News Release

TXT Messaging Heats Up Verizon Wireless Network On Valentine's Day

Customers Sent 20% More TXT Messages Last Feb. 14

February 9, 2006

Tom Pica
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4385

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Love is in the air on Valentine's Day, and it's also on the Verizon Wireless network. Last year, star-crossed lovers apparently heated up Verizon Wireless's nationwide network by sending 20 percent more TXT Messages on Valentine's Day than any other day in February.

This Feb. 14, lovebirds are expected to heat up the Verizon Wireless network once again — sending short messages to stay in touch with their sweetheart, or to profess their affection, including the tried and true "I LUV U", "U R MINE", "I M URS", and "XXOO".

And while Valentine's Day may be a popular day for sugary TXT Messages, it isn't the only day Verizon Wireless customers send TXT Messages. In the last three months of 2005 alone, Verizon Wireless customers sent and received an industry-leading 7.4 billion text messages on the company's nationwide network — more than any other U.S. wireless carrier.

Customers can pay as they go for TXT Messaging, which is just 10 cents for each TXT Message sent or received, or they can select from bundled packages, which include Picture and Video Messaging that begin at $10/month. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 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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