News Release

Verizon Wireless Accessory Buzz is a One-Stop Resource for Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Web Site Offers the Latest in Hip Products for Personalizing Wireless Phones

December 16, 2003

Brian Wood
Brian.Wood@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-7901

BEDMINSTER, NJ — For last-minute shoppers who would prefer to surf for holiday gifts rather than join the masses at the mall, Verizon Wireless has launched a new web site that is full of gift ideas and stocking stuffers for everyone on your shopping list. Accessory Buzz from Verizon Wireless is an online resource for countless fun and functional wireless phone accessories that can help holiday shoppers enhance and customize their loved ones' mobile experiences. Orders placed by December 21st will be delivered in time for the holidays.

More than 152 million Americans own a wireless phone, and according to The Yankee Group, wireless accessory sales have increased 10% over the past year. Anticipating this trend to continue, Verizon Wireless' Accessory Buzz features the latest faceplates, headsets, carrying cases and more, compatible with most carriers' service and with handsets from the top manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia and Samsung. A recent forecast from IDC research reported that 60.9% of customers between the ages of 20 and 24 own a wireless phone. Recognizing that many trends start with the youth segment, Verizon Wireless developed Accessory Buzz to provide an environment that appeals to this demographic as well as others.

"We've found that many wireless customers are utilizing their phone in every aspect of daily life and are having fun with it. They are downloading games and ring tones, surfing the Web, and are even using them as a way to express their personality. Accessory Buzz specifically caters to this growing demand, offering great holiday gifts from the nation's top manufacturers," said John Stratton, chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless. "Since only accessory compatibility matters with the handset, we invite customers of any carrier to the site to shop for phone add-ons."

Accessory Buzz serves as a complement to Verizon Wireless' already existing online store, where customers can purchase wireless phones, service and accessories, and broadens the customer's selection. Accessory Buzz currently supports over 50 various handsets and offers more than 500 accessories for those handsets, with more added all the time. Customers can find colorful and creative faceplates featuring their favorite sports team or designs to match their outfit, and stylish headsets, like SkullCandy, which combines a headset that works with your wireless handset and most portable audio devices or your laptop computer.

The Monthly Buzz section of the site highlights the hottest products available on Accessory Buzz each month. For December, customers can grab the pigskin and get ready to score, because NFL team faceplates are hitting the field. Look for the wide selection of Valentine's Day faceplates available in early January.

Accessory Buzz is available online through the Verizon Wireless Web site at www.VerizonWireless.com under "Start Shopping" and then by clicking on "Browse Accessories", or at www.FREEUP.com by clicking on "Shop" and then "Accessories." [FREEUP]® bundles award winning voice service, two-way text messaging, Caller ID, international calling and voicemail, with no monthly bills, long-term contracts, credit checks or additional fees for domestic long distance or roaming from anywhere on the [FREEUP] network.

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.

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