LOS GATOS, CA and BEDMINSTER, NJ — Bring the beauty of nature to your wireless phone. Rocket Mobile®, a leading provider of wireless software solutions and technologies, and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, today announced that Verizon Wireless customers with select Get It Now®-enabled phones can access the captivating photography from National Geographic Society's Image Collections and save it as their phones' screen savers and wallpapers with the new National Geographic Wallpapers. Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers can select their favorite images from several National Geographic Wallpapers categories, including Animals, Flowers, People, Places and more.
"We are pleased to offer National Geographic's comprehensive library of images to Verizon Wireless customers," said Wayne Yurtin, president and CEO of Rocket Mobile. "Now National Geographic subscribers, or fans of their breathtaking photography, can discover the world's wonders right from their Verizon Wireless phones."
National Geographic, the flagship magazine of the National Geographic Society, chronicles exploration and adventure, as well as changes that impact life on Earth. Editorial coverage encompasses people and places of the world, with an emphasis on human involvement in a changing universe. Major topics include culture, nature, geography, ecology, science and technology.
National Geographic Wallpapers is available in the getWALLPAPER shopping aisle of the Get It Now virtual store for $1.99 for one-use purchase, $3.99 for three-use purchase or $5.99 for five-use purchase. Verizon Wireless customers can find National Geographic Wallpapers on the LG VX7000 phone -- its vibrant color screen will display the beauty of National Geographic's stunning photos and the built-in camera offers an easy way for amateurs to capture their own real-life adventures. Through January 30, 2005, the LG VX7000 is available for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement. National Geographic Wallpapers is also available on the LG VX4500, VX4600 and VX6000, Samsung SCH-a650 or Motorola v710.
Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.
Verizon Wireless products and services are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating Best Buy, Circuit City and RadioShack locations and on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Rocket Mobile, Inc.
A privately held Silicon Valley-based firm, Rocket Mobile, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile phone applications and mobile messaging technologies for handset OEM's. Rocket Mobile designs, develops and licenses applications and technologies for mass-market mobile phones. Rocket Mobile's messaging portfolio includes client-side technology for enabling handset OEM's to integrate SMS (Short Messaging Service), EMS (Enhanced Messaging Service), MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), IM (Instant Messaging), and Mobile Browsing (cHTML/HTML/WAP) capability into their handsets. Rocket Mobile is a QUALCOMM Elite® BREW Developer with U.S. headquarters in Los Gatos, California. For additional information on Rocket Mobile, visit: www.RocketMobile.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 42.1 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ - News) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD - News News). 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.
About Get It Now
Get It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone and lets customers download applications over the air and purchase them directly from their phones. Virtual shopping aisles, including getGAMES, getTONES, getGOING, getPIX, getFUN and getMESSAGING, are organized to help customers find what they want, when they want it.
Rocket Mobile is a registered trademark of Rocket Mobile, Inc. RocketMMS, RocketSMS, RocketEMS, RocketIM, RocketBrowser, RocketJournal, and RocketFramework are all trademarks of Rocket Mobile, Inc. Get It Now is a registered trademark of Verizon Wireless. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.