News Release

Gear Up for Back to School with Customized Service from Verizon Wireless

College Students Can Choose The Right Wireless Plan and Enter To Win Prizes Totaling a Million Prepay Minutes In Time For Back to School

August 10, 2003

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

BEDMINSTER, NJ — As college students prepare for the fall semester, it's a great time to help them select the right wireless service so they can stay in touch while away from home. Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider and operator of the best wireless network in the country, offers a variety of services perfect for any college student - including monthly service plans, [FREEUP]® prepay wireless service, and fun extras like TXT, picture messaging and Get It NowSM games, ring tones, productivity applications and more.

More and more college students are choosing simplicity by going completely wireless in lieu of a landline phone, giving them freedom to stay in touch anytime, anywhere. Students can choose a monthly plan to fit their calling styles or [FREEUP] prepay wireless service, a perfect option for students who are learning to balance a budget.

America's ChoiceSM, with plans starting at $34.99, lets students call anywhere coast to coast from anywhere on the extensive America's Choice network with no roaming or domestic long distance charges. [FREEUP] offers many of the benefits of a monthly plan including the nation's best wireless network, free domestic long distance and TXT messaging in an easy-to-understand prepaid service without monthly bills or credit checks. It's easy to [REUP], or replenish, a [FREEUP] card online at www.freeup.com, and even more enticing with the Verizon Wireless Million Prepay Minutes Sweepstakes. From now until September 29, 2003, every time customers purchase a $30 or higher [REUP] card online they are automatically entered to win one of 100 prizes of 10,000 prepay minutes. For details including how to enter, visit www.verizonwireless.com/MillionMinutes.  

From TXT and picture messaging to games to ring tones, Verizon Wireless gives customers a wide array of options to customize and personalize their wireless service. The Get It Now virtual store offers TXT and picture messaging, games, information services and more, turning a phone into a mobile entertainment and productivity device.

College students can save time with Get It Now getGOING productivity tools including news, weather, expense trackers and movie times. After class or a tough exam, they can relax with games and entertainment from getGAMES including JAMDAT Bowling, Speed Blackjack and ESPN Two Minute Drill.

Another way to get the most out of the college experience is to capture those special moments with Verizon Wireless' picture messaging service, which lets customers with a camera phone take and send photos. It's fun and easy to share photos from the big game or a hot party. Just point, click and send to a friends' Verizon Wireless camera phone or computer e-mail address, or store the photos to view and share in a personal Pix Place at www.vzwpix.com. Picture messaging from Verizon Wireless is convenient, intuitive and easy to follow, requiring just a few easy clicks.

Students can also take advantage of the hottest trend in wireless with getTXT to set up study times (MEET U N LIB 4 ENG101), stay in the social scene (BASH@SIGEP 2NITE) or flirt with a classmate (HI SXY ;)).

Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.

The Worry Free GuaranteeSM from Verizon Wireless lets college students rest assured they have the right wireless option with a money back guarantee on all wireless equipment and the option of changing plans if customers are not satisfied after 15 days, without paying penalties or termination fees.

Verizon Wireless' customer service representatives help customers find their perfect wireless match and customize the service that is right for them. Visit any of more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores or participating RadioShack locations, www.VerizonWireless.com or call 1-800-2-JOIN IN for more information. To find the nearest store, visit www.VerizonWireless.com.  

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 34.6 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 Get It Now
Get It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones. getTXT, getIM and getEMAIL help customers stay in touch and communicate with others. getGAMES keeps customers entertained, while getGOING applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more. View and share digital photos with getPIX, check out Web cams with getFLIX or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with getTONES. getALERTS keeps customers informed while getBROWSING lets them access the Web from their wireless phone.

####