News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service to Eugene/Springfield and Albany/Corvallis

May 9, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. — Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the nation, has expanded its digital service to Eugene/Springfield and Albany/Corvallis.

Customers now can enjoy continuous digital coverage along the I-5 corridor from Cottage Grove to the Canadian border.

"Digital is the best technology available for wireless users," said Eric Papcun, branch director for Verizon Wireless in Oregon. "Now customers who live in or travel to Eugene/Springfield and Albany/Corvallis have access to digital features including enhanced call quality, longer battery life, text messaging and superior call privacy all backed by the Verizon Wireless commitment to superior 24-hour customer service."

A variety of simplified digital calling plans are now available to Eugene/Springfield and Albany/Corvallis digital users, including Verizon Wireless's new Single Rate Plans that eliminate domestic long distance and roaming charges. The new flat-rate, simplified price plans provide one of the best values in the industry for a national wireless flat-rate plan ranging from $35 per month for 150 minutes up to $150 per month for 1500 minutes.

In order to enjoy the benefits of the new digital service from Verizon Wireless, customers can choose from the new tri-mode phones available from Audiovox and Motorola or the dual-mode CDMA/analog phones available from Qualcomm, Audiovox and Samsung. Customers can find these phones and sign up for VerizonWireless calling plans at any participating authorized dealer or by calling 888/466-4646.

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.

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