News Release

Verizon Wireless and Ztango Team to Provide Customers First Premium SMS Content Service — Launch Ringtones and Graphics Services

Now Both Prepaid and Postpaid Verizon Wireless Customers Can Download High-quality Polyphonic Ringtones, Screen Saver Graphics and More Using The New "123" Premium SMS Content Short Code

September 9, 2003

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824Adrian McAloon
Ztango
adrian.mcaloon@ztango.com  
571-521-1016

BEDMINSTER, NJ and RESTON, VA — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider and operator of the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network, and Ztango, a leading provider of enhanced wireless messaging and multimedia services, announced today Verizon Wireless customers can now easily download both polyphonic ringtones and monophonic ringtones, using TXT messaging. The first premium SMS content for Verizon Wireless customers, Ztango offers a TXT messaging-based service that enables customers to download ringtones, images and more.

An expanded version of Verizon Wireless' popular TXT Messaging service, the Ztango- provided TXT Ringtones and TXT Graphics services enable customers with non-Get It NowSM—enabled phones to customize their phones with high-quality polyphonic ringtones and screen saver graphics. Polyphonic ringtones are characterized by a more realistic and richer sound, as they play multiple notes at once and more closely imitate the full music recording.

Verizon Wireless customers can register to use TXT Ringtones online at www.vtext.com or www.freeup.com. Once registered, TXT-ers can preview and download ringtones, create a content "Wish List," review and manage purchases using the "My Downloads" function and even customize the color and design of their very own Web interface.

"Ztango's quality content and integrated billing approach fills a need for our customers with value-priced handsets who want access to the latest ringtones and graphical content," said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless data and multimedia services for Verizon Wireless. "As Verizon Wireless continues to lead the industry, premium data services are another way for our customers to embrace wireless phones as integrated communication devices."

"Verizon Wireless continues to simplify and enhance wireless content access," said Mark Caron, chief executive officer of Ztango. "Verizon Wireless' commitment to delivering the highest quality service to its customers as well as its leadership in the U.S. messaging industry represent a strong endorsement of Ztango's innovation and reliability. We look forward to providing additional premium SMS content services for Verizon Wireless in the future."

TXT Ringtones is available for select new Verizon Wireless phones, including the Kyocera 2325 ($19.99) and the all-new Push to Talk-enabled Motorola V60p ($149.99); all prices are with a two-year Customer Agreement. Each downloaded ring tone is $0.99 (for monophonic) or $1.99 (for polyphonic), which will appear on the customer's bill or deducted from [FREEUP] prepay customers' existing credit. For more information or to determine if TXT Ringtones and TXT Graphics are available for a specific wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN, or stop in at any of 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.

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 Ztango
Ztango is a leading provider of enhanced wireless services. Ztango develops and manages a set of innovative wireless multimedia and messaging services that can be quickly and efficiently deployed. Leveraging its integrated software solutions, network operations and customer care center, Ztango services are utilized by carriers representing over 70% of the U.S. wireless marketplace. Ztango's customers immediately profit from services that leverage the explosive growth of wireless multimedia and messaging. For more information, visit www.ztango.com.

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