News Release

Cutting-Edge Samsung SCH-a970 Will Have Verizon Wireless Customers Spinning

Two Megapixel Camera, Camcorder, Swivel-Flip Design and MP3 Player Are Among the Phone's Highlights

October 17, 2005

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4834Stephanie Stewart
Publicis Dialog for Samsung
stephanie.stewart@publicis-usa.com
972-628-7787

BEDMINSTER, NJ and DALLAS — Shaken? Stirred? Not quite — this time, it's all about swiveled. The innovative new SCH-a970, announced today by industry leaders Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung), will have trendsetting customers in a whirl with its wide array of multimedia functions, including V CAST and MP3 capabilities.

The a970 is not just another camera phone; it also supports certain Bluetooth® profiles giving busy consumers the ability to multi-task and work on the go. This clamshell phone supports Bluetooth profiles for headsets and hands-free accessories.* The a970 opens and swivels to reveal a compact, yet professional-looking video recorder, as well as a two megapixel digital camera that has 2x optical zoom, auto focus, multi-shot and brightness adjustments. The discerning gadget-lover will love the a970's brilliant 262K-color LCD screen and use it to view all the action at their fingertips. Customers can shoot videos, personalize their FLIX Messages with text or save personal videos and pictures as their phone's wallpaper. The a970 offers camera-happy Verizon Wireless customers the flexibility to either save their user-generated photos or videos using the phone's internal memory or store them on a removable TransFlashTM memory card.

It's all work and all play with the a970's built-in MP3 player that enables customers to take their favorite music on the road when they use their removable TransFlash memory card (sold separately) to load music from their computer directly onto their new a970. Opening up a whole new avenue for listening and managing music on wireless phones, music fans can select, change or delete individual songs or create their own playlists on the memory card — each card can store a bunch of tunes to keep customers moving for hours.

The newest addition to Verizon Wireless' array of V CAST-enabled phones, the a970 is a multimedia powerhouse allowing subscribers access to the first wireless broadband consumer multimedia service in the country. With $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, customers can view crystal clear video clips on demand including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. Or, customers can download and play cutting-edge 3D games as well as watch music videos and concert performances from favorite artists.

With the a970's VoiceModeTM speech-to-text dictation technology, customers can give their thumbs a rest by speaking instead of typing their TXT Messages. This technology adapts to the user's voice and allows consumers to speak text messages directly into the handset. In addition, advanced speech recognition technology from VoiceSignalTM allows for one-step voice commands that make voice-enabled dialing and TXT Messaging a breeze. Even checking the phone's battery life or signal strength is as simple as giving one-step verbal commands to the phone.

The Samsung a970 is available today in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and participating Best Buy locations. Customers can purchase the Samsung SCH-a970 for $299.99 after a $50.00 mail in rebate and two-year customer agreement. TransFlash memory cards are sold at participating retailers, including Best Buy locations.

For more information about Verizon Wireless' products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

*The Samsung a970 does not support object exchange (OBEX) profiles. For vehicle/accessory compatibility, go to www.verizonwireless.com/bluetoothchart

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 Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P., 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.samsung.com/wireless.  

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,000 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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