Verizon Wireless Launches Digital Service and New Optional Features in Eastern Iowa

New Services Include Mobile Web Wireless(SM) Internet Access and Mobile

Messenger(SM)



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- After investing more than
 $8 million in its local wireless network, Verizon Wireless today announced the
 launch of digital wireless service in Cedar Rapids with contiguous coverage to
 Iowa City, Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Dubuque.  The availability of digital
 service offers Verizon Wireless consumer and business customers a long list of
 features including Caller ID, text messaging, superior voice quality, longer
 battery life and enhanced privacy and security.
     Customers in Eastern Iowa can also signup for Verizon Wireless' Mobile
 Web(SM), which provides easy-to-use wireless access to the Internet and the
 option to customize the information delivered to web-enabled digital handsets.
 Mobile Web customers can access e-mail, stocks, news, weather, and horoscopes
 or find the nearest ATM, movie theatre or restaurant all from their Verizon
 Wireless phones.
     Also available is Verizon Wireless' Mobile Messenger(SM), the company's
 new two-way text messaging service, which allows users to stay in touch easily
 and quietly by swapping messages via their digital wireless handsets.
 Messages can be sent from another Verizon Wireless two-way messaging-capable
 handset, any Internet e-mail address or from http://www.msg.myvzw.com .
 Mobile Messenger offers a way to keep in touch with others whether in the
 movies, at the mall, in a restaurant, or in a meeting.
     "We are excited about delivering all the benefits of digital service to
 area residents, particularly wireless Internet access," said Tim Wolfe,
 District Manager of Retail Sales for Iowa.  "One example of the power of
 Mobile Web is the ability for customers to conduct comparison shopping to find
 the best price on items such as CD's, books or music by simply entering a
 product's bar code into their handset."
     Now that both digital and analog service is available, Verizon Wireless
 customers with dual-mode or tri-mode phones will be able to take advantage of
 digital service immediately.  At the same time, analog customers will continue
 to enjoy their existing coverage and have the option to upgrade to a digital
 phone to enjoy the features and benefits of digital service and to signup for
 Mobile Web or Mobile Messenger.
     Eastern Iowa consumers will now have access to digital features at home
 and while traveling throughout the United States and can choose from Verizon
 Wireless' competitive twelve state SingleRate(SM) regional or 50-state
 SingleRate national calling plans.  The company has invested $4 billion in
 expanding its high quality coast-to-coast network, which covers 96 of the top
 100 markets in the United States.  Verizon Wireless has been serving the
 Eastern Iowa area since 1988 (most recently as 360degree Communications and
 ALLTEL).
     Mobile Web Wireless Internet Service:
     -- Consumers can customize what they want to see on their handsets from
        their PCs or directly from their handset using the http://www.MYVZW.com
        web site.
     -- Users can establish text message alerts to notify them when specific
        information is available such as stock quotes or weather reports.
     -- Mobile Web service is available beginning at $6.95 per month with up to
        100 text messages or with a one-month free trial for the $8.95
        (200 messages) and $12.95 (600 messages) plans.  Accessing the Internet
        uses the customers calling plan minutes.
 
     Mobile Messenger Service:
     -- The service allows customers to send and receive text messages of
        120 character length quickly by just tapping the keypad on their
        wireless phone or receive messages via the Internet.
     -- There's no need to subscribe, since any Verizon Wireless customer with
        a two-way text messaging-capable phone can just "pay as they go" at a
        cost of 2 cents for messages received and 10 cents for messages sent.
     -- To introduce Mobile Messenger to customers, Verizon Wireless will waive
        all messaging fees until June 1, 2001.
     -- Two Mobile Messenger packages are available, one priced at $2.99 for
        100 received or sent messages; and the second priced at $7.99 for
        600 received or sent messages.
 
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers.  The new
 coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S.
 wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now
 Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).  The
 new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular,
 GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging.  The
 company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population,
 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.  Verizon Wireless,
 headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., is 38,000 employees strong.  Reporters and
 editors can find more information about the company on the Web at
 http://www.verizonwireless.com
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Wireless
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- After investing more than
 $8 million in its local wireless network, Verizon Wireless today announced the
 launch of digital wireless service in Cedar Rapids with contiguous coverage to
 Iowa City, Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Dubuque.  The availability of digital
 service offers Verizon Wireless consumer and business customers a long list of
 features including Caller ID, text messaging, superior voice quality, longer
 battery life and enhanced privacy and security.
     Customers in Eastern Iowa can also signup for Verizon Wireless' Mobile
 Web(SM), which provides easy-to-use wireless access to the Internet and the
 option to customize the information delivered to web-enabled digital handsets.
 Mobile Web customers can access e-mail, stocks, news, weather, and horoscopes
 or find the nearest ATM, movie theatre or restaurant all from their Verizon
 Wireless phones.
     Also available is Verizon Wireless' Mobile Messenger(SM), the company's
 new two-way text messaging service, which allows users to stay in touch easily
 and quietly by swapping messages via their digital wireless handsets.
 Messages can be sent from another Verizon Wireless two-way messaging-capable
 handset, any Internet e-mail address or from http://www.msg.myvzw.com .
 Mobile Messenger offers a way to keep in touch with others whether in the
 movies, at the mall, in a restaurant, or in a meeting.
     "We are excited about delivering all the benefits of digital service to
 area residents, particularly wireless Internet access," said Tim Wolfe,
 District Manager of Retail Sales for Iowa.  "One example of the power of
 Mobile Web is the ability for customers to conduct comparison shopping to find
 the best price on items such as CD's, books or music by simply entering a
 product's bar code into their handset."
     Now that both digital and analog service is available, Verizon Wireless
 customers with dual-mode or tri-mode phones will be able to take advantage of
 digital service immediately.  At the same time, analog customers will continue
 to enjoy their existing coverage and have the option to upgrade to a digital
 phone to enjoy the features and benefits of digital service and to signup for
 Mobile Web or Mobile Messenger.
     Eastern Iowa consumers will now have access to digital features at home
 and while traveling throughout the United States and can choose from Verizon
 Wireless' competitive twelve state SingleRate(SM) regional or 50-state
 SingleRate national calling plans.  The company has invested $4 billion in
 expanding its high quality coast-to-coast network, which covers 96 of the top
 100 markets in the United States.  Verizon Wireless has been serving the
 Eastern Iowa area since 1988 (most recently as 360degree Communications and
 ALLTEL).
     Mobile Web Wireless Internet Service:
     -- Consumers can customize what they want to see on their handsets from
        their PCs or directly from their handset using the http://www.MYVZW.com
        web site.
     -- Users can establish text message alerts to notify them when specific
        information is available such as stock quotes or weather reports.
     -- Mobile Web service is available beginning at $6.95 per month with up to
        100 text messages or with a one-month free trial for the $8.95
        (200 messages) and $12.95 (600 messages) plans.  Accessing the Internet
        uses the customers calling plan minutes.
 
     Mobile Messenger Service:
     -- The service allows customers to send and receive text messages of
        120 character length quickly by just tapping the keypad on their
        wireless phone or receive messages via the Internet.
     -- There's no need to subscribe, since any Verizon Wireless customer with
        a two-way text messaging-capable phone can just "pay as they go" at a
        cost of 2 cents for messages received and 10 cents for messages sent.
     -- To introduce Mobile Messenger to customers, Verizon Wireless will waive
        all messaging fees until June 1, 2001.
     -- Two Mobile Messenger packages are available, one priced at $2.99 for
        100 received or sent messages; and the second priced at $7.99 for
        600 received or sent messages.
 
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers.  The new
 coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S.
 wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now
 Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).  The
 new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular,
 GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging.  The
 company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population,
 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.  Verizon Wireless,
 headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., is 38,000 employees strong.  Reporters and
 editors can find more information about the company on the Web at
 http://www.verizonwireless.com
 
 SOURCE  Verizon Wireless