ORANGEBURG, NY — Just in time for the busy summer entertainment season, Verizon Wireless is offering customers another way to keep track of upcoming concert events. Clear Channel Entertainment and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to provide fans with the latest news on concerts and schedules at the Westbury Music Fair and Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theatre on Long Island, and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, via TXT Messaging alerts on their Verizon Wireless phones.
Fans with Verizon Wireless digital phones can sign up online at www.vtext.com to receive the latest concert and event news. Clear Channel Entertainment provides the content for alerts directly to fans. The vast majority of Verizon Wireless' 40 million customers across the country have TXT Messaging-capable wireless phones.
The alerts are delivered to wireless handsets after users enable the service through Verizon Wireless' www.vtext.com simple-to-use TXT Messaging website. Vtext.com makes it easy to send messages to individuals and groups, and lets customers sign up for interesting and useful information alerts.
"For music lovers, there's nothing better than obtaining information on their favorite bands ahead of anyone else," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "And by obtaining information on your wireless phone, you have an instant pipeline to the latest concert announcements."
To send alerts, Clear Channel uses the Internet and a web-based authoring tool to enter up to 160 characters per alert of breaking news about upcoming concerts.
Each alert costs two cents to receive and fans may choose how often they want to obtain alerts. For fans who want the full benefits of two-way TXT Messaging, packages are available with 100 messages for $2.99 a month, up to 1,000 messages for $9.99 a month. To learn more about how to receive information alerts, go to www.verizonwireless.com or directly to www.vtext.com.
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