News Release

Verizon Wireless Delivers the Latest CNN News Right to Customers' Wireless Phones

New CNN and CNN/Money TXT Alerts Provide the Day's Most Important News

June 2, 2004

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824Edna Johnson
CNN
edna.johnson@turner.com
404-827-2157

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, today announced that Verizon Wireless customers with TXT Messaging capable phones can sign up to receive news alerts from world renowned news source, CNN.com. CNN News TXT alerts offer breaking news and top stories, connecting Verizon Wireless customers with the latest headlines from around the world and providing fast notification of breaking and developing news directly from CNN's world headquarters. CNN/Money TXT alerts deliver up-to-date business and financial news from the editors of CNN/fn and Money magazine.

To register, Verizon Wireless customers can simply login to www.vtext.com, Verizon Wireless' companion Web site, or www.freeup.com and select which CNN news alerts they wish to receive to stay up-to-date on breaking news or top business and financial headlines as the news happens. News-savvy customers can choose from 10 CNN News programs:

  • Breaking News
  • Priority Alerts (The highest level of breaking news alerts, which are sent by priority as "push" alerts.)
  • Top Stories
  • World News
  • Regional News — Africa
  • Regional News — Americas
  • Regional News — Asia · Regional News — Europe
  • Regional News — Middle East
  • Regional News — U.S.
  • CNN/Money

Verizon Wireless customers can also further define the type of stories they receive. By entering a keyword, customers receive alerts only when news contains that keyword.

"Verizon Wireless customers are always on the go, and we want to make sure that people are not missing important, possibly vital news that can impact their daily lives," said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless Internet and multimedia services for Verizon Wireless. "The CNN and CNN/Money TXT Alerts are a simple and affordable resource for our customers to receive news updates virtually wherever they are by delivering the information right to their handsets."

Verizon Wireless customers can pay as they go for TXT Alerts, which are just $0.02 for each message received or select from several bundled plans, including $2.99 per month for 100 messages, $4.99 per month for 250 messages and $9.99 per month for 1,000 messages sent or received.

Verizon Wireless products and services are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating Circuit City and RadioShack 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 The CNN News Group
CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world's most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to 15 cable and satellite television networks; two private place-based networks; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; eight Web sites, including CNN.com, the first major news and information Web site; and CNN Newsource, the world's most extensively syndicated news service

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