News Release

Verizon Wireless And Alltel Customers Can Now Exchange Pictures And Video Messages

Verizon Wireless and Alltel Launch Inter-Carrier Messaging Service

August 17, 2005

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824David Avery
Alltel
david.avery@alltel.com
501-905-5876

BEDMINSTER, NJ and LITTLE ROCK, AR — Verizon Wireless and Alltel today announced an inter-carrier Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) agreement between the two companies that allows picture and video messaging customers to exchange multimedia messages directly from their wireless camera phones.

Verizon Wireless customers can exchange multimedia messages with customers of Alltel, Cingular Wireless, Leap Wireless, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. Alltel customers can exchange multimedia messages with Verizon Wireless and Cingular Wireless customers. Mobile 365 will provide the interoperability service for Verizon Wireless customers.

Both Verizon Wireless and Alltel support a wide selection of picture messaging-capable phones. For a complete list of phones, pricing and additional information, please visit the companies' respective Web sites: www.verizonwireless.com  and www.alltel.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 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.  

About ALLTEL
Alltel is a customer-focused communications company with more than 15 million customers in 36 states and nearly $10 billion in annual revenues.

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