News Release

Verizon Wireless Names Degbor New Public Relations Manager in New England

July 26, 2000

Abra Degbor
781-481-1314
degboab@bam.com

WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, recently appointed J. Abra Degbor of Malden, MA Public Relations Manager for the New England Region, which encompasses Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Degbor is responsible for media outreach, directing the company's extensive community relations efforts focused on domestic violence prevention, and employee communications. She also manages the company's speaker's bureau in the New England area.

Degbor is a member of Women in Community Service, where she is a recipient of the Mary Hallaren Trailblazer award. She was previously Public Relations Manager for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. She is a graduate of Smith College (B.A.) and Emerson College (M.A.).

************

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly four 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.

####