News Release

Verizon Wireless Brings Mobile Messaging To "Bite Of Seattle"

Demo the Latest Communications Craze: Two-Way Text Swapping

June 6, 2001

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

SEATTLE, WA — Verizon Wireless is offering the thousands of visitors expected at "Bite of Seattle," the opportunity to experience Mobile MessengerSM , a new service which will allow you to stay in touch with your friends easily and discreetly by swapping messages on digital wireless phones.

Visitors to the Verizon Wireless booth at the event will have the opportunity to sample this new two-way short messaging service (SMS) that will be introduced in the Seattle area later this summer. They can also make a free long distance call to anywhere in the United States, and enter contests to win reserved seating to the Southwest Airlines Torchlight Parade and the Hydroplane Races at SeaFair.

"We are extremely proud of our unique wireless service that makes it easy to communicate with just a few keystrokes," said Kelley Kurtzman, President of Verizon Wireless' Pacific Northwest Region. "Swapping messages via wireless handsets is quickly catching on as users get accustomed to the convenience, flexibility and fun two-way text messaging offers."

Mobile Messenger increases the utility of your wireless handset by giving users two ways to communicate on their phone : talk and text. With a two-way SMS-capable handset, wireless phone users can chat quickly and inexpensively with Mobile Messenger by just tapping the keypad. Mobile Messenger is a "silent" way to keep in touch with others whether in a crowd or in a movie.

When the service is available in the Puget Sound area, there will be no need to subscribe, since any Verizon Wireless customer with a two-way SMS-capable phone can just "pay as they go" with MobileMessenger With features like intuitive spelling technology (T9) and the ability to use two-way messaging options between wireless phones, computers and personal digital assistants, staying in touch has never been easier.

"Bite" visitors can also take advantage of a national promotion from Verizon Wireless that gives new and existing customers 2,000 free weekend airtime minutes a month in their home area when they sign up for selected national, regional or local digital rate plans. The 2,000 monthly free weekend airtime minutes are available as long as customers stay on the same plan.

Consumers may drop by one of the Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the Seattle area to learn about the latest in wireless technology. Stores are located at:

  • Bellevue Square, 175 Bellevue Square, Bellevue;
  • Bellevue Downtown, 221 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue;
  • Issaquah, 690 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah;
  • Lynnwood, 4028 196th SW, Lynnwood;
  • Downtown Redmond, 16803 Redmond Way, Redmond;
  • Aurora Village, 1255 N. 205th , Seattle;
  • Seattle Downtown, 1629 Sixth Ave., Seattle;
  • Northgate Mall Kiosk, 310 Northgate Mall Way NE, Seattle;
  • Southcenter Mall Kiosk, 622 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila;
  • Uwajimaya Village Kiosk, 600 Fifth Avenue S., Seattle;
  • Everett Mall Plaza, 1405 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett.

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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