News Release

Verizon Wireless TXT Customers Join The Multi-Language Texting World Of blah!

Verizon Wireless Customers Chat and Interact with Others in the United States and Latin America

May 12, 2003

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4834Jim Burke
Edelman for blah!
Jim.Burke@edelman.com  
305-358-5299

BEDMINSTER, NJ and MIAMI, FL — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, and blah!, the largest wireless "infotainment" provider in Latin America today announced that Verizon Wireless is the first U.S. wireless provider to join blah!'s multi-language mobile chat service. The new, cool interactive service enables English, Spanish and Portuguese speaking customers of Verizon Wireless to chat and play games one-on-one in a unique virtual community using Verizon Wireless TXT Messaging service. With blah!, Verizon Wireless customers have access to the 2 million users in the blah! community throughout Latin America.

To register, Verizon Wireless customers create a text message on their wireless phone using REG as the message content and 777 as the telephone number. Once registered, customers can search and chat with others nationally or internationally or play interactive games such as futblah!, a one-on-one soccer penalty shoot-out game where they challenge other players or have the system match them up.

"Verizon Wireless continues to offer new and exciting data services and blah! provides our mobile community with a fun pathway into Latin America," said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless data and multimedia services for Verizon Wireless. "blah!, coupled with the technology of Verizon Wireless TXT Messaging, provides an entirely new TXT experience for customers."

"We are excited that Verizon Wireless has joined the blah! community," said Federico Pisani Massamormile, blah! CEO. "Becoming part of blah! enables Verizon Wireless to provide its subscribers cool new services, and makes them part of a global community for the mobile youth. For blah!, this validates the industry's interest in our unique offering."

Verizon Wireless customers must subscribe to TXT Messaging to access blah! With TXT Messaging, customers 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 per month for 100 messages, $3.99 per month for 200 messages and $7.99 per month for 600 messages sent or received. Verizon Wireless Prepay service customers can also join the excitement - prepay customers with text messaging-capable phones can send and receive messages for just $0.05 each. To learn more about blah! for Verizon Wireless customers, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/blah.

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 blah!
blah! is the leading provider of cool and exciting "infotainment" products for wireless carriers in Latin America, focused on the mobile youth. blah! serves a community of 2 million users of 11 wireless carriers in 7 countries. Created in June, 2000 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, blah! is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM). For more information about blah!, please visit www.blah.com.

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