Verizon Wireless Introduces Nationwide Messaging Plans

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, announced the availability tomorrow of three new Nationwide Messaging plans that will allow customers to use unlimited messaging on their wireless handsets. The new plans do not require an accompanying voice plan and are designed to meet the needs of customers who primarily rely on messaging to communicate with others.

The Nationwide Messaging plans are available on most handsets, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and Smartphones inclusive of BlackBerry devices. Starting at $34.99 monthly access, the new Nationwide Messaging plans include unlimited text, instant, picture and video messaging, and offer per-minute voice calling rates as noted below:

Nationwide Messaging Plan:

Consumer DevicesMonthly Access: $34.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus Mobile Web access and data usage) Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.40

BlackBerry Monthly Access: $54.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus E-mail, Web browsing and data usage) Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.25

PDA/SmartphoneMonthly Access: $54.99 (Includes unlimited text, IM, picture and video messaging, plus E-mail, Web browsing and data usage) Per-minute Voice Rate: $0.25

"We developed these messaging plans in response to feedback from our customers," said Robert Miller, vice president - marketing for Verizon Wireless. "We have a growing number of customers, particularly from the deaf or hard of hearing community, who are using their wireless phones to communicate via messaging. Our Nationwide Messaging plans offer an affordable solution for customers who primarily use messaging to communicate, giving them more choices to only pay for services they need."

All three Nationwide Messaging plans allow customers to send and receive international text messages for $0.25 per message. Nationwide Messaging plans are available with a one- or two-year customer agreement (activation fees, taxes, and other charges apply).

Additional Messaging Capabilities with Mobile Email Customers who sign up for the $34.99 monthly access Nationwide Messaging plan will also have the option of adding Mobile Email to their accounts for an additional $5.00 per month. With Mobile Email, customers can access popular e-mail services, as well as configure the service to work with their POP3 and IMAP accounts. Devices that support Mobile Email include the LG VX8300, VX8350, VX8700 and VX9400; Chocolate, Venus™, enV and Voyager™ by LG; MOTOKRZR K1m, MOTORAZR V3c, MOTORAZR V3m and MOTORIZR™ Z6tv; Samsung Alias™ (SCH-u740), Samsung SCH-u900 and SCH-u620, as well as the FlipShot™ by Samsung and the Gleam™.

All PDAs, Smartphones and BlackBerry handsets will be eligible for the Nationwide Messaging plans. The SMT5800, Verizon Wireless XV6900 and MOTO Q 9m will also support Mobile Email.

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