It's Out of This World!

NEW YORK -- It's an alien invasion of the best kind as Verizon today launches its 50 Aliens in 50 Days computer giveaway sweepstakes to promote the company's PlayLinc (http://surround.verizon.net/games) online game messenger.  Beginning Friday (Nov. 10) and running for 50 days through Dec. 29, Verizon will give away one Alienware Aurora(tm) 3500 gaming computer with 17-inch flat-panel monitor to one Verizon PlayLinc user each day.  Participants can find out more about how to register for each day's giveaway at www.verizon.net/50aliens.

Always free, extremely entertaining and very easy to use, Verizon PlayLinc is a superior game browser and messaging service that allows consumers to use free private servers to play games online and communicate with friends.  PlayLinc can be used with any broadband connection, but customers of Verizon's fiber-based FiOS Internet Service will benefit from the power of a super-high-speed fiber connection directly to their homes.

"From beginners to experienced players, Verizon PlayLinc is the ideal product for anyone who wants to play games online," said Jason Henderson, games product manager for Verizon.  "Our 50 Aliens in 50 Days computer giveaway gives online gamers a great incentive to try PlayLinc and experience its benefits for themselves.  We're sure that once gamers try PlayLinc, they'll be hooked."

Designed to help PC and console gamers find, play and chat with each other online, Verizon PlayLinc's innovative features include: 

  • Free Private Servers:  Gamers can set up and use high-speed private servers for free and invite only the people they want to play with.  This makes PlayLinc perfect for novices just starting out, or for serious players who want a certain level of competition. 

  • VoIP Functionality: PlayLinc's VoIP capability lets players talk directly to their friends, both in and out of a game. This helps teammates communicate during popular squad-based games or MMOs.

  • AOL Instant Messenger(tm) Integration: PlayLinc lets players easily round-up and chat with friends on-screen with AOL Instant Messenger(tm).

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 57 million customers nationwide.  Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks.  Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 250,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.