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AT&T Wireless Signs Number Porting Agreement with Verizon Wireless, Launches Local Number Portability Information Center.

AT&T Wireless today announced that it has signed an agreement with Verizon Wireless addressing the operational details of how the two carriers will port customers' wireless phone numbers between them once local number portability takes effect on November 24, 2003.

"This marks our fourth number porting agreement with a major wireless carrier," said Jonathan Tinter, vice president - marketing strategy, AT&T Wireless. "Even though the Federal Communications Commission recently said that these agreements are not required in order to comply with the LNP mandate, we're taking this additional step because we want the LNP process to work as seamlessly as possible."

AT&T Wireless also recently launched a comprehensive LNP information center for consumers at

"This is a great resource for consumers who want to better understand local number portability," Tinter said. "Our goal is to simplify LNP for the public, whether you are porting a number or just want to learn about the topic."

Tinter also noted that the company has trained its employees about LNP, engaged in extensive intercarrier testing of its LNP systems, and is prepared to meet the November 24th deadline.

About AT&T Wireless

AT&T Wireless is the second-largest wireless carrier, based on revenues, in the United States. With 21.855 million subscribers as of September 30, 2003, and revenues of more than $16.5 billion over the past four quarters, AT&T Wireless delivers advanced high-quality mobile wireless communications services, voice and data, to businesses and consumers, in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please visit us at

This press release contains "forward-looking statements'' which are based on management's beliefs as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events made by management with information that is currently available to management. Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, management's expectations regarding: our future financial and operating performance and financial condition, including the company's outlook for the fiscal year 2003 and subsequent periods; subscriber growth; industry conditions; the strength of our balance sheet; our liquidity and needs for additional financing; and our ability to generate positive free cash flow.

Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside AT&T Wireless' control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Without limitation these factors include: the risks associated with the implementation of our technology migration strategy, our ability to continue to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of our distribution channels, the potential competitive impacts of industry consolidation or alternative technologies, potential impacts on revenue and ARPU from competitive pricing and slowing penetration in the wireless industry, the effects of vigorous competition in the markets in which we operate, the risk of decreased consumer spending due to softening economic conditions, acts of terrorism, and consumer response to new service offerings.

For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see AT&T Wireless' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the information under the heading "Additional Factors That May Affect Our Business, Future Operating Results and Financial Condition" and "Forward Looking Statements" in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on November 14, 2003.
 For Further Information:

 Rochelle Cohen Mark Siegel
 908-696-4217 (office) 908-696-4218 (office)
 973-615-8135 (wireless) 646-256-1277 (wireless)

CONTACT: Rochelle Cohen, +1-908-696-4217, office, or +1-973-615-8135, wireless, or, Mark Siegel, +1-908-696-4218, office, or +1-646-256-1277, wireless, or

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