generationPIX Brings Logitech Mobile Video To Verizon Wireless Customers
Verizon Wireless Get It Now Service is the Only Place in the U.S. to Get Live WebCam Images Through Leading Web Camera Manufacturer
January 30, 2003
BEDMINSTER, NJ and SAN FRANCISCO, CA
A picture can say a thousand words, and with today's launch of the LogitechR Mobile VideoTM service, Verizon Wireless customers can now use their wireless phones to view live webcam images from virtually anywhere. Verizon Wireless customers with a Get It NowSM-enabled phone can view live images from personal or publicly available web cameras directly from their handsets with the Logitech Mobile Video application powered by generationPIX.
"The introduction of this Logitech Mobile Video service further widens our lead in the downloadable arena. Our uniquely available Get It Now service gives our customers innovative, fun and useful communication applications they can access directly from their wireless phones," said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless data and Internet services for Verizon Wireless. "The Logitech Mobile Video service brings an exciting new dimension to Get It Now by enabling our customers to visually connect with family and friends, as well as view public web cameras right from their phones."
Using the Logitech Mobile Video service powered by generationPIX, Verizon Wireless customers can view public web cameras as well as password-protected private web cameras from their pre-selected 'Friend's List'. When a private web camera is selected, viewers enter the appropriate password to be connected to a web camera from their wireless phone, and they can see the one-way video directly on the phone's LCD screen. Users can also receive an SMS message notification that will alert them when a friend's camera comes online so they don't miss those special live video moments. For example, when one parent is traveling, they can see their child's smiling face while on the road. Logitech Mobile Video offers a host of public cameras on their Web site, http://mobilevideo.logitech.com, which can be accessed directly from Get It Now phones.
"We are very excited with our relationship with Verizon Wireless and Logitech to deliver Logitech Mobile Video to wireless users nationwide," said Michael Branzuela, CEO of generationPIX Inc. "Our ability to send Logitech web camera images to mobile phones is a phenomenal step forward for the rapidly growing audience of next generation wireless phone consumers."
"Logitech continues to offer innovative, powerful, real-time visual communication applications and cameras to consumers," said Junien Labrousse, senior vice president and general manager of Logitech's Video Business Unit. "Verizon Wireless' Get It Now service enables us to bring the benefits of live video to people on the go. By extending the reach of our web cameras to wireless phones through Logitech Mobile Video, we're providing an exciting new way to visually share experiences."
Current Logitech web camera owners can take advantage of the Logitech Mobile Video application by producing private or public video content that Get It Now users can view. The desktop version of this application will ship with all Logitech web cameras and can also be downloaded from http://mobilevideo.logitech.com.
Verizon Wireless customers who purchase a compatible full-color Get It Now phone can subscribe to Logitech Mobile Video directly from their Motorola T720 or the CDM-9500, by downloading the application, which costs $4.99 per month for unlimited use in addition to airtime used. Currently, Verizon Wireless is offering a free trial of the Logitech Mobile Video service. Get It Now phones are available in more than 1,300 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack stores, or on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
The Motorola T720 is currently being offered for $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year agreement while the CDM-9500 retails for $149.99.
About Get It NowSM
Get It Now service from Verizon Wireless expands a wireless phone into an entertainment device that can also increase personal productivity. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones. Get Games and Get Fun keep customers entertained, while Get Going applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more. View and share digital photos with Get Pix or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with Get Tones. A variety of license-pricing options from a free demonstration to single use to monthly subscriptions are available.
San Francisco, Calif based generationPIX Inc. (http://www.generationpix.com) is a provider of consumer and enterprise mobile media products. By partnering with leading firms, generationPIX develops and delivers innovative audio, video and animation solutions for wireless handsets based on the company's GPiX streaming video compression technology which was designed specifically for use over 2G and 3G wireless carrier networks.
Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal interface products that enable people to effectively work, play, and communicate in the digital world. With corporate headquarters through its U.S. subsidiary in Fremont, California, and regional headquarters through local subsidiaries in Switzerland, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded in Switzerland on the Swiss Stock Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGI). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
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 32.5 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.
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