News Release

Verizon Wireless Prepaid Packages Now Available at All Wilson Farms Stores

Prepaid Wireless Service to be Sold at 204 Locations Across Upstate New York

August 8, 2000

John O'Malley
(716) 321-7264

Jill Lyon
(315) 233-3000

Rochester, NY — Wilson Farms will now sell Verizon Wireless' prepaid wireless phone kits and cards at 87 additional store locations making them available at all 204 Wilson Farms stores across Upstate New York.

Wilson Farms has sold Verizon Wireless prepaid service in its Western New York stores since June 1999.

"We're pleased that Wilson Farms has elected to offer our prepaid wireless service to all of its customers," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York region. "This partnership allows Verizon Wireless to ensure customers have easy access to wireless service and the ability to add airtime to their account whenever they need to."

Verizon Wireless prepaid wireless packages, which include a wireless phone, a $30 prepaid calling card and free activation will be available at the stores for $99.95. Customers will also be able to purchase additional prepaid wireless cards in increments of $15, $30, $50 and $100.

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. and GTE Corp --now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). 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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