SAN FRANCISCO, CA, BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and PALO ALTO, CA — From CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008 in San Francisco, Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, and SayHeyHey.com, the Web’s first free online video dating site, today announced Verizon Wireless customers can now access SayHeyHey’s user-generated online dating video content directly on their phones.
Available for the first time on mobile in the U.S., SayHeyHey gives V CAST Video customers access to some of the most viewed dating clips from a variety of SayHeyHey.com’s popular users. Updated weekly, video categories include Dating Advice, Funniest Story, My Best Date, My Perfect Mate, Worst Date Ever! and Self-Disclosure. Customers can also use the online site SayHeyHey.com to preview the clips of what they will see on their V CAST Video-enabled phones by checking out the “V CAST Videos” category when online.
“Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Video service provides online dating with an entirely new medium and user experience that has not been available in the past – video dating on mobile on-the-go,” said Alex Gurevich, chief executive officer and co-founder of SayHeyHey.com. “SayHeyHey is proud to team up with Verizon Wireless to bring online dating to a mobile audience thirsty for relevant and entertaining dating content.”
Verizon Wireless is committed to delivering a variety of V CAST Video programming to meet ongoing customer demand for news, sports, weather and entertainment while on-the-go. In the first half of 2008, Verizon Wireless customers downloaded more than 71 million video clips and songs from the company’s V CAST Video and Music services. With the addition of the SayHeyHey.com Channel, Verizon Wireless is able to offer a broader line-up of content on V CAST Video to help satisfy the mobile cravings of Verizon Wireless customers.
SayHeyHey is located in the Picture & Video shopping aisle of the Get It Now® or Media Center virtual store in the Net’s Best category. Customers with select V CAST-enabled phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for just $3.00 for 24-hour use or by signing up for the $15.00 V CAST VPak monthly subscription, which also includes access to Verizon Wireless’ ESPN MVP, Get It Now and Mobile Web services. Customers get unlimited basic video – including video from SayHeyHey – but application download fees may apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime or megabyte charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content with any V CAST subscription.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: to www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at to www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
SayHeyHey, based in Palo Alto, California, is the first company to offer service in the “free online video dating” category. The company seeks to create a rich media venue to bridge the world of online dating with personalized, user-generated video content. Ultimately, SayHeyHey serves as a video blogging “soap box” for young adults (18-28) to share their experiences, stories (worst dates, best dates, craziest sexual episodes, etc.), advice, and passions around relationships and dating, as well as allow them to make initial connections via video which tend to be more real and meaningful. Already, hundreds of personal stories captured in video are available for viewing at SayHeyHey.com.