VERIZON WIRELESS AND AIRBORNE ENTERTAINMENT OFFER MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT TO MILLIONS
PocketBoxOffice™ Is Now Available Through Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web Service
June 21, 2001
BEDMINSTER, NJ and MONTREAL, QC
Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless provider in the United States, and Airborne Entertainment Inc., a leader in the creation and aggregation of wireless entertainment, today announced that Airborne's popular and compelling PocketBoxOffice™, "The World's First Micro Entertainment Network," is now available. Verizon Wireless subscribers of Mobile Web can access PocketBoxOffice™ through the Entertainment section.
"As our subscriber base grows, so does the content offering to our customers," said Gary Schulman president of Wireless Data and Internet Services for Verizon Wireless. "We continue to search for strategic content partnerships, such as Airborne Entertainment, that provide our customers with the content they are seeking. Frankly, the offerings from Airborne Entertainment are a load of fun."
PocketBoxOffice™ delivers short bursts of innovative, original content specifically designed for wireless devices and their users. Launching with the cheeky slogan "Is that PocketBoxOffice™ or are you just happy to see me?" the premium service unifies all of Airborne's popular offerings with an exiting range of star-brand entertainment. Verizon Wireless users now have access to TheFunniest, CraniumCrank, Dear Abby, The Last Word in Astrology, News of the Weird, a movie channel, cheeky TV Guy reviews and much more to come.
"This partnership with Verizon Wireless is a very important step for us in terms of bringing mobile entertainment, and our PocketBoxOffice™ offering, to as many people as possible," says Airborne Entertainment CEO Garner Bornstein. "We're thrilled to be able to deliver all kinds of fun on the run to Verizon Wireless users."
Airborne Entertainment President Andy Nulman concurs: "As the user-base grows and people begin to understand this new form of entertainment, we'll be right there, alongside Verizon Wireless, with even more engaging and newer varieties of entertainment and technology."
Verizon Wireless' nationwide Mobile Web service combines the convenience and mobility of wireless communications with popular content from the World Wide Web. The Mobile Web service, which runs on Verizon Wireless' robust and reliable, coast-to-coast network, delivers Web-based information customers want on their wireless handsets.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
About Airborne Entertainment
Airborne Entertainment develops, manages and distributes high quality entertainment programming specifically for wireless devices. Airborne connects entertainment content providers with wireless carriers through RUNWAY™, a sophisticated content management and distribution platform. Parent company of the PocketBoxOffice™ Micro-Entertainment Network, Airborne Entertainment was named one of "25 Up & Comers: The Companies to Watch For" by National Post Business Magazine. Its wireless specialty channels currently reach 80 percent of the U.S. market and 100 percent of the Canadian market. With strong, double-barreled expertise in technology and show business, Airborne is defining itself as a "one-stop entertainment solution" for wireless carriers and distributors. A privately held company, Airborne Entertainment was founded by Canadian Internet industry pioneer Garner Bornstein; Andy Nulman, the long-time CEO of Montreal's renowned Just For Laughs Comedy Festival; Telesystem Ltd., the holding company of wireless industry veteran Charles Sirois, and Cable Atlantic Inc. For more information, please visit www.AirborneEntertainment.com.