News Release

Verizon Wireless Offers Free Weekends, Nationwide Long Distance on Local Calling Plans (Minneapolis)

September 7, 2000

Patti Finley
Verizon Wireless
(425) 603-7503
Patti.Finley@VerizonWireless.com

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless company, today announced new local digital calling plans that include free weekends for life and nationwide long distance, giving customers some of the best local and regional digital calling plans available.

"Our research shows that while Midwest customers do most of their travel within their home state, they want the freedom to call anywhere in the U.S.," said Lance Rusco, acting president for Verizon Wireless in the Midwest Region, which includes Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. "Now, customers are getting what they want with digital calling plans targeted to their local area that include some of the benefits of our national SingleRate plan. With free weekends for life and free long distance, customers can easily keep in touch no matter where their family and friends live in the U.S."

The new Digital Choice plans include free weekends and free nationwide long distance when calling from a home service area. The plans available in Minneapolis, Iowa and Nebraska are 500 minutes for $35 per month or 750 minutes for $55 per month. Verizon Wireless also is offering a new entry level regional calling plan that includes no roaming charges, free long distance, 150 anytime minutes for $30 per month when traveling in your home region. Customers can sign up for these plans beginning September 8 at any Verizon Wireless Communications store or by calling 1-888-466-4646. A two-year service agreement is required.

"Verizon Wireless gives customers superior network coverage and quality at a better price," said Rusco. "As the number one wireless provider in the U.S., we have the ability to provide customers with variety and choice, competitive calling plans, the latest innovative products and services, and superior coverage."

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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 3.4 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 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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