News Release

Verizon Wireless Offers Flat-Rate, Regional Eight State Calling Plans

No Roaming or Long Distance Charges while Traveling the Midwest

December 13, 2000

Karen Smith
karen.smith@verizonwireless.com
763-595-2511

KANSAS CITY, MO — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today introduced new regional flat-rate pricing options for consumers and businesses in the Kansas and Missouri markets who want competitive, predictable regional pricing with no roaming or long distance charges. The new SingleRateSM Midwest calling plans now give Verizon Wireless customers an eight state regional calling area including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.

"Our customers in Kansas and Missouri who travel now have the option of choosing a calling plan which best meets their needs," said Kirk Golbach, President, Kansas/Missouri Region. "Consumers who travel can choose the SingleRateSM Midwest plan or our national 50 state SingleRateSM calling plan."

Traditionally, many wireless calling plans require customers to pay separate long-distance charges for incoming and outgoing calls outside the local area, and roaming charges when traveling outside the designated home area.

Verizon Wireless' SingleRateSM regional and national plans eliminate uncertainty and guarantee that customers won't be surprised by unexpected roaming and long distance charges on their monthly bill.

The new family of three flat-rate price plans provide some of the best value in the industry for a regional wireless plan beginning at just $30 per month for 150 minutes.

SingleRateSM Midwest Plans for Kansas/Missouri
Monthly Access:
Minutes Allowance:
$30
150
$40
400
$50
500

With Verizon Wireless SingleRateSM Plans and handsets, customers will have full access to the company's high quality coast-to-coast network, which covers 96 of the top 100 markets with service available to close to 90 percent of the United States population.

To take advantage of the new SingleRateSM plans, customers must use a tri-mode phone. Tri-mode handsets are available in several models at any Verizon Wireless communications store or retailer. During the holidays, Verizon Wireless is offering a "Buy One Get One Free" tri-mode digital phone promotion featuring the NOKIA 5185i for $29.99. The phone features personalized snap-on faceplates with color options.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S.with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 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 (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The 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 Bedminster, NJ, is 32,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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