Verizon Information Services Launches Enhanced

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DALLAS, TX - Verizon Information Services, the world's largest directory company, today announced the launch of an enhanced service, the nation's leading online yellow pages and shopping resource., formerly of Bell Atlantic, and and, formerly GTE's online directories, have been combined into a single location making it the most complete, national, online Yellow Pages directory and a leading information resource on the Web. Users can access the site through the Internet at

" is much more than a phone book on the Internet," said Pat Marshall, group vice president - marketing for Verizon Information Services. " makes the Internet a more manageable and useable resource for consumers, and provides small businesses with an easy and cost-effective means of establishing an Internet presence on a highly trafficked, well-known site."

In addition to the newly added PeoplePages, an online, nationwide residential directory, the new site features a new look and redesigned logo. The introduction of several new features, including Merchant Match, more complete Yellow Pages listings, EZChooser, and enhanced shopping content under SuperTopics, make the site a more comprehensive resource and research tool for consumers and small businesses. Also, for those who want to access via wireless technology, Verizon recently launched a wireless application protocol (WAP)-enabled version of for use with Web phones and a downloadable web clipping application for users of the Palm( VII series handheld computer. will continue to offer users the most complete, nationwide, Yellow Pages directory, online shopping, Consumer Guide product reviews and recommendations, classified ads, local discounts, special offers, maps and driving directions. Super Topics, a new section on the site, features a variety of categories including Entertainment & Leisure, Business and Home Improvement that provide direct links to online merchants and useful information and tips to help consumers become informed shoppers. users can search for local merchants, as well as for products and services that might be located across the country.


Verizon will continue to enhance the site with new features, resource offerings, and technology to make the site the primary Internet resource for consumers and small businesses. At launch the following new features will be available immediately.

Based on a recent agreement with, Verizon has added a reverse auction capability to This new feature, called Merchant Match, links interested buyers to qualified merchants creating a buyer/seller matching network. The service will enable local businesses to find new customers and drive sales, and helps buyers make informed purchasing decisions allowing them to receive multiple bids on a specific purchase through one simple online request form. will begin enhancing its Yellow and White Pages database Verizon's business and residential telephone listings. The largest telephone company in the world, Verizon Communications provides wireline services in 67 out of the top 100 U.S. markets. Adding the listings from these key markets to the database will make the most accurate Yellow and White Pages service on the Internet.

EZChooser is a feature within Consumer Guide's New Car Guide found on Users can compare the features of multiple vehicles within the same class including base price, loaded price and mileage. The selection is reduced to the number of vehicles available that match the user's specifications, helping consumers arrive at the optimal selection.

Merchant Match and EZChooser are the first of many enhancements Verizon is planning to make to the site.

" connects people. Whether you're a small business owner or consumer, has the tools to make the Internet a valuable shopping resource," said Marshall. "EZChooser and Merchant Match are features designed to attract these groups to each other, introduce them, and keep them working together."

About Verizon Information Services and

Verizon Information Services is the world's leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. As the largest directory company in the world, Verizon Information Services earns annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and has more than 11,000 employees.

The company provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly 2,500 directory titles in 47 states and the District of Columbia and 18 countries outside the U.S. This includes more than 1,600 Verizon directory titles with a total circulation of approximately 112 million copies in the U.S. and 41 million internationally.

Verizon Information Services also produces and markets, the Internet's #1 online yellow pages directory and a leading shopping resource. has received up to 4.2 million visits and up to 2.3 million unique visitors per month.

Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications, headquartered in New York, N.Y. Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. For more information on Verizon, visit


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