News Release

Verizon Wireless Links Boaters To Coast Guard

Don't cast off without your wireless phone

May 1, 2001

Susan Shepard
susan.shepard@verizonwireless.com
503-408-2008

SEATTLE, WA — With the official arrival of a new boating season on May 5, Verizon Wireless reminds boaters that it offers its customers a direct connection to the U.S. or Canadian Coast Guard by dialing *CG (*24) from their Verizon Wireless phone. There is no access fee to use *CG. Airtime is deducted from customers' calling plan bundle.

"While VHF-FM maritime channel 16 should be used as the primary means for reporting an emergency," said Kelley DeLaney, Verizon Wireless regional president. "Our extensive marine coverage gives boaters another reliable means of communication while on the water that increases convenience and enhances safety and security. Boaters can use *CG to get help if there is an emergency, or to pass along information about a navigational hazard that could endanger boats."

Just as wireless users are encouraged to exercise caution when driving and dialing onshore, boaters should keep safety in mind when navigating and dialing. To recognize National Safe Boating Week, May 19 through May 25, Verizon Wireless asks all boaters to think "safety," by following these tips:

  • Safe boating is your first priority.
  • Make sure your phone is positioned where it is easy to see and reach.
  • Use the speed dialing features on your phone to program frequently called numbers.
  • Let your wireless network's voice mail pick up your calls when you're unable to answer the phone. If you're heading into a navigational hazard, it's easy to retrieve your messages later.
  • Use your wireless phone to notify those on shore of your whereabouts and destination.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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