10 Things You Didn't Know Your Wireless Phone Could Do

NASHVILLE, TN — For many people, their wireless phone is a daily companion and communications lifeline to family and friends. But, how much do you really know about your wireless phone?

Whether you are a soccer mom or boardroom business leader, your wireless phone can serve as a convenient, useful tool. Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading provider of wireless communications, offers tips to help you maximize your wireless phone's potential.

So here are 10 things you probably didn't know your wireless phone could do:

Receive informational alerts. You can receive more than 100 informational alerts, such as weather forecasts, stock quotes, horoscopes, a joke of the day, a foreign phrase of the day and up-to-the-minute sports scores on your wireless phone.

Start a chat group. Are you the only sports fan in your office, or do you want to chat about the Derby, but you can't find anyone nearby? Start a chat room using Verizon Wireless' TXT Communities and talk with people who share your interests. Or you can start your own private group with family or friends.

Play a game. While waiting in the doctor's office or as a passenger on a long car ride, play a game on your wireless phone. Through several wireless carriers, customers can download favorite games. Some of the most popular games offered by Verizon Wireless are Lord of the Rings, Family Feud, Bowling by JAMDAT and JAMDAT Solitaire.

Lost? Get an address. On the way to an important client meeting, and oops, you left the address at your office. No need to ask a gas station attendant for a phone book. Simply pull over to the side of the road and use your wireless phone's Web browser to look up the business address.

Customize your ring tones. You can choose from a variety of ring tones such as the latest pop hits and TV theme songs. Select a different song as a ringer for your significant other, boss and best friend.

Share photos with family and friends. Want to share photos of your newborn with friends, family or co-workers? Would you like to show potential homebuyers photos of their dream home? You can download photo applications using your wireless phone.

Search the Internet. You can search the Web using your wireless phone. You can access your MSN® Hotmail account, send an instant message, receive personalized alerts and access customized Web content from MSNBC, ESPN and more.

Talk on command. Do you need a quick and easy way to connect with your office or family? Just say the word. Now customers can use their voices to get connected through Verizon Wireless' Voice Gear, a suite of services that lets subscribers access personal corporate email, make calls and access news, weather, sports and other content from their wireless phone using voice commands.

Use productivity tools. Your wireless phone can help you organize your life. Using your wireless phone, you can get diet tips, the currency exchange, check out the latest concerts, discover a new restaurant to try, find the nearest ATM, see what movies are opening and much more.

Send and receive text messages. When you can't talk, or you just want to put it in writing, text messaging can help you quickly get your message across. For example, you might text-message a friend on a blind date to ask "R U :)" (Are you happy)? Visit www.vtext.com to learn more about text messaging from your wireless phone or to set up personal text alerts to remind you of important appointments, meetings, birthdays or anniversaries.

By visiting www.verizonwireless.com, you can learn more about the products, services and prices for applications that make your phone more than just a phone. Or visit a Verizon Wireless store near you, where a customer service representative can help you customize your wireless phone to meet your life's demands.

Note to Editor: Each wireless carrier offers a variety of services and features. Also, each wireless phone is different and offers a variety of applications. Not every model offers all of the features listed above. Customers should see their owner's manuals or check with a Verizon Wireless customer service representative to determine their phones' capabilities and the price of each of the above applications.

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 33.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.