BEDMINSTER, NJ — It's big, bold and in vivid color. With Verizon Wireless' Get It NowSM service and a new color Get It Now wireless handset, consumers nationwide can download a variety of games, entertainment and productivity applications over the air onto their phone. Customers can Get Games to stay entertained when waiting in line, personalize their take-everywhere accessory when they Get Tones, and find their way more efficiently when they Get Going.
Downloadable applications for Get It Now are available under the categories of Get Games, Get Tones, Get Going, Get Pix, Get Fun and Get Mail.
Game addicts and sports enthusiasts can Get Games - baseball, bowling, golf and more - whenever the urge for a challenge strikes. Get Games offers Verizon Wireless customers popular games, such as Yahtzee® by HasbroTM and Solitaire by JAMDATTM. There are dozens of games available to play today, and Verizon Wireless will regularly roll out new applications that can be downloaded over the air onto Get It Now handsets.
Get Going applications are essential for today's mobile lifestyle. Customers can get real-time airport status and flight information, create an expense report and submit it before boarding the plane or locate a restaurant or store on a map when visiting a new city. They can also stay in touch with family and friends because Get Pix lets them view and share digital photos and images on their wireless phone.
Get It Now also offers consumers the latest in phone personalization with Get Tones. Users can get cool ring tones covering their favorite songs, popular movie and TV show themes, and holiday standards. With so many options, customers can truly customize their phones so that a love song plays when their significant other calls, a blues song plays when it's the boss calling and a party song rings when friends call.
The premiere Get It Now phone, the Motorola T720, runs Get It Now downloads over Verizon Wireless' CDMA digital network. It also features the latest in wireless technology and is compatible with the Verizon Wireless high-speed Express NetworkSM. With the Express Network, Verizon Wireless customers can wirelessly connect to the Internet to Get Access - stay in touch with e-mail and stay on top of the latest news and information from the Internet - at speeds similar to or better than those users experience when dialing in from their home PC.
The Motorola T720 offers Get It Now compatibility with a color display, interchangeable front and rear covers and is GPS-enabled for E911 emergency services (where available). The Motorola T720 has a suggested retail price of $299.99 when customers sign up for a two-year service agreement with Verizon Wireless or $199.99 after a mail-in rebate (when customers sign a service agreement and mail in their old wireless phone with the rebate form).
Verizon Wireless is the first and only wireless service provider in the U.S. to offer a service like Get It Now, which downloads software applications over the air using BREWTM technology from QUALCOMM. The company initially launched downloadable applications commercially on March 18, 2002 in San Diego and nationwide on June 17, 2002.
Verizon Wireless customers with a Get It Now-capable phone can purchase applications by selecting the Get It Now shopping cart icon right on their phone. Customers can demo applications and select from a variety of license pricing options. For example, 99 cents for three uses, or $1.99 for a monthly subscription, can provide unlimited use for the duration of the subscription.
Airtime charges accrue during the selection and download process, which depending on the application size, may take seconds or a few minutes. Once downloaded, applications that do not require a wireless connection can be accessed anytime without incurring airtime charges. Purchased applications will appear on the customer's monthly Verizon Wireless service bill.
In the next several weeks, Verizon Wireless will offer additional Get It Now-enabled phones. In addition to the Motorola T720, Get It Now can currently be accessed on the Verizon Wireless Z-800 with full color display ($199.99 with a two-year service agreement) and the Kyocera 3035e ($49.99 with a two-year service agreement with a $50 mail-in rebate). Customers can purchase Get It Now-capable phones at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout the country, at participating RadioShack locations, or online at www.VerizonWireless.com.
For more information or to view the list of currently available Get It Now downloads, customers can visit http://www.VerizonWireless.com/ics/plsql/getitnow.intro.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 30.3 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.