News Release

International Soccer Fans Can Go For The Goal With Trivia Sweepstakes And TXT Alerts From Verizon Wireless

Relationship with Univision Brings Soccer Excitement To Verizon Wireless Mobile Phones During the World Cup Tournament in Germany this Summer

May 17, 2006

Brenda Raney
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4834

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's premier provider of wireless products and services, announced today two new ways for international soccer fans to join in the fun as the action heats up during the world's biggest soccer tournament. Through the company's relationship with Univision, Verizon Wireless is inviting customers to play a fantasy soccer game "¡Elige a tus Goleadores!" (Select Your Strikers/Goal Scorers), test their knowledge with the World Cup Trivia Sweepstakes and keep up-to-date on tournaments news and events with TXT Alerts. These three new offerings are in addition to Verizon Wireless' existing international soccer content that includes exclusive mobile video clips, recaps and highlights of Spanish-language coverage of "Copa Mundial de la FIFA Alemania 2006" — the most important competition in international soccer.

"¡Elige a tus Goleadores!"
Verizon Wireless' "¡Elige a tus Goleadores!" makes it fun for international soccer fans to live vicariously through their favorite players. The mobile soccer game lets customers select up to five teams with six strikers online to form their fantasy teams; once the players are selected and the competition begins, customers receive TXT Alerts on how their players are performing and their standing in the tournament, including:

  • Goals — Get notified every time one of the six selected players scores a goal
  • My Points and Ranking On Demand — Send the word "GOL" to receive the total points scored each day and their overall ranking against all participants
  • Player Updates — Receive notification every time a player has been added or removed from the list

To play "¡Elige a tus Goleadores!" players simply send a TXT Message to "3399" from a TXT Messaging-capable Verizon Wireless phone to schedule TXT Alerts. The grand prize includes a trip to Miami to appear on "Republica Deportiva," a jersey from the winner's favorite team and a V CAST-enabled Samsung SCH-A950 phone with $100 Verizon Wireless gift card. Other prizes include three first-place prizes of a V CAST-enabled Samsung SCH-A950 phone with $100 Verizon Wireless gift card and a jersey from the winner's favorite team, plus 32 second-place prizes of a V CAST-enabled Samsung SCH-A950 phone with $100 Verizon Wireless gift card.

Registration for "¡Elige a tus Goleadores!" is now open at www.verizonwireless.com/alemania2006 and at www.univision.com; the game coincides with the world's biggest soccer games this summer taking place in Germany from June 9 — July 9, 2006. Standard TXT Messaging rates apply.

World Cup Trivia Sweepstakes
International soccer fans can test their knowledge in the World Cup Trivia Sweepstakes, running now through June 12, 2006. Customers will receive two trivia questions sent daily to their phones via TXT Message — they can elect to receive the trivia questions in either English or Spanish. To play, simply send the word "COPA" to short code "2299" from a TXT Messaging-capable Verizon Wireless phone. Correct answers earn players two entries into the sweepstakes; an incorrect answer earns one entry. Verizon Wireless is offering five first-place prizes that include a 50" plasma television; there are also 15 second-place prizes of a V CAST-enabled Samsung SCH-A950 phone and a $100 Verizon Wireless gift card. Customers can end their participation in the trivia sweepstakes by sending the keyword "STOP" to "2299." Standard TXT Messaging rates apply.

TXT Alerts to Keep Customers In The Game
International soccer fans can also keep up-to-date with TXT Alerts sent directly to their Verizon Wireless phones. To sign up, simply go to www.verizonwireless.com/alemania2006 or send a TXT Message with "COPA" to short code "2299" to receive alerts on the following:

  • Polls — Get the latest polls sent to the phone; polls run once a week until May 15, then twice a week through July 9
  • News — Receive a news roundup once a week until May 15 and then twice a week through July 9
  • TV schedules — Get the television schedule for every game between June 9 and July 9
  • Scores — Select up to five teams to track and get an update every time the selected team(s) score a goal during the competition
  • Match results — Choose up to five teams and receive first-half and end-of-match results for each game the teams play during the duration of the competition

Standard TXT Messaging rates apply.

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

About Verizon Wireless
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