News Release

Verizon Wireless Is Calling Back Flippers, Freestylers And Air Hogs

With Its Sponsorship of the Freestyling Winter X Games, Verizon Wireless' [FREEUP] is Set to Ride Into Aspen

January 29, 2003

Brenda Raney
brenda.raney@verizonwireless.com
908-306-4834

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless knows where the action is and from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, 2003, it can be found at the Winter X Games VII in Aspen, Colo. As a sponsor of the renowned extreme winter sports games, Verizon Wireless will give X Game fans a chance to compete for prizes and learn more about [FREEUP]® - the Verizon Wireless brand for all services aimed at today's young adult.

Snowboarding fans who make their way to the Verizon Wireless tent can try the newest wireless handset game -- ESPN X Games Snowboarding available through [FREEUP] Get It NowSM. While Travis Pastrana is performing back flips during the Moto X Big Air competition, enthusiasts can test their Moto X skills by playing Suzuki Motocross using Get It Now on the T720PP by Motorola.

The X Games, a free spectator event expected to draw more than 40,000 fans who come to see more than 250 of the world's top action sports athletes, is an ideal event for Verizon Wireless to showcase the services available through the [FREEUP] lifestyle brand-such as downloadable ring tones. During the X Games, viewers can test their music knowledge by playing "Guess the Ring Tone"-the fastest players win a prize. Through [FREEUP], customers can sign up for a pay-as-you-go wireless service plan with no long term contracts or credit checks.

[FREEUP] prepay bundles Verizon Wireless' award winning voice service, two-way text messaging, Mobile-to-Mobile minutes, Caller ID, international calling and voicemail, with the convenience of no monthly bills, long-term contracts, credit checks or additional fees for domestic long distance or roaming from anywhere on the nationwide [FREEUP] network.

The [FREEUP] Web site is a resource for the young or young at heart. Youthful customers can get information on the latest music trends, upcoming concerts, previews of the new Get It Now games, ring tones, cool SMS (short text messaging) lingo, new phones, service options and contests for exclusive freebies for Verizon Wireless [FREEUP] customers. By cruising over to www.freeup.com, customers get all of the hottest information in one convenient location.

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