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Use SMS Soccer-Speak To Root For Your Favorite World Cup Teams

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — The 2002 FIFA World Cup™ brings cultures and languages together as soccer fans from around the globe unite to watch their national teams battle for the World Championship title. The United States is home to people from every nation who will be cheering for their favorite teams and stars during this anticipated event, which starts on May 31 and goes through June 30, 2002. Soccer-speak is international, so Verizon Wireless customers in the United States can "talk" about the games with friends across the country - regardless of what language they speak - thanks to Verizon Wireless' Mobile MessengerSM short text messaging.

To help soccer fans communicate easily and quickly in any language, Verizon Wireless offers these text messages to help fans from every nation share their love of the game:


  • Goal/Score = IOIPenalty = XXMiss = OIIPlayer = #Kick = --OReferee = IPass = -O-Goalie = 8Save = IXIOffense/Defense = >/<Win = :)Flag = I>Loss = :(Dropped Ball = THero = PELEKick-off = X-OInjury = -/-Ball in Play = LO


    And use these universal abbreviations to cheer for favorite teams:

    Argentina = ARGBelgium = BELBrazil = BRACameroon = CMRChina PR = CHNCosta Rica = CRCCroatia = CRODenmark = DENEcuador = ECUEngland = ENGFrance = FRAGermany = GERItaly = ITAJapan = JPNKorea Republic = KORMexico = MEXNigeria = NGAParaguay = PARPoland = POLPortugal = PORRepublic of Ireland = IRLRussia = RUSSaudi Arabia = KSASenegal = SENSlovenia = SVNSouth Africa = RSASpain = ESPSweden = SWETunisia = TUNTurkey = TURUruguay = URUUSA = USA

    Mobile Messenger is Verizon Wireless' short text message service. Mobile Messenger is fast, fun, discreet and inexpensive. Customers can get Mobile Messenger in several ways. They can pay as they go for $0.02 per message received and $0.10 per message sent or select from three bundled plans: 100 sent or received messages for $2.99 per month; 200 sent or received messages for $3.99 per month; and 600 sent or received messages for just $7.99 per month. Extra sent messages are $0.10 each and received messages are $0.02 each. Customers need a two-way messaging-capable wireless phone and Verizon Wireless digital service.

    Verizon Wireless Mobile Messenger subscribers can also sign up for We've Got Scores to automatically receive customized wireless alerts for scores for soccer's biggest tournament, statistics and player information. The Every Change in Score with Summary alert keeps Verizon Wireless customers on the ball with immediate updates sent to their handsets as the action happens. To activate the alerts, simply log on to the Verizon Wireless Web site at and follow instructions to set up the World Cup alerts they want to receive.

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