News Release

Verizon Wireless Offers New Nationwide Pricing Option

June 20, 2000

Kim Ancin
914-429-3839
kimancin@bestweb.net

Kevin Moore
914-365-7212
moore1ke@bam.com

ORANGEBURG, NY — In a move to meet New York metro area customers’ seemingly insatiable appetite for flat-rate, nationwide wireless calling, Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, this week added a new 2,000-minute option to its SingleRate price plans. The new plan, priced at $200 per month, is the sixth in a family of plans that begin as low as $35 per month for 150 minutes of all-inclusive wireless calling.

Demand for SingleRate service - a popular choice for business travelers - accelerated when the company unveiled the new family of plans in concert with the launch of Verizon Wireless in April. In New York and Northern New Jersey, for example, sales of the plans nearly doubled in the first 30 days of the offering.

“New York metro area customers love the simplicity and affordability of SingleRate because it eliminates long distance and roaming charges across the country,” said Charles Hand, president of the company’s New York Metro Region. “In fact, they like it so much that they have asked us to create a service package with an even larger bundle of minutes. Now, our most talkative customers can travel the United States and achieve even greater savings while relying on Verizon Wireless’ superior coast-to-coast network.”

SingleRate is conveniently available at more than 40 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in New York and Northern New Jersey and at nearly 500 local retailers and authorized agents.

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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider 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 http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.

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