WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless is helping customers keep in touch and active during spring break, through a series of customizable alerts and applications that can be downloaded directly onto wireless phones.
Whether on a sunny beach or stuck in airports throughout the country, personalized applications through Verizon Wireless' Get It Now® downloadable applications service allow 'spring breakers' to do everything from check flight schedules and weather, to sports scores and email-all from their wireless phone.
With availability of new handsets complete with color screens, polyphonic ringtones and camera capabilities, wireless users are now armed with more than a simple way to call home. Get It Now applications such as AccuWeather.com and My-Cast® Weather provide current weather conditions, hour-by-hour forecasts and severe weather alerts. Travelers can stay on top of flight delays and connection departures using real-time airport status applications AirInfo or FlightDeckTM. As a visitor in an unfamiliar city, iTV Player delivers local TV schedules, while MobileMovies.com and MovieGoer serve up details, reviews and showtimes of the latest movies.
For those traveling away from home, Get It Now insures that once you arrive at your destination, you can navigate safely to your hotel. NAVITIME and SmartTraffic are simple applications, which display maps and directions on your wireless phone, while Vindigo® City
Guide showcases the best and nearest places to eat, shop, play and sleep. ClubFONE Nightlife Guide locates clubs, music, lounges, restaurants and the best nightlife in more than 30 cities all from a Get It Now-capable handset.
Verizon Wireless subscribers have the added benefit of personalized text message alerts for everything from news and sports scores to horoscopes and daily jokes. Users simply sign up via www.vtext.com and information is automatically sent to your handset at the date and time specified. This allows news aficionados to receive up-to-the-minute news reports on demand; market watchers can get updated stock quotes-even when away from their computer.
And, during trips away when many don't want to be found, users can still keep in touch with family, or check in with pals anywhere to find out the location of the best parties, events, concerts and get-togethers using Mobile IM which provides direct access to MSN® MessengerTM and AOL® Instant MessengerTM for instant messaging. Also available through Get It Now is Soda PopTMMail, an easy to use e-mail application allowing users to set up, read and reply to email while away from the computer-all via wireless phone.
These applications and others can be downloaded from Get It Now, a feature service offered to Verizon Wireless customers, which delivers downloadable productivity, entertainment and information applications used to personalize and customize your wireless phone. Airtime charges apply to the usage of Get It Now services.
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 37.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.