News Release

New Yorkers Can Tell Mom She Is GR8 On Mother's Day

Mobile MessengerSM Text Messaging Offers Customers New Options To Remember Mom

May 2, 2002

Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

David Samberg
david.samberg@verizonwireless.com
845-365-7212

ORANGEBURG, NY — UR a GR8 Mom - that's the text message from sons and daughters nationwide this Mother's Day. The latest communications craze, text messaging, offers just the right service for the perpetual procrastinator who didn't manage to get a gift or the dutiful offspring who just wants to add an extra smile to Mom's day when she reads an affectionate message on her wireless phone.

Text messaging is the next big thing in wireless communications and Mother's Day presents the perfect opportunity for you to join a growing trend. Seventy five billion text messages, Ananova reports, have been sent worldwide in the past three months. Among them were Verizon Wireless customers who sent and received 86 percent more text messages last quarter than during the 4th quarter 2001.

Verizon Wireless customers coast-to-coast can show Mom they care by sending her a text message with Mobile MessengerSM, the company's short messaging service (SMS) that lets customers with digital wireless phones that are two-way messaging capable send and receive text messages to and from most other wireless customers in the United States. There's no need to remember a special password or memorize another e-mail address; customers only need to know the recipient's 10-digit mobile phone number to send a text message.

Mobile MessengerSM is a fun, fast and affordable way to send Mom a thoughtful message, not just on Mother's Day but all year round. Sending a text message is a convenient and discreet way to reach Mom - or anyone - immediately when it's inappropriate to talk or easier than having a voice conversation. Messages can be sent from a mobile phone to a mobile phone, from any Internet e-mail address to a mobile phone, or from www.vtext.com, Verizon Wireless' text messaging companion website, to a mobile phone.

Creative Text Message Ideas for Mom:

  • Kisses 4 U
  • I luv U
  • #1 Mom
  • Thanks 4 Bing my Mom
  • U R the Best
  • Luv U lots
  • XOXOXO
  • :-) Mother's Day
  • :-( W/O U
  • Happy M-day

Verizon Wireless customers with two-way text messaging-capable wireless phones and digital service can just "pay as they go" with Mobile Messenger. Sent messages are 10 cents each and received messages are 2 cents each. For messaging enthusiasts, the company offers three Mobile Messenger bundled plans: 100 sent or received messages for $2.99 per month; 200 sent or received messages for $3.99 per month; and 600 sent or received messages for $7.99 per month. Extra messages sent are 10 cents each and received messages are 2 cents each. For more information about Mobile Messenger two-way text messaging or text messaging enabled handsets, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store or call 1-800-779-5613.

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