News Release

Verizon Wireless Ringback Tones Reach New England

Greet Wireless Callers With a Song Instead of a Ring; Numerous Artists and Music Genres Available

May 22, 2005

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314

WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless, the first national carrier to launch Ringback Tones, today announced the arrival of its Ringback Tones service in New England. Verizon Wireless customers throughout the region can now find the perfect Ringback Tone to replace the standard ring callers hear while they wait for their call to be answered.

To hear a sample Ringback Tone dial (617) 851-1757 or 860-227-1210.

With Ringback Tones from Verizon Wireless, customers can browse through a catalog of more than 2,400 songs in 13 different music genres from SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. With categories including Rap, Hip-Hop, Soundtracks, Metal/Alternative, R&B/Soul, 80's, Classic Rock, Pop/Rock, Country, Club Hits, 70's, Oldies, 60's and Holiday, customers can easily search through the catalog to find a Ringback Tone to fit their personal style. Customers can set-up Ringback Tones to include a default Ringback Tone (including the Verizon Wireless standard Ringback Tone), or assign different Ringback Tones for each caller based upon Caller ID, Group List or the time of day. With Ringback Tones from Verizon Wireless, customers can select Ringback Tones to replace the standard ring callers hear while they wait for their call to be answered. As of April, the 'Top 10' Ringback Tones were:

  1. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
  2. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day
  3. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
  4. Ludacris says "I'm Here to Soothe You..." (Voice message)
  5. Nice & Slow - Usher
  6. What You Gon Do - Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
  7. Karma - Alicia Keys
  8. Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
  9. Culo - Pitbull
  10. Wrong Way — Sublime

Sign-up for Ringback Tones via the Internet or Handset using TXT Messaging
To choose the perfect Ringback Tone, customers can visit the Ringback Tones Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/getitnow/ringbacktones to register, browse, preview and purchase Ringback Tones from a broad selection of musical artists. Customers can also sign up to receive a TXT Alert whenever their favorite artists releases new Ringback Tones by visiting the 'My Alerts' section of the site and selecting TXT notifications. Standard text messaging rates apply to TXT Alerts.

Signing up for Ringback Tones right from TXT Messaging-capable phones is easy as well. Customers send the TXT Message "RBT" to address "728" and reply to accept the service. Once registered, customers send the TXT Message "List" to "728" to receive a list of Ringback Tones and song ID codes available for purchase. Ringback Tones can be purchased by sending the song ID code as a TXT Message to "728." Standard text messaging rates may apply. From that point forward, callers will hear the new Ringback Tone. Customers can manage their Ringback Tone accounts by visiting www.verizonwireless.com/getitnow/ringbacktones.  

Ringback Tone Pricing
Ringback Tones are available to Verizon Wireless customers for a monthly fee of $0.99 per month. Each Ringback Tone purchased is $1.99, which provides unlimited use for one year. Both the monthly fee and cost for each tone appear on the customer's monthly bill. Verizon Wireless plans to continue to expand Ringback Tones across its nationwide network throughout 2005.

Verizon Wireless products and services are available at more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores nationwide, including Verizon Wireless Communications Stores within Circuit City, as well as at authorized retailers including Best Buy and participating RadioShack locations. Customers can also find information and purchase Verizon Wireless products and services online at www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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