News Release

Verizon Wireless Debuts Next-Generation Smartphone

April 29, 2003

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4834

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, today announced the Kyocera 7135 Smartphone, the widely anticipated successor to the QCPTM 6035 Smartphone, is available in Verizon Wireless' 1,200 Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. The Kyocera 7135 from Verizon Wireless is a compact, clamshell convergent device, rich with functionality. Hot off the runway, the Kyocera 7135 is Express NetworkSM-enabled, has a high-resolution screen with 65,000 colors, and an MP3 player.

For someone who relies on wireless communication to stay in touch, the Kyocera 7135 incorporates a speakerphone and voice-activated dialing to make hands-free voice conversations easy to manage. Those who like to communicate discreetly and quietly will appreciate the silent vibrating alert and two-way text messaging capabilities to use Verizon Wireless' TXT Messaging service. Road warriors who depend on e-mail will rely on the 7135 to provide a wireless high-speed connection to e-mail. Palm OS fans will value the thousands of Palm OS applications that can be accessed from the 7135.

For $499.99 with a two-year contract, customers can purchase the Kyocera 7135 and start living with the freedom of having access to multiple voice and data capabilities in one device.

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 33.3 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.

About HopeLineSM
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to the new Kyocera 7135 to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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