BEDMINSTER, NJ and NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless customers who want an insider's view of their favorite sports team or celebrity need only go as far as their wireless phones. The nation's largest wireless service provider and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network today announced it has teamed up with Vindigo Studios, one of the best-known publishers and developers of consumer applications for mobile phones to launch two services: CelebrityNow! and ReplaySports. The applications, which feature celebrity and sports photos and news, made available by Vindigo Studios partner, WireImage, a leading digital photographic press agency and wire service, are available on Verizon Wireless' Get It Now® service.
CelebrityNow! reports the latest information from Hollywood, including photos and news from today's biggest stars. Verizon Wireless consumers can find images by recent events or easily search for information on their favorite celebrity. ReplaySports delivers news and photos on national and international sports events and athletes, allowing customers to search by sporting events, specific sports or their favorite sports hero. Both CelebrityNow! and ReplaySports are updated daily and feature high quality photos and highlight stories in a user-friendly format.
"Vindigo Studios is extremely focused on creating products that are easy-to-use and adopted quickly by consumers," said Jason Nevader, CEO of WireImage. "Entertainment and sports enthusiasts will be delighted at how quickly they can navigate these graphically rich applications, and how easy they can get the information they want with Verizon Wireless' Get It Now virtual store."
"WireImage's dedication to high quality photos reflects their commitment to always getting the best shot," said Jason Devitt, CEO of Vindigo Studios. "We're excited to publish their images in a new way and help develop a new revenue stream for the company, and thrilled to bring the applications to the millions of customers of the nation's leading wireless service provider."
Both applications are available in the in the getPIX shopping aisle; customers can get CelebrityNow! for $3.99 monthly access and ReplaySports for $3.49 monthly access. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless' digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store. For more information about Get It Now, visit www.verizonwireless.com/getitnow. Get It Now phones are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack and Circuit City locations, or on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 37.5 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 www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.
About Get It NowGet It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones. getTXT, getIM and getEMAIL help customers stay in touch and communicate with others. getGAMES keeps customers entertained, while getGOING applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more. View and share digital photos with getPIX, check out Web cams with getFLIX or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with getTONES. getALERTS keeps customers informed while getBROWSING lets them access the Web from their wireless phone.
About Vindigo StudiosVindigo Studios is one of the best-known publishers and developers of consumer information and entertainment applications for mobile devices. Vindigo Studios' proprietary technology and network of content partners power compelling applications on every major wireless carrier in the U.S. More than one million consumers have downloaded a Vindigo Studios application; Deloitte and Touche recently recognized the company as a "Rising Star" for its rapid revenue growth. More information can be found at www.vindigostudios.com.
About WireImage WireImage is a leading digital photographic press agency and wire service providing professionally licensed photography and assignment services to the world's media on a real-time basis. WireImage has extensive experience covering major entertainment, music, fashion, sports, news and corporate events. The WireImage photographer base comprises acclaimed professionals and industry veterans whose work is regularly featured in major domestic and international magazines, newspapers, Web sites, television programs, and advertisements.
Vindigo is a registered trademark of Vindigo, Inc.Get It Now is a registered trademark of Verizon Wireless####