Raleigh, NC, Bedminster, NJ and San Francisco — From the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment Show in San Francisco, Summus, Inc. (USA) (OTCBB: SUMU), a leading provider of mobile media applications, and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, today announce the launch of the newest version of Texas Hold 'Em by Phil Hellmuth, the real-time interactive multiplayer poker game for wireless phones. Available in Verizon Wireless' Get It Now® virtual store, customers can download the game in the getGAMES shopping aisle for $2.99 monthly access on select Get It Now-enabled phones.
Endorsed by poker icon Phil Hellmuth, the newest release of Texas Hold 'Em offers new interactive features and enhanced 3D graphics to provide the ultimate real-time poker experience. The game includes one of the mobile industry's most powerful 3D user interfaces, search capabilities to find friends and game chat to 'talk trash.' Moreover, in an industry first, players can meet up and locate Phil Hellmuth's poker table to go head-to-head for those who are up to the challenge. Further, the newest release showcases Turbo Tables, where players will have just 12 seconds to react and make their next move.
"The launch of the newly-featured version of Texas Hold 'Em on the Get It Now deck is the latest chapter in our long-standing relationship with Summus," said Paul Palmieri, executive director of business development for Verizon Wireless. "Our shared commitment to offer a variety of entertainment applications to subscribers is representative of our continued commitment to taking care of our customers."
The real-time interactive wireless multiplayer game is based on the poker phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. Initially launched in May 2004, the award-winning Texas Hold 'Em game has already experienced tremendous success with tens of thousands of subscribers and the growth of this mobile community continues to accelerate. Subscribers can play Texas Hold 'Em by Phil Hellmuth in solo or multiplayer mode. No real money exchanges hands, but winners are ranked on the Texas Hold 'Em ranking site (http://HellmuthHoldem.com), which displays the top money winners by week and month. Players can visit the site often to learn about rankings and How to Buy! This application launch is supported with a television campaign, and an interactive Web site (http://HellmuthHoldem.com).
"Verizon Wireless has contributed significantly to our success and the increasing popularity of Texas Hold 'Em," said Gary Ban, chief executive officer of Summus. "With industry excitement surrounding wireless multiplayer games, we believe this newest version with consumer-driven feature upgrades will reinforce our leadership position in multiplayer gaming while continuing to drive revenue," continued Ban.
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The Get It Now virtual store offers a catalog of more than 500 applications that are easy to use, including games, ringtones, productivity applications and more. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.
Get It Now phones are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating Best Buy, Circuit City and RadioShack locations, and on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth, with nine World Series of Poker (WSOP) wins earning $775,000 at his first championship in 1989, and two titles during 2003 is the leader on the WSOP money list with over $3.5 million in earnings. At his first win in 1989 Hellmuth became the youngest WSOP champion ever, at age 24.
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 40.4 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ - News) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD - News News). 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 Get It Now
Get It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone and lets customers download applications over the air and purchase them directly from their phones. Virtual shopping aisles, including getGAMES, getTONES, getGOING, getPIX, getFUN and getMESSAGING, are organized to help customers find what they want, when they want it.
Summus is a developer of solutions that optimize the consumer wireless experience. The company partners with leading content brands to develop compelling wireless games, news, photo and entertainment applications for the cell phone. Summus currently offers 26 cell phone applications deployed through 21 wireless carriers in the U.S and abroad. Summus builds these applications on its proprietary BlueFuel platform for efficient information processing. BlueFuel offers a high-powered, low-stress navigation that is designed for a consistently superior user experience. For more information, see www.summus.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Summus' business, products, and financial results. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. More information about potential risk factors that could affect our business, products, and financial results is included in Summus' annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003, and in reports subsequently filed by Summus with the Securities and Exchange Commission("SEC"). All documents are available through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov or from Summus' web site at www.summus.com. Summus hereby disclaims any obligation to publicly update the information provided above, including forward-looking statements, to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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