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Verizon Wireless Announces The Availability Of The Motorola Rival

Ultimate Messaging Phone Provides One-Touch Access to IM-Style Texting; Features Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard and a Touch Dial-Pad for Easy Access

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June 9, 2009

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7518Juli Burda
Juli.Burda@motorola.com  
847-523-5035

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless and Motorola, Inc., introduce the Motorola Rival™ today. Designed for quick and easy messaging, the Motorola Rival keeps customers socially connected, while offering a variety of popular multimedia features from Verizon Wireless, including V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Video, Visual Voice Mail and VZ Navigator(SM).

Available colors: Tin Silver or Purple

Key features:

  • Pocket-friendly side-slider with QWERTY keyboard
  • Touch dial-pad
  • IM-style texting that organizes messages by contact, displaying them in a chat-like format
  • One-touch access to text message composition, emoticons, symbols, IM and e-mail

Lifestyle features:

  • Backlit QWERTY keyboard for faster messaging; keyboard lights up either characters, numbers or symbols based on entry mode while texting in the dark
  • Holds up to 500 text messages in inbox and outbox
  • 2.0 megapixel camera
  • 3.5 mm headset jack and up to 8 GB optional removable memory to satisfy any music appetite (microSD™ card is sold separately)
  • Instantly connect with friends on AOL® Instant Messenger, Windows® Messenger and Yahoo!® Messenger with Mobile IM
  • Mobile Email allows access to popular e-mail services such as Yahoo!®, Hotmail®, AOL® and Windows® Live
  • Supports Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Music with Rhapsody service, which allows customers to choose from more than 4 million songs to download over the air; get the master copy of the songs on their PCs; and sync favorite tracks, albums and playlists from their PCs to their phones using a separately sold USB cable
  • Supports VZ Navigator to get audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others
  • Visual Voice Mail allows customers to view, delete, reply, listen to and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions

Pricing and availability:

  • The Motorola Rival is available beginning June 10, 2009, online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • VZ Navigator is available for $2.99 daily access, and Visual Voice Mail is available for $2.99 monthly access. V CAST Music with Rhapsody is available for $14.99 monthly access.
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of the Motorola Rival in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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 Motorola
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $30.1 billion in 2008. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.  

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