.

TEEN PEOPLE celebrates the fourth annual Artists of the Year issue with a star-studded event featuring a special presentation to honoree Shakira and a live acoustic performance by Benji & Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. The TEEN PEOPLE Artists of the Year issue, on sale nationwide, celebrates seven acts that defined music in 2005. In addition to Shakira, TEEN PEOPLE Artists of the Year include Gwen Stefani, The Killers, Green Day, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and Kelly Clarkson.

V CAST from Verizon Wireless allows customers to view crystal clear video clips from the hottest names in entertainment, news, sports and more in the palms of their hands. V CAST is available to more than 140 million Americans in 171 major metropolitan markets and 68 primary airports.

To get V CAST from Verizon Wireless, customers simply equip their V CAST-enabled phones with a V CAST VPak subscription for $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan. Unlimited basic video clips are included, but application download fees apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About TEEN PEOPLE®TEEN PEOPLE, a National Magazine Award winner for General Excellence, is the definitive voice of youth culture. Launched in January 1998, TEEN PEOPLE became the first pop culture magazine for teens that focuses on stars, style and substance. With an editorial mix covering celebrities and entertainment, fashion and beauty, real teens and their accomplishments, TEEN PEOPLE keeps its readers clued in to what's now, what's next and what matters. Published ten times a year with two newsstand special editions, TEEN PEOPLE's guaranteed circulation is 1.45 million. www.teenpeople.com  is the magazine's official website.