News Release

Verizon Wireless and Audiovox Announce the New CDM-8900 Camera Phone

New Camera Phone Lets Customers Hear and See the Sights and Sounds of the Holiday Season

December 10, 2003

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4834Alysia Pappas
G.S. Schwartz & Co. Inc. for Audiovox Communications Corp.
apappas@schwartz.com
212-725-4500

BEDMINSTER, NJ and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Just in time for holiday shopping and gift giving, Verizon Wireless and Audiovox Communications Corporation (ACC) announce that the CDM-8900 camera phone will be available on Friday, December 12, 2003. The Get It NowSM-enabled CDM-8900 is a compact handset (measuring just 3.3 x 1.6 x 0.9") with a built-in 300-pixel high-resolution digital camera and color screen. This sleek handset has a self-timer, brightness control and self-portrait reflector. Customers simply snap a picture with their camera phone, enter a Verizon Wireless phone number or any e-mail address, and hit send to share the photo fun with another Verizon Wireless customer, any e-mail address or virtual photo album.

Customers have the option of paying for each picture message, $0.25 for each message sent or received, plus airtime, or select from bundled picture messaging Pix Paks:

  • $2.99 per month for 20 messages, and only $0.25 for each additional message sent or received, plus airtime
  • $4.99 per month for 40 messages, and only $0.25 for each additional message sent or received, plus airtime

For a limited time, customers can sign up for two of Get It Now's most popular selections, TXT Messaging or Picture Messaging, for $4.99 monthly access with unlimited use through March 31, 2004. Customers who choose both will be billed $7.99 monthly access, a $2.00 monthly savings through March 31, 2004.

Customers can also choose from over a hundred pay-as-you-go downloadable applications that range from ring tones to games to maps and other productivity tools from Get It Now, the Verizon Wireless virtual mall. With its 65K-color, TFT, primary interior display serving as its range finder, the clamshell-styled CDM-8900 also features 32 polyphonic ring tones, a blue keypad backlight and two-way short messaging service (SMS).

"Our new CDM-8900 camera phone meets the needs of today's mobile lifestyle and provides a compact, full-featured, reliable solution for personal and business applications," said ACC President and CEO, Phillip Christopher.

The Audiovox CDM-8900 is offered for $99.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement and is available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack locations and on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. For more information on picture messaging from Verizon Wireless and to view a flash demo of the service, 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 36 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 Audiovox Corporation
Audiovox Corporation is an international leader in the marketing of cellular telephones, mobile security and entertainment systems, and consumer electronics products. The Company conducts its business through two subsidiaries and markets its products both domestically and internationally under its own brands. It also functions as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) supplier to several customers. For additional information, please visit Audiovox on the Web at http://www.audiovox.com.

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