News Release

Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0 Customers Won't Get Caught in the Rain, Sleet or Snow with Weathernews' Global Weather Information

Subscribers Can Access Immediate Weather Information and Updates Right From Their Wireless Phones

June 30, 2004

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824Heather Nevesky
RLM Public Relations
Heather@rlmpr.com
310-207-9200, ext. 113

BEDMINSTER, NJ and SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, announced today that Weathernews' distinctive weather content is available on Mobile Web 2.0 SM -- Verizon Wireless' new service that gives customers the latest news, sports, weather, entertainment, business and shopping information at their fingertips. Verizon Wireless customers with select Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones can now take customized weather information, including up-to-date forecasts and radar images, with them wherever they go.

Weathernews provides a range of services that keep Verizon Wireless customers informed of current and future weather conditions, including weather information for over 60,000 forecast locations around the world, current conditions and 5-day forecasts and radar images. The My Weather feature allows customers to save one city as their favorite location for quick reference. Customers can also search for weather and forecasts by city name, zip code or browse the major city list.

"Weathernews' content on Mobile Web 2.0 has been designed to deliver immediate and relevant weather information at a glance to our customers," said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless Internet and multimedia services for Verizon Wireless. "Weathernews has a strong track record of delivering wireless weather, and we are pleased to make their service available for our launch of our new Mobile Web 2.0 service."

Verizon Wireless customers with Mobile Web 2.0-capable devices can access Weathernews information and updates from their mobile phones under the Weather category on the new Mobile Web 2.0 menu. Mobile Web 2.0 is available for $4.99 monthly access, plus airtime, and is self provisioning, eliminating the need for customers to call customer service or visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store to sign up for the service. Customers simply register for the service right from their Mobile Web 2.0-capable handsets.

Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web 2.0 is initially available on the new LG VX7000 camera phone and on the LG VX4500. The LG VX7000 is available for $179.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement; the LG VX4500 is available for $89.99 with a two-year customer agreement after a $30 mail-in rebate.

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 40 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) (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 Mobile Web
Mobile Web 2.0 gives Verizon Wireless customers access to news, tools and information from the nation's top content providers. The simple, intuitive format makes it easy to access content from many categories, including News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Business, Email and More. Mobile Web 2.0 is self provisioning, eliminating the need for customers to call customer service or visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store to sign up for the service.

About Weathernews Americas Inc.
Weathernews Americas Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weathernews, Inc. Based in Japan, Weathernews, Inc. is the world's largest, publicly-traded, full-service weather company (TSE#1, 4825). A global organization with 38 offices in 14 countries, Weathernews delivers customized, risk communication services to businesses and individuals whose lives or livelihoods are affected by the weather. With over 12,000 business customers and nearly one million wireless subscribers worldwide to its award-winning mobile software, the company consistently evaluates and evolves existing applications for weather information while exploring additional markets and industries which would benefit operationally and financially from specific weather information and delivery methods. Currently, Weathernews delivers weather information, analysis and risk communication services to some of the largest companies in agriculture, aviation, energy, marine, media, offshore oil and retail. For more information, click www.weathernews.com.

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