News Release

Verizon Wireless Connects New England Customers To Red Sox Dugout

Live Text Chat Series Gives Red Sox Fans Wireless Access to Manager Terry Francona and Red Sox Players

April 18, 2006

Michael Murphy
781-932-1213

WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless will connect Boston Red Sox fans directly to the team's dugout through a series of moderated mobile chats beginning this week. The initial chat session, scheduled for Thursday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m., will be hosted by Boston Red Sox Manager Terry Francona. To sign up for the 'Red Sox Text Chat Series,' Verizon Wireless customers need only text message the word 'SOX' to 2355.

Once registered, participants can submit questions from their wireless phone during the moderated chat session. Verizon Wireless standard text message charges will apply. Additionally, each participating 'chatter' will be entered automatically into a drawing to win* two tickets to an upcoming Red Sox home game (date to be determined) and a baseball autographed by a Red Sox player. Verizon Wireless customers that participate in all six scheduled Red Sox text chat events will be automatically entered to win the Grand Prize consisting of two (2) tickets for the new State Street Pavilion seats for the Red Sox home game against the Minnesota Twins on September 30th, a $50 gift certificate to Game On! Restaurant, an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park, and six (6) autographed baseballs-one from each player participating in the text chat series.

Text chats will be held monthly from 2:00 — 3:00 p.m. EST on each scheduled date as listed below:

  • Terry Francona - Thursday, April 20th
  • Manny Ramirez — Friday, May 12th
  • David Wells — Friday, June 9th
  • Trot Nixon — Friday, July 14th
  • Kevin Youkilis — Friday, August 11th
  • Jonathan Papelbon — Friday, September 8th

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable network and invests more than $1 billion every 90 days to maintain and expand its high-quality network nationwide while making additional investments to deliver unique applications to enhance wireless experiences. Text messaging gives customers the ability to send and receive short e-mail style messages, up to 160 characters in length.

Non-subscribers to Verizon Wireless service can also take part in the text chat series by visiting www.upoc.com/soxchats to obtain official rules. Text message charges apply and vary by wireless carrier. No purchase necessary to win.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data 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 and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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