They Made It To Graduation – Now Celebrate With Gifts From Verizon Wireless

BEDMINSTER, NJ — As the Class of 2003 looks to the future, the prospect of starting a career, finding a new place to live and making new friends can be both exciting and scary.  To help your graduate navigate the real world and ease the transition to independence, give a gift from Verizon Wireless.  The nation’s largest wireless provider has a wide selection of products and services that can help the recent grad settle into their new life and keep in touch with friends – both old and new.             

Ringing Resume – It is hard to predict when a job opportunity may come along, so having a Verizon Wireless phone on hand, with the nation’s most reliable network, means employers always have a way to get in touch.  With the new Kyocera 7135 Smartphone, job seekers can send updated resumes right from the office lobby or a reference list can be e-mailed to the interviewer soon after the meeting.        

Knack for Knowledge – They’ve got the interview – now it’s time to impress the potential employer.  Get It NowSM service from Verizon Wireless lets customers download applications directly to their wireless phone – including news and current event alerts, which grads can use as conversation starters. And if they get lost on the way to an interview, they can even quickly download directions so they arrive on time.  The Get It Now-enabled Motorola T720 cleverly combines the best of voice, messaging, and entertainment features into a sleek, sophisticated design to make it easy for grads to manage their world in full color.          

Creative Congratulations – Entering the real world is tough, so give your grad tons of encouragement whenever they need it with Mobile Greetings from Get It Now.  Right from your phone, send an animated greeting that says “Congrats on the new apartment,” “Good luck on the job interview,” or even “Come on over tonight for a home-cooked meal.”  Grads can also use the application as an easy and creative way to keep in touch with friends, to a send note to say “miss you” or “thinking of you.”           

Location, Location, Location  – Grads who move to a new city will need to quickly learn the essentials, such as the nearest take-out restaurants and the best bars and clubs. With Get It Now they can quickly locate important resources including nearby gas stations, movie theaters, ATM's, banks and shopping malls.  The Get It Now-capable LG VX4400 is a sleek, lightweight personal communication system with added features, including an internal phone book and voice-activated dialing—perfect for the grad on the go.           

Fraternize with Friends – Keeping in touch with friends is not dictated by the funds in your pocket with America’s ChoiceSM, the nationwide calling plan from Verizon Wireless.  Since Verizon Wireless has the most extensive network in the United States, America’s Choice virtually eliminates roaming, making calls anywhere on the Verizon Wireless America’s Choice network just like a local call.  So wherever the grad ventures after graduation, it’s affordable to keep in touch with friends and family from Hawaii to New York without running up a killer phone bill.             

Tight for Talk Time – TXT Messaging is very popular with college kids – and a great tool for graduates.  Send a quick message to far-away friends to say hello (“MISS U”), quickly contact future roommates when the apartment of their dreams becomes available (“2BR ON PRK!”), or send a quick note to a new business associate (“LNCH MTG L8R?”).         

With a Get It Now wireless phone from Verizon Wireless, consumers nationwide can download games, entertainment and productivity applications over the air onto their phone.  Pay-as-you-go charges vary depending on the applicable download charges; free demonstrations are available on many applications so customers can try before they buy.   Airtime is used during the selection and download process, and during the use of some applications after download. 

Verizon Wireless TXT Messaging customers can pay as they go for $0.02 for each message received and $0.10 for each message sent, or select from bundled plans for $2.99 monthly access for 100 messages, $3.99 monthly access for 200 messages and $7.99 monthly access for 600 messages sent or received.  With a two-year service agreement, the Motorola T720 is $179.99, the LG VX4400 is $199.99, and the Kyocera 7135 is $499.99.     

Verizon Wireless products and services are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack stores, or on the Web at

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, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).  Find more information on the Web at

About Get It NowGet It Now service from Verizon Wireless expands a wireless phone into an entertainment device that can also increase personal productivity.  Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones.  Get Games and Get Fun keep customers entertained, while Get Going applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more.  View and share digital photos with Get Pix or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with Get Tones.  A variety of license-pricing options from a free demonstration to single use to monthly subscriptions are available.