News Release

Verizon Wireless Debuts Singlerate Southwest

Calls to Anywhere in U.S. Free of Roaming, Long-Distance Charges From Four State Area with New Rate Plan

July 13, 2000

Lisa Lange
817-258-1283

Jeanne Mathews
817-258-6713

Dallas — Verizon Wireless is now offering SingleRatesm Southwest, new flat-rate digital wireless service price plans that bring the benefits of the company's no-roaming, no-long-distance national SingleRate plans to consumers making most of their calls from the four-state area of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana.

With SingleRate Southwest, all calls made from the four-state region to anywhere in the country are free of roaming and long-distance charges. The plans offer aggressive pricing starting at 150 minutes per month for $30 up to 2,000 minutes per month for $170. The plan includes Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and Three-Way Calling.

Also available is the new Call Texassm Plan. In addition to an enhanced local calling, statewide long-distance is included. The plan offers aggressive pricing starting at 150 minutes per month for $25 up to 2000 minutes per month for $125. The plan includes Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and Three-Way Calling.

"These are the first of our region's aggressive new price plans made possible by the recent joint venture creating Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless provider in the country. Consumers will now find our service even more affordable. They can choose a rate plan based on the coverage they need," stated Jeanne Mathews, Marketing Director for the Dallas-Fort Worth Region.

SingleRate Southwest

150
minutes
400
minutes
600
minutes
900
minutes
1500
minutes
2000
minutes
$30 $45 $60 $85 $135 $170

Call Texas

150
minutes
400
minutes
600
minutes
900
minutes
1500
minutes
2000
minutes
$25 $35 $45 $65 $100 $125


About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 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), Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD), and GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has 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: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.

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