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Make Your Mother's Day With a Wireless Phone Shop Verizon Wireless for Gifts To Help Mom Save Time and Stay Safe

Shop Verizon Wireless for Gifts To Help Mom Save Time and Stay Safe

May 3, 2000

Robin B. Nichol
908-789-4719

Kevin Moore
914-365-7212

ORANGEBURG, NY — If your Mom isn't one of the millions of mothers across America who rely on a wireless phone to manage their busy days, now is the time to "join in" and purchase a phone for Mother's Day from Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile. It's the perfect gift for today's active moms and grandmoms who need to stay in touch or call for help in an emergency.

What's more, there's never been a better time to buy. Through Mother's Day, you'll pay just $69.99 for the Audiovox 4000 or 4000 XL digital wireless phone with a new annual contract. The special, limited time price also includes a mail-in $30 rebate which brings the net price to just $39.99. The phone weighs only 4.5 ounces and offers many features, including a long-life battery, Caller ID and Call Waiting.

In addition, Verizon Wireless DigitalChoice" calling plans offer the best value in wireless with big bundles of minutes at affordable prices. Most callers opt for either the $29.99 or $49.99 monthly plan which offers 200 or 500 home airtime minutes respectively.

Whether you're shopping for a first phone for a wireless newcomer or a new handset for a wireless veteran, there's a wide array of phones, services and accessories at Verizon Wireless that are sure to please for Mother's Day. If mom is an Internet aficionado, you might consider the new Web-enabled wireless phones which start at $119.99 and offer e-mail, financial information, personal organizer features and access to several leading content providers. Web Access service is priced at just $9.95 a month in addition to a DigitalChoice voice plan.

Or, maybe mom travels a lot and would benefit from the new Verizon Wireless SingleRate sm plans which begin at $35 for monthly access for 150 minutes with no long distance or roaming charges anywhere in the U.S. Two new tri-mode phones are available for purchase with the new SingleRate plans.

Accessories, such as headsets that provide hands-free phone usage, or a car charger-adapter, also make great gifts.

No matter what Mother's Day gifts you buy from Verizon Wireless, you can be sure you're choosing quality and reliability. The company has the most extensive network coverage, the best digital technology and the best national pricing plans of any U.S. wireless provider. For the second year in a row in the New York Metro region, Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, was named the leader in overall customer satisfaction, according to the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates 1999 U.S. Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study sm.

You can shop for your Mother's Day gifts at the Verizon Wireless online store at www.verizonwireless.com/store.shtml, call 1-888-466-4646, or visit any of the company's 43 Communications Stores throughout metro New York and New Jersey.

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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 16 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. When the merger is complete, the new company will have a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.

Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.

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