BEDMINSTER, NJ — After growing its TXT Messaging usage 700 percent throughout the year in 2002, Verizon Wireless announced today it will continue to build upon this explosive growth movement by launching a new TXT Messaging suite of services - TXT Messaging, TXT International, TXT Alerts and TXT Communities. The craze that is silently taking the nation by storm lets customers send TXT Messages, meet new people and chat with friends, have fun and get info, plus give their wireless phone personality. TXT Messaging from Verizon Wireless keeps customers fashionably en vogue, entertained and in touch. See the new TXT Messaging suite of services at www.vtext.com.
TXT Messaging gives Verizon Wireless customers three ways to TXT - Mobile 2 Mobile, e-mail and Web 2 Mobile via www.vtext.com. Customers can even speak the international language of TXT by sending and receiving TXT Messages with friends in other countries. Stay connected on the fly with the ex-roommate in Canada, a friend in the Philippines or a relative in Puerto Rico. A list of international wireless carriers is available at TXT International at www.vtext.com. For a limited time, sending a TXT Message overseas is the same price as sending a TXT Message in the U.S.
At Verizon Wireless' TXT Messaging companion site, www.vtext.com, customers can also sign up for more than one hundred TXT Alerts to get the latest facts, sports scores, info and news. Find out if the stars are aligned for love and get a free 3-day forecast alert from The Weather Channel (through 2003.) And those who already have a screen name on MSN® Messenger or AOL Instant MessengerTM (AIM®) can chat with their instant messaging buddies using TXT Messaging. Looking to meet new people or connect with others? Check out TXT Communities to find and join thousands of existing groups or start a new group.
Want to get personal? Verizon Wireless customers can personalize their TXT experience - they can create a unique vtext.com nickname, or their own personal quick TXT messages vocabulary. While checking out vtext.com, users can also manage an address book of TXT-ers to send confirmed delivery group messages quickly or block unwanted messages from other TXT-ers - a useful feature in the event of a break up. Verizon Wireless customers can also personalize their vtext.com experience by selecting different wallpapers to reflect their mood and personal style.
Verizon Wireless TXT Messaging customers can pay as they go for $0.02 for each message received and $0.10 for each message sent, or select from bundled plans for $2.99 monthly access for 100 messages, $3.99 monthly access for 200 messages and $7.99 monthly access for 600 messages sent or received. And for a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers who sign up for the $2.99 monthly access bundle plan before April 30, 2003 get unlimited TXT Messaging and Alerts each month until June 30, 2003. After the promotional period, customers will be allowed 100 messages per month at $2.99 monthly access with additional messages charged at the pay-as-you-go rate.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 32.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.