BEDMINSTER, NJ and KANSAS CITY, MO — Handmark®, a global leader in mobile media and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, today announced the immediate availability of the new 4.0 version of ZAGAT TO GOSM, the mobile version of Zagat Survey's hugely popular restaurant and entertainment guides, to Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0SM customers. Verizon Wireless customers with a Mobile Web 2.0-capable handset can now access more than 60 guides of trusted Zagat Survey content. Zagat guides include the latest reviews, ratings, pricing and other essential information for thousands of restaurants, nightspots and more. Information is presented in the classic Zagat Survey format that is familiar to all devoted Zagat users.
"The availability of ZAGAT TO GO on Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0 service makes this outstanding application accessible to more customers than ever before," said Douglas Edwards, Handmark co-founder and executive vice president. "Anyone for whom quality entertainment is important -- from frequent travelers and businesspeople to restaurant lovers -- will find ZAGAT TO GO an indispensable addition to their Verizon Wireless phone."
ZAGAT TO GO delivers a comprehensive collection of newly updated, survey- based guides for U.S. cities and locales as well as other top destinations around the world. Restaurant information -- the most well-known Zagat service -- is presented by neighborhood, cuisine, and special features, with ratings furnished for food quality, decor, service and cost. All restaurant data is searchable according to the customer's needs, making it easy to find the perfect restaurant for any occasion or interest.
In addition to its restaurant guides, ZAGAT TO GO also offers fun seekers ratings and reviews for nightlife in 20 cities including Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco and more.
ZAGAT TO GO is available now from Verizon Wireless on Mobile Web 2.0- capable handsets under the Food subcategory of the Entertainment category on "VZW Today", the Mobile Web 2.0 home screen. Mobile Web 2.0 can be self provisioned, 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 Mobile Web 2.0 on their Mobile Web 2.0-capable handset and get access to information and content right from their wireless handsets. Mobile Web 2.0 is available for a $5.00 monthly access, plus airtime. ZAGAT TO GO is a premium application and is available for an additional monthly fee of $2.99.
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Handmark is a global leader in the development and distribution of mobile content solutions. The company's flagship Pocket Express wireless service bundle offers consumer-friendly access to news, reference and infotainment content on mobile phones as well as BlackBerry, Treo and Windows Mobile wireless handhelds. The company also holds key mobile content distribution patents including Java-based push technology for wireless devices; has technology and distribution relationships with CNN International, Reuters, Oxford University Press, Hasbro, MobiTV and Zagat Survey as well major wireless carriers; and has an estimated 43 percent market share in mobile software titles sold through retail channels. Handmark has R&D facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden; Kansas City, Missouri; and Dallas, Texas, with sales offices in Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco, Stockholm, and London. For more information, visit http://www.handmark.com.
About Zagat Survey, LLC
Zagat Survey is the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based leisure content. With more than 250,000 surveyors, Zagat Survey rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories. Zagat content is available in print, on the Web, on the Palm and Pocket PC operating systems, on mobile phones, and on TV. For more information, visit http://zagat.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD; LSE). Find more information on the Web at http://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 http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.