Use Verizon for One-Stop Holiday Shopping; Win $25,000 in Prizes

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DALLAS - The weather outside is frightful, so cozy up to your computer to get everything on friends' and families' wish lists this holiday season by visiting Verizon Plus, you can enter to win a $25,000 post-holiday relaxation grand prize and several weekly prizes.

Just click on "shopping" at to search for toy stores, caterers, snowplows or airport shuttles. Print coupons and review sales circulars without having to leave your easy chair. Or search for and contact a local merchant to reserve that "gotta-have" gift before you leave home. You can even find a chimney sweep who will arrive before Santa slides down the chimney.

You can use many ways to make holiday shopping easier: research products before you buy; conduct side-by-side comparisons of new products, pre-owned items and product research data all on one page; buy gifts online; and rate businesses to help others make their decisions.

"Consumers use comparison shopping sites to research products, prices and availability before they buy," said Robyn Rose, vice president of eCommerce Marketing for Verizon "Instead of spending hours fighting crowds searching for the best deal, consumers can go to to find the best online and offline shopping information. Plus, provides user reviews and ratings on local businesses --- something most shopping engines don't do."

To rate a business listed on, simply click on "rate it;" to read about others' experiences, click on "reviews."

And since the holiday season can be a drain on both your wallet and energy, is offering you a chance to win more than $25,000 in prizes to help prepare for and recover from the holidays. The "Recover from the Holidays" sweepstakes, running through Dec. 31, rewards users for conducting searches, writing reviews, referring friends to the site, printing coupons and downloading the toolbar.

If you are selected in the January Grand Prize drawing, you can choose $25,000 in cash or a combination of special relaxation prizes of up to $25,000 in value including a beach vacation, a personal chef for a week, carpet cleaning, maid service for a year or a full day of spa treatments.

As a holiday treat, visitors now can hear the famous New York Sun editorial "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," read by James Earl Jones, the third part of a series of classic readings that celebrate's 10th anniversary.

About Verizon

Verizon Information Services, a division of Verizon Communications Corp. (NYSE: VZ), is the nation's most advanced provider of yellow pages and related shopping information. It has $3.6 billion in revenues from products including: Verizon Yellow Pages; Verizon (, the nation's best Internet directory and a leading online shopping resource; and the SuperPages On the Go information directory offered through Verizon Wireless Get It Now services and on other wireless carriers. The company is the largest publisher of Hispanic directories in the U.S. and the first to provide a Hispanic online shopping resource (

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