News Release

Call Mexico from Texas for Just a Dime a Minute on Verizon Wireless

Customers Can Make Unlimited Calls Until August 31

July 23, 2003

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
817-258-1980Lora Friedrichsen
For Verizon Wireless
LFriedrichsen@golinharris.com  
972-308-9138

DALLAS, TX — As part of a new initiative aimed directly at serving the needs of its expanding Hispanic customer base in Texas, Verizon Wireless recently announced a new, high-value offer for calls to Mexico — just 10 cents a minute when calling from the Verizon Wireless Call Mexico rate area.

This new service option is available immediately for both new and existing Verizon Wireless customers. Customers who add this feature today will be able to make unlimited calls from Texas to Mexico through August 31 for only $2.99 monthly access plus 10 cents a minute airtime charges.

"We're thrilled to make it even easier to stay in touch with family and friends in Mexico. Affordable phone calls to Mexico are vital to many Texans and this offer will provide customers a less expensive alternative to make those important calls," said Gary Riding, Verizon Wireless region president. "It is just another way we are working aggressively to meet the needs of our diverse customer base."

With rates as low or lower than other wireless and long distance to Mexico rates, Verizon Wireless customers with an average long distance bill to Mexico of 45 minutes per month can save up to $13 per month using Verizon Wireless' Call Mexico plan. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers can save at least 17 perent per month over their current long distance charges at $0.20 per minute.

In addition to the new, more affordable calling rates to Mexico, Verizon Wireless products and services targeted specifically to Spanish speakers include:

  • Spanish-language Web site: www.verizonwireless.com/espanol  
  • Spanish directory assistance (411) across Texas
  • Stores with Spanish speaking representatives highlighted in advertising
  • Get It NowSM Latin ring tones — Modtones under "Latin Garage"
  • Voicemail in Spanish
  • Expanded roaming throughout Mexico
  • blah! the Spanish, Portuguese and English chat that links Verizon Wireless customers to 1.8 million users throughout Latin America

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.  

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