What Grads Want: Cool Wireless Handsets, Services From Verizon Wireless

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Want to give your graduate a gift that shows you understand their lifestyle and what they need to stay connected long after the cap and gown are put away? Then choose the gift of wireless from Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider. New handsets from Verizon Wireless, combined with the company's many cool and hip services that appeal to young adults, make it easy for graduates to stay in touch with their parents and friends and on top of the latest news, entertainment and information.

With Verizon Wireless' new IN Messaging, recent grads have the ability to send and receive unlimited mobile-to-mobile TXT, PIX, and FLIX Messages with other Verizon Wireless customers. The hottest way for graduates to communicate is also affordable — IN Messaging plans range from $5 additional per month to $15 additional per month.

The Samsung n330 is the hottest new phone for grads to use to send their TXT, PIX and FLIX Messages. And, it is the first in the U.S. with Immersion's VibeTonz touch sensations that beat to the rhythm, melody and dynamics of 15 preloaded ringers. The n330 also offers grads one button access to Verizon Wireless' Get It Now® virtual store of downloadable games, productivity applications and ring tones, plus single button access to quickly take grads to a text message screen to TXT their friends.

The n330 is available for $69.99 with a two-year customer agreement at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country.

Every grad wants to keep those school contacts long after graduation. Give the grad a phone loaded with Backup AssistantTM, available on the getGOING shopping aisle of the Get It Now virtual store. With Backup Assistant, grads' address books are automatically safeguarded against phone loss, damage or theft, and the application eliminates the need to manually transfer contacts when the phone is replaced or upgraded. Graduates can rest assured that they will always be able to stay in touch with their school friends, long after their books are put away. Backup Assistant is available on select Get It Now phones for $1.99 monthly access.

For the grads who want to use their phone for more than talk and messaging, V CAST from Verizon Wireless gives them unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 regularly updated video clips from leading news, sports, weather and entertainment content providers — right on their phones. Stay on top of world events with CNN's "Now in the News," a rundown of the top stories from around the globe, and be entertained with segments from favorite television shows, such as "The Simple Life: Interns" (available for $0.99 per video segment). Grads can also discover new shows specifically designed for mobile phones, such as "24: Conspiracy," an original live-action thriller video clip series inspired by the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning drama "24." If the latest music videos are what a grad wants, they can use V CAST to access a rotating catalog of the latest music video titles from legendary and up-and-coming artists. Music videos on V CAST are available for $3.99 per music video — once downloaded grads can watch them anywhere because the videos are stored on the phone.

V CAST is the first true wireless broadband consumer multimedia service in the country, allowing customers to view crystal clear graphics for 3D games and video clips that run on Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network — the fastest widely available wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States.

For $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, graduates can get V CAST added to one of several slick V CAST-enabled phones such as the LG VX8000, available for $149.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content.

Verizon Wireless products and services are available at more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores nationwide, including Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and stores within Circuit City, as well as at authorized retailers including Best Buy and participating RadioShack locations. Customers can also find information and purchase Verizon Wireless products and services online at www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About Get It NowGet It Now from Verizon Wireless puts a virtual software store inside a wireless phone and lets customers download applications over the air and purchase them directly from their phones. Virtual shopping aisles, including getGAMES, getTONES, getGOING, getPIX, getFUN and getMESSAGING, are organized to help customers find what they want, when they want it.