BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the exclusive introduction of the V200 Personal Communicator from Motorola-a next-generation communication tool for trend-setting consumers. This unique device combines the full functionality of a wireless phone, a powerful speakerphone, a PC-like keyboard that makes 2-way text messaging faster and easier than ever, a WAP browser* for Internet access and wireless email. The V200 Personal Communicator from Motorola is the first CDMA device to combine phone and text with a QWERTY keyboard, letting customers use their preferred method of communication-talk or text-without carrying more than one device.
"As the nation's largest wireless carrier, our customers look to us to deliver innovative and useful products. The V200 Personal Communicator from Motorola is a unique communication device that will deliver quality voice, text messaging and Internet access, that truly meets the needs of many of our customers," said Gary Schulman, president of wireless data and Internet services for Verizon Wireless. "Operating on our comprehensive digital network, this device will bring consumers an all-in-one communication and organization tool with the trusted network coverage they demand and expect from Verizon Wireless."
"As a company committed to delivering innovative products to the U.S. market, we are pleased to work with Verizon Wireless to offer a new convergence device - complete with text messaging, phone and Internet capabilities," said Miguel Pellon, vice president and general manager of the wireless messaging division, Motorola, Inc. "This device addresses the needs of tech-savvy, on-the-go consumers who want to leave home with one reliable and affordable communications tool that keeps them in contact without being 'plugged to the wall.'"
Through January 31, 2002, new users who activate a monthly digital price plan of $35 or higher receive unlimited text messaging and Internet alerts through February 2002. After the promotional period customers can pay as they go for $0.02 per message to receive and $0.10 per message to send messages, or select bundled plans for $2.99 per month for 100 messages, $3.99 per month for 200 messages and $7.99 per month for 600 messages sent or received. The V200 Personal Communicator from Motorola, available exclusively from Verizon Wireless, can be found at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99.
* Network and subscriber dependent feature.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion. For more information on Motorola, please visit the Motorola Web site at www.motorola.com.