DALLAS - Picture this: It's late. You're a tired and hungry student. That 8 a.m. mid-term is coming up fast. You're staring an all-nighter straight in the face, and you'll never get through it without a pepperoni pizza.
What you need is the number of a nearby pizza delivery place so you can satisfy your craving and get back to the books fast. Verizon can help, with its new Campus Area Yellow Pages service at SuperPages.com (www.superpages.com), which is designed to help college students find what they need in a hurry. With a few quick clicks, students at more than 700 colleges and universities nationwide can now easily locate a phone number, address and map for nearby pizza places, coffee houses, restaurants, apartment complexes - any type of business you would expect to find near a college campus.
"This service is perfectly geared to today's students, who are chronically short on time and rely on online resources to simplify their lives," said Shirley Heath, executive director of e-commerce marketing for Verizon Information Services. "Verizon SuperPages is the first Internet directory to offer a service like this designed around the particular needs of college students."
Using the new service is easy. Students simply log on at www.superpages.com/campus, click on their college, and then key in the type of business they are looking for. In an instant, they can view a list of all businesses that fit their chosen category, starting with those closest to campus. While the default search for each college uses the main campus as the starting point, students can also plug in a different address - an off-campus apartment, for example - and use that as the starting point for searches.
Mapping features include detailed maps of the surrounding campus area, as well as a Map-Based Search tool, which plots the location of all businesses within a designated category on a map with the campus at the center of the map.
Campus Area Yellow Pages also provide links to each university or college home page, and the surrounding town's City Pages, which highlight top attractions, events and historical sites in the area. To simplify the process even further, Verizon is inviting each university to add the link of the school's SuperPages.com search page to its university Web site, and students can bookmark the site to make those searches even faster.
Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's number one online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 16 million visits and 9 million unique visitors a month and powers directory services on MSN, InfoSpace, Excite, Lycos, Univision.com, Terra.com, YupiMSN.com, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, BigFoot, Tripod and Angelfire as well as more than 2,500 affiliates.
A Fortune 10 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $67 billion in revenues and 221,000 employees. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 137.6 million access line equivalents and 34.6 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with 14.6 million long-distance lines. The company is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.