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Verizon Wireless Offers San Diego Customers Opportunities to Bowl, Golf, Count Calories and More On Their Wireless Phones.

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 18, 2002

Verizon Wireless is First Carrier in North America to Offer BREW(TM)

Service from QUALCOMM

It's fun. It's fast. It's in the air. It's in color. It's software applications downloadable over the air. Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers in San Diego are the first mobile phone users in the nation to be able to download entertainment, gaming, information, communications and productivity applications onto their phones over the air using QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless(TM) (BREW(TM)).

Verizon Wireless expects to introduce BREW nationwide starting in May 2002.

Some of the first applications offered include popular games such as EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf(TM) and JAMDAT Bowling from JAMDAT Mobile Inc., entertainment services such as Mattel Inc.'s Magic 8 Ball(R), and musical ring tones from Vivendi Universal Net USA (See attached list of applications).

Verizon Wireless customers in San Diego can take advantage of BREW today by purchasing a BREW-capable phone at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and participating RadioShack locations throughout San Diego.

"Unlike our competitors, we're not just talking about cool services, we're showing our customers we are the industry leader in wireless data products and services," said Greg Klimek, Southern California Region president, Verizon Wireless.

"Waiting in line? Then, download the new EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf(TM) game. Out of town for business? Track and report your meals, hotels, rental car and other travel expenses with MobileExpense(TM). Like the rock band Queen? Set 'Bohemian Rhapsody' as your phone's ring tone using Ringster.

"All of these applications and more are available by simply downloading software applications over the air, making it easy for our customers to select the applications they want on their phone."

Verizon Wireless customers with a BREW-capable phone can browse and purchase applications by selecting the "Mobile Shop" option on their phone. Customers may demo some applications before they purchase or select from a variety of pricing options depending on the applications.

Some pricing options include 99 cents for 10 uses, and a $10 monthly subscription that provides unlimited use for the duration of the subscription.

Depending on available pricing options, game-lovers may take advantage of a monthly subscription that includes unlimited plays. Once a subscription is purchased, the game can be played an unlimited number of times as long as the customer chooses to keep the subscription. Customers may cancel a subscription at any time.

Airtime charges apply during the selection and download process, which requires a digital Verizon Wireless signal and BREW-capable phone. Depending on the application size, this process may take seconds or a few minutes. Once downloaded, applications that do not require a wireless signal can be accessed at anytime, anywhere without incurring airtime charges. Purchased applications will appear on the customer's monthly Verizon Wireless service bill.

"Now Verizon Wireless customers can customize their handsets with applications that they really want to use," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president, QUALCOMM Wireless & Internet Group. "Using the BREW platform, Verizon Wireless customers can now do what most consumers take for granted on their personal computers -- shop for software applications to download, choose new applications as often as they like and delete ones they no longer use."

BREW will initially be available on the Verizon Wireless Z-800 with full color display ($399.99 with a two-year service agreement), and the Kyocera 3035e ($149.99 with a two-year service agreement).

Both phones are tri-mode, and include many attractive features, such as a micro-browser for wireless Internet and e-mail access using Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web, two-way text messaging and predictive text-input software for quick and simple text messaging using Verizon Wireless' Mobile Messenger, and more.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications and Internet services. The company has the largest nationwide wireless network and 29 million customers. With headquarters in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD)(LSE:VOD). Reporters and editors can find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.


Some BREW applications that will be available on March 18, 2002
include:

Entertainment

Provider Application Name Description

Mattel Magic 8 Ball(R) Magic 8 Ball(R) answers
 questions

Mattel Date Ball(TM) Date Ball(TM) answers
 questions for single

Games

Provider Application Name Description

JAMDAT Mobile Inc. EA Sports Tiger Golf on world-renowned
 Woods PGA Tour Pebble Beach
 Golf -- Pebble
 Beach Course

JAMDAT Mobile Inc. EA Sports Tiger Golf on world-renowned
 Woods PGA Tour Spanish Bay
 Golf -- Spanish
 Bay Course

JAMDAT Mobile Inc. EA Sports Tiger Golf on world-renowned
 Woods PGA Tour Spyglass
 Golf -- Spyglass
 Course

JAMDAT Mobile Inc. JAMDAT Football Classic Football game
JAMDAT Mobile Inc. JAMDAT Bowling Full-featured Bowling
 game

JAMDAT Mobile Inc. JAMDAT Solitaire Classic Solitaire Game
 with options

NuvoStudios Blackjack Standard

Productivity & Finance

Provider Application Name Description

RocketMobile Inc. MobileExpense(TM) Tracks and reports meals,
 hotels, rental car and
 other travel expenses via
 e-mail

Ring Tones

Provider Application Name Description

Vivendi Universal Ringster More than 250 musical ring
 Net USA tones(a)

(a) Ring tones only may be downloaded using the Kyocera 3035e.


Note to Editors: MAGIC 8 BALL and DATE BALL are trademarks owned by Mattel Inc. QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Inc. BREW is a trademark of QUALCOMM Inc. EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf is a registered trademark of Electronic Arts Inc. All rights reserved, used with permission. JAMDAT and JAMDAT Mobile are trademarks of JAMDAT Mobile Inc. Used with permission.
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