Verizon Wireless Celebrates 4th Year as Official Wireless Carrier For California Speedway With Special Promotion for Race Fans

Verizon Wireless Boosts Network Capacity to Meet Wireless Communications Needs

Of Race Fans at NASCAR Winston Cup Series Event This Weekend



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

    FONTANA, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the official
 wireless carrier for California Speedway, is celebrating its fourth year as a
 corporate sponsor by offering race fans an opportunity to take advantage of a
 national springtime promotion that gives new and existing customers 2,000 free
 weekend air time minutes monthly when they sign up for selected national,
 regional or local digital rate plans.
     Verizon Wireless' sales booths will be conveniently located at Gate 12 in
 the center of the midway and at Gate 16, located at the west end of the midway
 for race fans who would like to sign up for new service on selected digital
 rate plans and receive the free weekend minutes.
     Event attendees can also try Mobile Messenger, the company's two-way text
 messaging service.  Mobile Messenger enables Verizon Wireless customers to
 stay in touch easily and quietly by swapping text messages via their digital
 wireless handsets, a service which is especially useful to keep in touch with
 family and friends in a noisy environment such as the California Speedway.
     The 2,000 monthly free weekend airtime minutes are available as long as
 customers stay on the same rate plan, even if they sign a new contract.  To
 receive the 2000 free weekend minutes promotion, Southern California customers
 must sign up on a one year Digital Plus 200 Plan or above, which start at
 $19.99 a month for the first three months -- $34.99 a month thereafter.
     Race fans can also take advantage of Verizon Wireless' "Buy One Get One
 Free" promotion.  Customers who purchase a digital Motorola V2260 phone from
 Verizon Wireless for $19.99, and sign up for a new one-year local digital
 plans $34.99 and above, will receive a second Motorola V2260 phone for free.
 The second phone requires new activation with a one-year service agreement on
 local digital plans $19.99 and above.
     "More than 200,000 race fans are expected to attend the three-day event
 that begins tomorrow, and our on site staff can recommend the wireless
 products and calling plans that meet their specific needs," said region
 president Mike Finley.  "As the Official Wireless Carrier for California
 Speedway, I welcome race fans to visit our booths and find out why Verizon
 Wireless ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among wireless users
 in Los Angeles eight years in a row according to the J.D. Power and Associates
 2000 U.S. Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study."
     With the inevitability of an exceptionally large number of wireless calls
 concentrated at the California Speedway and in Fontana this weekend, cellular
 channels, which easily handle normal call volumes, will see significantly
 higher usage.  As in years past, Verizon Wireless will boost the capacity of
 its network in the California Speedway and surrounding area to help
 accommodate the heavy volume of wireless phone calls anticipated from the
 sizeable crowd expected to attend the three-day event, held April 27-29.
     "Wireless phones are everywhere during the race," said Bill Miller,
 President of California Speedway.  "Fans, race crews, drivers, vendors, event
 managers, and volunteers all use cellular phones to hook up with friends,
 coordinate meeting locations and conduct business."
     "While high-performance automobiles are careening around the track, scores
 of wireless phone calls will be racing through the air," added Finley.  "That
 is why we have proactively enhanced our service capacity to accommodate the
 increase in calls, and sustain the reliability of our network during this
 popular event."
 
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with more than 27 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:   VOD; LSE), 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 96 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.
 
     PUBLIC SAFETY SIDE BAR
 
                      VERIZON WIRELESS URGES RACE FANS TO
                       DRIVE RESPONSIBLY & CALL WITH CARE
 
     As the U.S. wireless industry leader, Verizon Wireless has made the
 responsible use of in-vehicle wireless phones a top priority for the company
 and its customers.  The company's mission is to put its strength behind
 enhancing the availability, affordability, and awareness of hands-free
 technologies.
     This effort includes spearheading hands-free educational programs among
 drivers and wireless users of all ages; mandating handset manufacturers to
 ensure hands-free, voice-activated compatibility for their handsets by 2002 or
 risk losing Verizon Wireless' business; reducing the price of earpieces and
 headsets to encourage their use; and, when appropriate, supporting statewide
 legislation that requires drivers to use hands-free devices when conducting
 in-vehicle calls.
     "Each day, more than 118,000 calls are made nationwide to 911 from a
 wireless phone," said regional president Mike Finley.  "While the ability to
 instantly connect with lifesaving organizations is crucial, having a wireless
 phone in the car does come with responsibilities.  That is why Verizon
 Wireless has made the responsible use of in-vehicle wireless phones a top
 priority for the company and its customers."
     As the Official Wireless Carrier for California Speedway, Verizon Wireless
 would like to remind NASCAR fans traveling to and from the California Speedway
 in Fontana, and all wireless phone owners, to observe the following safety
 tips while driving:
 
     --  When behind the wheel, safe driving is always your first
         responsibility.
     --  Dial your phone when your car is not in motion.
     --  Always use hands-free when driving and talking; when you turn your
         phone on, put on/turn on your hands-free device.
     --  Never take notes or write down phone numbers while driving.  Rather,
         pull off the road to a safe spot or leave yourself a message on your
         voice mail system.
     --  Know your wireless phone number so emergency personnel can call you
         back.  You may want to write it down and keep it in your car for quick
         reference.
     --  If traffic conditions warrant your undivided attention, turn your
         phone off, and let calls go to voice mail or activate call forwarding.
 
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SOURCE Verizon Wireless
    FONTANA, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the official
 wireless carrier for California Speedway, is celebrating its fourth year as a
 corporate sponsor by offering race fans an opportunity to take advantage of a
 national springtime promotion that gives new and existing customers 2,000 free
 weekend air time minutes monthly when they sign up for selected national,
 regional or local digital rate plans.
     Verizon Wireless' sales booths will be conveniently located at Gate 12 in
 the center of the midway and at Gate 16, located at the west end of the midway
 for race fans who would like to sign up for new service on selected digital
 rate plans and receive the free weekend minutes.
     Event attendees can also try Mobile Messenger, the company's two-way text
 messaging service.  Mobile Messenger enables Verizon Wireless customers to
 stay in touch easily and quietly by swapping text messages via their digital
 wireless handsets, a service which is especially useful to keep in touch with
 family and friends in a noisy environment such as the California Speedway.
     The 2,000 monthly free weekend airtime minutes are available as long as
 customers stay on the same rate plan, even if they sign a new contract.  To
 receive the 2000 free weekend minutes promotion, Southern California customers
 must sign up on a one year Digital Plus 200 Plan or above, which start at
 $19.99 a month for the first three months -- $34.99 a month thereafter.
     Race fans can also take advantage of Verizon Wireless' "Buy One Get One
 Free" promotion.  Customers who purchase a digital Motorola V2260 phone from
 Verizon Wireless for $19.99, and sign up for a new one-year local digital
 plans $34.99 and above, will receive a second Motorola V2260 phone for free.
 The second phone requires new activation with a one-year service agreement on
 local digital plans $19.99 and above.
     "More than 200,000 race fans are expected to attend the three-day event
 that begins tomorrow, and our on site staff can recommend the wireless
 products and calling plans that meet their specific needs," said region
 president Mike Finley.  "As the Official Wireless Carrier for California
 Speedway, I welcome race fans to visit our booths and find out why Verizon
 Wireless ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among wireless users
 in Los Angeles eight years in a row according to the J.D. Power and Associates
 2000 U.S. Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study."
     With the inevitability of an exceptionally large number of wireless calls
 concentrated at the California Speedway and in Fontana this weekend, cellular
 channels, which easily handle normal call volumes, will see significantly
 higher usage.  As in years past, Verizon Wireless will boost the capacity of
 its network in the California Speedway and surrounding area to help
 accommodate the heavy volume of wireless phone calls anticipated from the
 sizeable crowd expected to attend the three-day event, held April 27-29.
     "Wireless phones are everywhere during the race," said Bill Miller,
 President of California Speedway.  "Fans, race crews, drivers, vendors, event
 managers, and volunteers all use cellular phones to hook up with friends,
 coordinate meeting locations and conduct business."
     "While high-performance automobiles are careening around the track, scores
 of wireless phone calls will be racing through the air," added Finley.  "That
 is why we have proactively enhanced our service capacity to accommodate the
 increase in calls, and sustain the reliability of our network during this
 popular event."
 
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with more than 27 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:   VOD; LSE), 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 96 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.
 
     PUBLIC SAFETY SIDE BAR
 
                      VERIZON WIRELESS URGES RACE FANS TO
                       DRIVE RESPONSIBLY & CALL WITH CARE
 
     As the U.S. wireless industry leader, Verizon Wireless has made the
 responsible use of in-vehicle wireless phones a top priority for the company
 and its customers.  The company's mission is to put its strength behind
 enhancing the availability, affordability, and awareness of hands-free
 technologies.
     This effort includes spearheading hands-free educational programs among
 drivers and wireless users of all ages; mandating handset manufacturers to
 ensure hands-free, voice-activated compatibility for their handsets by 2002 or
 risk losing Verizon Wireless' business; reducing the price of earpieces and
 headsets to encourage their use; and, when appropriate, supporting statewide
 legislation that requires drivers to use hands-free devices when conducting
 in-vehicle calls.
     "Each day, more than 118,000 calls are made nationwide to 911 from a
 wireless phone," said regional president Mike Finley.  "While the ability to
 instantly connect with lifesaving organizations is crucial, having a wireless
 phone in the car does come with responsibilities.  That is why Verizon
 Wireless has made the responsible use of in-vehicle wireless phones a top
 priority for the company and its customers."
     As the Official Wireless Carrier for California Speedway, Verizon Wireless
 would like to remind NASCAR fans traveling to and from the California Speedway
 in Fontana, and all wireless phone owners, to observe the following safety
 tips while driving:
 
     --  When behind the wheel, safe driving is always your first
         responsibility.
     --  Dial your phone when your car is not in motion.
     --  Always use hands-free when driving and talking; when you turn your
         phone on, put on/turn on your hands-free device.
     --  Never take notes or write down phone numbers while driving.  Rather,
         pull off the road to a safe spot or leave yourself a message on your
         voice mail system.
     --  Know your wireless phone number so emergency personnel can call you
         back.  You may want to write it down and keep it in your car for quick
         reference.
     --  If traffic conditions warrant your undivided attention, turn your
         phone off, and let calls go to voice mail or activate call forwarding.
 
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