News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds Baja California Cellular Roaming Access

July 16, 2000

Lillian Sale
RLR/Jarrin
626-440-0321
626-796-5634 (fax)

IRVINE, Calif. — Verizon Wireless customers in Southern California can now use their cellular phones in Baja California, reports Nick Montes, Manager of Hispanic Marketing for Verizon Wireless. The company's new Baja roaming service allows customers to place and receive calls in major cities throughout Baja California, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.

"Our customers have asked for cellular access in Baja California, so we developed a roaming agreement with a Mexico-based wireless provider to enable us to offer this service at a competitive rate of 60 cents per minute, plus long distance charges," says Montes.

"With the growing number of golf resorts, sport fishing tours, and other attractions in Baja, more and more people are traveling south of the border for weekend or vacation getaways. And of course many of our customers have family and friends living in Baja California. Now they can enjoy the convenience and safety of using their Verizon Wireless cellular phones for personal and business calls within Baja as well as to the United States. All our customers need to do is contact Customer Care for activation," he adds.

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.

Editor's Note

Verizon Wireless, formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp., Vodafone AirTouch Plc, and GTE Corp., incorporates the former AirTouch Cellular properties in Southern California.

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