News Release

Verizon Wireless Customers Can Learn the American Sign Language Alphabet With Mobile-Mind's ASL Fingerspelling on Get It Now

June 11, 2003

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824Carolyn Seranella
Mobile-Mind
cseranella@mobile-mind.com  
617-926-6888 x211

BEDMINSTER, NJ and WATERTOWN, MA — Verizon Wireless and Mobile-Mind today announced the launch of Mobile-Mind's ASL (American Sign Language) Fingerspelling application on Verizon Wireless Get It NowSM-enabled phones.

ASL Fingerspelling presents the 26 letters of the American Sign Language alphabet, the basic building blocks for learning Sign Language, as a one-time application download. Customers can study and quiz themselves on the Fingerspelling alphabet using high-contrast, easy-to-see images right on their phone. They can also instantly view the animated Fingerspelling of any word up to 32 characters and use what they learn to communicate with anyone who knows Fingerspelling.

Bill Mangino, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Mobile-Mind said, "We are delighted to work with Verizon Wireless to premier this important wireless learning application. American Sign Language is the primary language for millions of deaf Americans. Millions more hearing students and adults want to learn Sign Language so they can communicate with the deaf community. Mobile-Mind is proud to be the first to put ASL Fingerspelling onto wireless phones."

Rita Straubhaar, Information and Outreach Specialist at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) commented, "This could be a terrific learning tool for students who are beginning to learn American Sign Language!"

ASL Fingerspelling was developed by Mobile-Mind as part of its mobile learning suite of products, which includes XAP apps for SAT® test preparation and English and foreign language learning applications. Mobile-Mind is currently developing ASL Basic Signs, which will feature animated American Sign Language words and phrases.

Customers can find ASL Fingerspelling under the getGOING aisle and download it onto the Motorola T720 for just $2.49 for unlimited access. Get It Now-enabled phones are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack stores, or on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

About Mobile-Mind
Mobile-Mind focuses on developing mobile learning, lifestyle, and entertainment applications for wireless subscribers worldwide. The Mobile-Mind application team works with leading content, technology, and carrier partners to deliver high-value features and trusted functionality to mobile consumer and enterprise customers with BREW(TM), J2ME, and MMS enabled phones. For more information, please visit the Mobile-Mind website at www.mobile-mind.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE:VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

About Get It NowSM
Get It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones. getTXT, getIM and getEMAIL help customers stay in touch and communicate with others. getGAMES and getFUN keep customers entertained, while getGOING applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more. View and share digital photos with getPIX check out Web cams with getFLIX or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with getTONES. getALERTS keeps customers informed while getBROWSING lets them access the Web from their wireless phone.

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