News Release

Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile MessengerSM Coast to Coast

Consumers Now Have Two Choices in How They Use Their Phones to Communicate: Talk and Text

February 4, 2001

Jeffrey Nelson
jeffrey.nelson@verizonwireless.com
908-306-4824

Andrea Linskey
andrea.linskey@verizonwireless.com
908-306-7845

Bedminster, NJ — Beginning today, Verizon Wireless customers in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington D.C., plus more than 200 additional markets, can enjoy Mobile MessengerSM, the company's new two-way text messaging service.

Verizon Wireless customers coast to coast can join in an emerging communications craze - staying in touch easily and quietly by swapping messages via their digital wireless handsets.

Mobile Messenger is fun, fast, discreet and inexpensive. It increases the utility of wireless handsets by giving consumers two choices in how they use their phones to communicate: talk and text. Messages can be sent from another Verizon Wireless two-way messaging-capable handset, any Internet e-mail address or from www.msg.myvzw.com.

Customers can send and receive short 120 character messages quickly with Mobile Messenger by just tapping the keypad. Mobile Messenger offers a way to keep in touch with others whether in the movies, at the mall, in a restaurant, or in a meeting.

"Swapping messages via wireless handsets is quickly catching on as users get accustomed to the convenience, flexibility and enjoyment two-way text messaging offers," said Gary Schulman, Verizon Wireless' president of wireless data and internet services. "Mobile Messenger is fun and functional, giving users the choice of keeping in touch without having a long conversation."

There's no need to subscribe to the service, since any Verizon Wireless customer with a two-way text messaging-capable phone can just "pay as they go" with Mobile Messenger. Verizon Wireless is currently featuring the new Kyocera QCP 2035a, which has Mobile Messenger capabilities.

For those messaging enthusiasts, the company also offers two Mobile Messenger packages, one priced at $2.99 for 100 received or sent messages; and the second priced at $7.99 for 600 received or sent messages. Additional messages sent cost just 10 cents and received messages cost 2 cents per message.

To introduce Mobile Messenger to customers, Verizon Wireless will waive all messaging fees until April 1, 2001. Verizon Wireless will introduce Mobile Messenger in additional markets over the next few months.

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VERIZON WIRELESS OFFERS TIPS FOR "TEXT TALKING"

"Swapping messages via wireless phones is quickly catching on as users get accustomed to the convenience, flexibility and enjoyment two-way text messaging offers," said Gary Schulman, Verizon Wireless' president of wireless data and internet services "In fact, the language of text messaging is quickly becoming a language all its own."

Verizon Wireless offers these helpful abbreviations to speed the process of text talking.

Are R Too, to, two 2
Are you OK? RU OK Today 2Day
Be B You U
Before B4 See C
Be seeing you BCNU Talk to you later TTYL
For, four 4 Your YR

In addition, savvy text talkers can use abbreviations for entire sentences, such as:

Where have you been? WERV U BIN
Where are you? WER R U
Will I speak to you later? WILL SPK 2U L8R
What you see is what you get. WTU C IS WTU GT

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