BEDMINSTER, NJ and SAN FRANCISCO — From the CTIA Wireless I.T. and Entertainment 2004 show at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, today announced it is teaming up with Buena Vista offering customers exclusive content and a $10,000 sweepstakes based on Walt Disney Pictures' National Treasure. To join in the excitement for the November 19 release of National Treasure, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to take advantage of a number of Get It Now®, TXT Messaging and Mobile Web 2.0SM applications and enter for the chance to win a treasure chest filled with $10,000.
Thrill seekers will be able to download National Treasure games and wallpaper in the Get It Now virtual Store, join TXT Communities and check out a wireless movie Web site to get the latest entertainment and news related to the movie.
Go Treasure Hunting with the National Treasure Adventure Game Embark on an adventure to discover the lost treasure of the Templar Knights by playing the National Treasure Adventure Game, soon to be available in the getGAMES shopping aisle. Play as Benjamin Franklin Gates and use his trusty crowbar to open secret passages and ancient treasure chests.
Decipher The Clues with National Treasure Puzzle Quest Help Benjamin Franklin Gates find clues to the national treasure by solving a variety of challenging puzzle games. Piece together the Jigsaw challenge, crack the Declaration Cipher and beat the All Seeing Triangle. The adventure will begin in the getGAMES shopping aisle. · Examine the Pictures Download wallpaper from the National Treasure movie in the getPIX shopping aisle with Picture Messaging-capable phones.
Assemble a Treasure Hunting Team Visit getTXT to find and chat with fans of the National Treasure movie in the National Treasure Chat TXT Community or discuss American history in the History Buffs TXT Community.
National Treasure Mobile Web Site In addition to the applications for Get It Now customers, Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0 customers will also be able to access information about the National Treasure movie and cast and tips about treasure hunting from the Walt Disney Mobile Web site. Verizon Wireless customers will also be able to view movie information for in-theater, coming soon and newly released to DVD movies. Mobile Web 2.0 is available for $4.99 monthly access, plus airtime.
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.
For Verizon Wireless customers, the treasure hunt doesn't end with Get It Now and Mobile Web 2.0 applications. Customers can enter for a chance to win the Verizon Wireless Dollar Bill TXT2WINâ Sweepstakes to win a treasure chest filled with $10,000. Twenty lucky second place winners will receive an LG VX6100 camera phone. To enter, customers simply txt message the serial number from any $1 bill to TRSR (8777) with their 2-way TXT Messaging-capable phones (standard TXT Messaging rates apply). Customers can also enter the Verizon Wireless Dollar Bill TXT2WIN Sweepstakes via mail by sending a postcard to:
Verizon Wireless National Treasure
c/o Upoc Networks Promotions Dept
65 Broadway, Suite 602
New York, NY 10006
Sweepstakes drawings will be held on December 19, 2004; January 2, 2005; January 16, 2005; and February 6, 2005. Customers can enter up to ten times each day. No purchase necessary. Void outside of the United States and where prohibited. Must be a legal resident of the United States, and at least 18 years or older. Entries must be received by December 31, 2004. For official rules visit www.verizonwireless.com.
Verizon Wireless products and services 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 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) and Vodafone (NYSE and 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 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.
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 can be self-subscribed, eliminating the need for customers to call customer service or visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store to sign up for the service.
About "National Treasure" (Walt Disney Pictures / Jerry Bruckheimer Films)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean
Bean, Justin Bartha and Christopher Plummer
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Story by: Jim Kouf and Oren Aviv & Charlie Segars
Screenplay by: Jim Kouf and Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jon Turteltaub
Executive Producers: Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Christina Steinberg, Barry Waldman, Oren Aviv, Charles Segars
A secret from our nation's past will lead to the greatest adventure in history.
On November 19, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Rock," and "Armageddon") and Director Jon Turteltaub ("Phenomenon," "While You Were Sleeping") team up to bring you "National Treasure."
Academy Award®-winner Nicolas Cage stars as the brilliant Benjamin Franklin Gates, third generation treasure hunter. All his life, Gates has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to become the greatest treasure the world has ever known. Hidden by our Founding Fathers, they left clues to the Treasure's location right before our eyes from our nation's birthplace, to the nation's capitol, to clues buried within the symbols on the dollar bill.
Gates' life-long journey leads him to the last place anyone thought to look: a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence.
But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning.
Gates realizes in order to protect the world's greatest treasure, he must now do the unthinkable: steal the most revered, best guarded document in American history before it falls into the wrong hands.
In a race against time, Gates must elude the authorities, stay one step ahead of his ruthless adversary (Sean Bean), decipher the remaining clues and unlock the 2000 year-old mystery behind our greatest national treasure.