SAN DIEGO and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — More customers than ever before are using VZ Navigator(SM) from Verizon Wireless to find their way around town or around the world, or to search for the nearest restaurant, movie theater or gas station, the company said today at CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment® 2009.
More than 65 percent of VZ Navigator customers use the service more than three times a week, making VZ Navigator their favorite way to discover things around them and decide what to do and how to get there. So far in 2009, Verizon Wireless customers using VZ Navigator made 11.5 million more inquiries than in 2008 to locate one of the 17 million local businesses, events and points of interest in the United States, including hotels, restaurants and historical sites listed in the application. VZ Navigator also helps drivers get the latest on traffic incidents and congestion, making their trips smoother and faster.
Popular searches on VZ Navigator this year include:
- Traffic: Searches for traffic updates and detours around traffic congestion hit more than 8.5 million per month, an increase of 93 percent from the previous year
- Fuel: VZ Navigator mobile consumers ran more than 480,000 searches to find gas stations with inexpensive fuel prices
- Showtimes: Searches for movie theaters were up more than 125 percent over last year, climbing to more than 1 million a month, sending viewers quickly toward the latest show
- Weather: VZ Navigator searches for customers who wanted to know whether or not to grab an umbrella or a scarf were up to more than a million per month, a 128 percent increase from 2008
VZ Navigator is a cost-effective solution for people looking for information delivered quickly and easily directly to their wireless phones. Verizon Wireless' VZ Navigator service is a GPS-enabled application that transforms a wireless handset into a powerful navigation device and gives users visual and audible directions to a destination, helps them locate businesses or get maps of a location, and even share locations with others. VZ Navigator customers also have the ability to use www.vznavigator.com to map, to get turn-by-turn directions, to add destinations to favorites, to perform local searches, and to sync with a their phones.
VZ Navigator is available for $9.99 a month for unlimited access or $2.99 for a one-day use on select Get It Now®-enabled phones in the Get It Now/Media Center, and select BlackBerry® and other smartphone devices. The monthly charge includes continuous updates to maps and points of interests, unlike traditional navigation devices and navigation devices built into automobiles that require annual upgrades to remain accurate. VZ Navigator is included for customers on the Nationwide Premium Plan. For additional terms and conditions, visit http://support.vzw.com/terms/products/vznavigator.html.
VZ Navigator Global is available on the BlackBerry® Storm, BlackBerry® Tour and HTC Touch Pro2 smartphones for $19.99 per month.
VZ Navigator is powered by Networks in Motion, whose mobile services make anywhere you go feel like home because the important things you're looking for are available in real-time right at your fingertips. The service empowers mobile consumers to make quick, smart decisions when they're on the go. Verizon Wireless and Networks in Motion launched VZ Navigator in January 2006.
For more information about VZ Navigator and other Verizon Wireless products and services, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Networks in Motion
With Networks in Motion's services on your mobile phone, anywhere you go feels like home. For almost a decade, NIM has helped millions of wireless users on the world's largest carrier networks make smarter, faster real-time decisions about where they are and where they want to go. Using patented Hyper-local Search and the NAVBuilder platform, NIM makes finding, selecting, and "getting there" easy. NIM is a recognized pioneer in consumer mobile Software as a Service (SaaS). The company's mobile discovery service has become one of the most relied on and trusted mobile services on the handset. NIM now provides leading turn-by-turn navigation to carriers and their customers in 38 countries, and in 10 languages. For more information on NIM visit www.networksinmotion.com.