News Release

Verizon Wireless and Procter & Gamble Team on Innovative Wireless Internet Application

Application Enhances Innovation 2000 Event For 500 Executives

June 13, 2000

Andrea A. Linskey
908-306-7845

CINCINNATI — Verizon Wireless and Procter & Gamble (P&G) today announced a joint effort to demonstrate the potential of wireless Internet services to provide productivity enhancing applications to the business community. The application will be featured at P&G's Innovation 2000 event being held June 13th through 15th in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The wireless Internet application will be provided to 500 P&G executives during the event. Using Verizon Wireless phones, the participants will have the ability to manage information while attending the conference, enabling them to get the most out of the event. For example, participants will have the ability to send and receive email and schedule events during the conference. They will also have access to information about the event, company news and press releases, even the corporate phone directory. Visiting participants will be able to find Cincinnati weather information, the P&G stock price, and the Verizon Wireless public Internet portal, all from the screen of their wireless phone.

Verizon Wireless worked with P&G to deliver the application through Verizon's Wireless Internet service, which launched March 15th in Cincinnati. Verizon Wireless also provided the Web-enabled wireless phones for the event.

Procter & Gamble's Innovation 2000 is a technology trade show at providing an innovation showcase and environment in which technology connections can be made.

The event will be attended by up to 5,000 people from P&G's Global Research & Development organization, market and consumer researchers, business leaders and general managers.

Innovation 2000 is the largest exposition of leading-edge technologies ever sponsored by the Company. Exhibitors will demonstrate and deal their ideas in a technology marketplace with the goal of creating connections and innovations that will advance P&G's business either in the form of commercial technologies or major product upgrade opportunities.

Participants include 77 exhibits by P&G businesses and organizations, demonstrating everything from water filtration and purification techniques to robotics automation and prototyping. In addition, 47 exhibits by outside technology sources will include ground-breaking work by universities and government laboratories.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provide in the U.S. with more than 18 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless company 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. 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. Headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more Verizon Wireless information at www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.

About Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble markets approximately 300 brands to nearly five billion consumers in over 140 countries. This includes Tide, Ariel, Crest, Pantene Pro-V, Always, Whisper, Pringles, Pampers, Oil of Olay, Vicks and Didronel. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, P&G has operations in over 70 countries and employs more than 110,000 employees worldwide.

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