News Release

Lord Of The Rings Fans Connect With Verizon Wireless For Savings, Games And Exclusive Movie Information

Customers Can Shop for the Coolest LOTR Gear with Mobile Web by VZW with MSN

January 22, 2003

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

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider and a leader in mobile data, is celebrating The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by offering savings at the official online The Lord of the Rings Store on purchases made via Mobile Web by VZW with MSN®. Fans of the motion picture trilogy can also play games, get "behind-the-scenes" information and read about the people and cultures of Middle-earth using this wireless Internet service.

To surf the official The Lord of the Rings wireless Web site, which is chock full of "behind-the-scenes" information and games, customers simply launch the mobile Internet service on their Verizon Wireless handset and click on "Entertainment." In addition to saving five percent on purchases, visitors can also find out how star Liv Tyler got her start, learn about the mystical location, get the scoop on filming bloopers, and test their knowledge about Hobbits and Elves. Users can even find movie schedules for local theaters.

Verizon Wireless customers who sign up now through February 28, 2003 will pay just $4.99 per month for Mobile Web by VZW with MSN until March 31, 2003. The offer also includes 100 text messages per month. Additional text messages are $0.02 for each message received and $0.10 for each message sent. This service offers access to popular customizable MSN content including text alerts on the companion Web site, vzw.msn.com.

Mobile Web by VZW with MSN is just one way Verizon Wireless helps bring the latest chapter of the motion picture trilogy to The Lord of the Rings fans. Verizon Wireless customers with two-way text-messaging capable phones can also participate in two The Lord of the Rings text messaging contests through vtext.com. The Quest for Knowledge is a trivia game that tests fans' knowledge of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie, while The Two Towers Hidden Message game sends scrambled messages to the player's phone each day. Both contests run through January 31, 2003 and all participants are automatically entered to win The Lord of the Rings prize packages and the latest Verizon Wireless phones. No purchase is necessary and entrants must be at least 18 years old. For official rules and additional details, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lotr.

The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, and the names of the characters, events, items and places therein, are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

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