BEDMINSTER, N.J. and LOS ANGELES and SAN MATEO, CA — Mobile sports fans rejoice -- the new Mobile Web 2.0SM service from Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, features unlimited access to sports scores, news, schedules and standings from FOX Sports Interactive Media, a leader in sports programming and content, and Sorrent, a leading mobile entertainment publisher. With a Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phone, Verizon Wireless customers have access to the latest news, sports, weather, entertainment, business and directory information at their fingertips.
"FOX Sports wants to deliver sports information to consumers wherever they are," said Ross Levinsohn, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Interactive Media. "Mobile Web 2.0 from Verizon Wireless provides the array of Fox Sports wireless products and allows the consumer to experience sports in a whole new way."
Verizon Wireless customers can click on the Sports link on the new Mobile Web 2.0 menu to access up-to-the-minute sports scores, news, schedules and standings from FOX Sports. "FOX Sports is the sports leader and provides the full range wireless sports products our customers demand -- from news to games," said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless Internet and multimedia services for Verizon Wireless. "The unique sports storefront from FOX Sports and Sorrent on our Mobile Web 2.0 service provides one-stop-shopping for sports fans on the go."
Mobile Web 2.0 is available for $4.99 monthly access, plus airtime, and is self-provisioning, eliminating the need for customers to call customer service or visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store to sign up for the service. Customers simply register for the service right from their Mobile Web 2.0-capable handsets.
Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web 2.0 is initially available on the new LG VX7000 camera phone and on the LG VX4500. The LG VX7000 is available for $179.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement; the LG VX4500 is available for $89.99 with a two-year customer agreement after a $30 mail-in rebate.
Verizon Wireless products and services are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating Circuit City and RadioShack locations and on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 40 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD)(LSE:VOD). 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 Mobile Web
Mobile Web 2.0 gives Verizon Wireless customers access to news, tools and information from the nation's top content providers. The simple, intuitive format makes it easy to access content from many categories, including News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Business, Email and more. Mobile Web 2.0 is self-provisioning, eliminating the need for customers to call customer service or visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store to sign up for the service.
About Sorrent, Inc.
Sorrent is a leading creator and global publisher of wireless entertainment. Sorrent's critically-acclaimed content features single and multiplayer games, based on original and licensed properties, including an award-winning suite of FOX Sports titles. Sorrent has developed a proprietary technology infrastructure that delivers graphically rich, fast-paced mobile games on more than 100 Java and BREW-enabled handsets. With offices in San Mateo, California and London, England, the company's extensive distribution network includes international and U.S. wireless carriers, such as Verizon Wireless. Founded in 2001, Sorrent has attracted top tier venture capital firms including NEA, Sienna Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. For more information, visit www.sorrent.com.
About FOX Sports Interactive Media
FOX Sports Interactive Media (FSIM) develops new media initiatives for FOX Sports and FOX Sports Net. FSIM distribution channels include Internet (www.foxsports.com), broadband, wireless and interactive television. FOXSports.com is a comprehensive and entertaining online source of sports news, information, listings, games and special features about programming on FOX Sports, Fox Sports Net, FOX Sports Radio and much more from the world of sports. FSIM is owned and managed by FOX Sports Networks, a subsidiary of FOX Entertainment Group, a division of News Corp.