News Release

Verizon Wireless Customers Satisfy Their Need For Speed

dwango Racing Game Now Available on Get It Now from Verizon Wireless

September 9, 2003

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824Jessica Kuhn
Dwango North America
jessica@dwango.com
713-914-9600

Laurie Pennino
For dwango wireless
lp@penninoandpartners.com
281-286-9398
713-419-1776 mobile

BEDMINSTER, NJ and HOUSTON — Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network, today announced that Get It NowSM customers can satisfy their need for speed and precision handling with dwango Racing from dwango wireless, a leading developer and publisher of wireless applications and technology. With dwango Racing, players can select one of three car options and race against seven different, highly competitive rivals.

The release of dwango Racing follows the recent launch of dwango's STAR EXCEEDTM game for Get It Now customers. Get It Now from Verizon Wireless is a virtual store with hundreds of applications available for download over the air — without hooking up to a PC or visiting a Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

dwango Racing players strive to be the first to cross the finish line by using nitro boosts and carefully avoiding obstacles. When competitors beat their rivals, they advance to the next racetrack, with a total of eight different tracks in the game. dwango Racing is available in the Fun & Games shopping aisle under the getGAMES section of Get It Now. Other shopping aisles include Messaging, Info and Flix & Pix.

"We are happy to have our second title available for Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers," said Robert E. "dwangobob" Huntley, founder and chief executive officer of Dwango North America, Inc. "dwango Racing gives gaming fans the control to create a new customized game each time they play. Gamers can choose from three different vehicle options for the eight racetracks. The unique racing strategies of the seven rivals will keep them on the edge of their seats."

"Car racing games have always been a favorite in arcades and we expect dwango Racing to be very popular," said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless Internet and multimedia services for Verizon Wireless. "Get It Now brings the arcade experience, minus the crowds and strobe lights, right to your wireless phone — it's like being a kid again."

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. Get It Now customers can download a free five-use demo of dwango Racing or choose $6.25 for unlimited use access. Customers need a select Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store. Get It Now phones are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack and Circuit City locations, or on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. For more information about Get It Now, visit www.verizonwireless.com/getitnow.  

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.

About Dwango North America and dwango wireless
Dwango North America is based in Houston. dwango wireless, the Seattle-based software development center for Dwango North America, develops and publishes wireless applications and technology for users of next-generation mobile devices. Dwango North America has an exclusive North American license for all of Dwango Co. Ltd.of Japan's current and future wireless intellectual property. Dwango North America Inc. is capitalizing on Dwango Co. Ltd's expertise and experience as a leader in the Japanese ringtone, media and mobile games market to build similar offerings for the rapidly growing North American market. For more information on Dwango North America and dwango wireless, please visit www.dwango.com or call 713.914.9600.

dwango is a registered trademark of Dwango Co., Ltd. dwango Racing and STAR EXCEED are trademarks of Dwango North America, Inc.

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