News Release

Verizon Wireless and Samsung Let Customers Do the Talking with the Introduction of the SCH-a650

Innovative Phone Features Enhanced Messaging and Voice-Activated Dialing

May 27, 2004

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4834Kari Strieber
Publicis Dialog for Samsung
kari.streiber@publicis-usa.com
972-628-7757

BEDMINSTER, NJ and DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America announce the SCH-a650, the newest Samsung wireless phone available to Verizon Wireless customers beginning May 28. The Samsung SCH-a650 features Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS), enlivening the phone's TXT messaging capabilities with animation, images, icons and sound.

Say goodbye to traditional dialing by using voice-activated dialing to call family and friends. The SCH-a650 allows customers to summon 20 phone numbers using the sound of their voice.  In addition, customers can keep their lives in order with the SCH-a650's built-in organizer. Productivity tools include a scheduler, to-do list, memo pad, alarm clock, and calculator. Call management tools include a phone book, call logs, caller ID and voice mail.

The SCH-a650 is Get It Now®-enabled, offering new games, wallpapers, ringtones and productivity tools to download from the Get It Now virtual store. Applications can be downloaded over the air, without hooking up to a PC or going into a Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

The SCH-a650 is a lightweight, clamshell phone, measuring only 3.3 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches with a standard battery and unique features. For example, when the phone rings, customers can press any key to answer. Additional functions include a directional navigation key, power-save mode, vibration alert, 16 polyphonic ringtones, bilingual text display, customizable banner greeting and backlit keypad control options.

Verizon Wireless offers the SCH-a650 for $79.99 with a two-year customer agreement after a mail-in rebate or $129.99 with a one-year customer agreement after a mail-in rebate. Verizon Wireless products and services are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, participating RadioShack and Circuit City locations and on the Web at 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 39 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. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.  

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, see STA's website at www.samsungusa.com/wireless. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 70,000 people in 87 offices spanning 47 countries. The company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses. For more information, please visit http://www.samsungusa.com.  

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