Yes Virginia, Verizon Wireless Can Reduce Shopping Stress This Holiday Season

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — It's time to shop 'til you drop — at least Verizon Wireless can make it a bit easier for you. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the official kick-off to the Holiday shopping season. With malls jam-packed with crowds of eager shoppers trying to get a jump start on the Holiday bargains, it's easy to be on the road for hours, causing stress, headaches, and tons of impatience. But for Verizon Wireless customers, some of the unique services and features on their wireless phones can be used to help them get in and out of stores and finish their Holiday shopping even faster.

VZ NavigatorSM There is nothing worse than driving in traffic to yet another crowded department store, only to find that the perfect gift is not the right size, color, design, or just plain sold out. To save time by locating the nearest department store, VZ Navigator, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, can help. VZ Navigator uses Location Based Services (LBS), including mapping, audible turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to find over 14 million points of interest (like ATMs, restaurants and gas stations) so customers can find their way to new destinations quickly and easily. With VZ Navigator, customers see a map of their current location, with directions leading to a selected address, and hear turn-by-turn navigation with audible voice directions to any location in the U.S. VZ Navigator functions as an advanced navigation system on a wireless phone, but only costs a fraction of the price of vehicle-installed GPS devices and systems — perfect for customers who are in a hurry to find the nearest department store to finish their Holiday shopping. VZ Navigator is available for $2.99 for one day purchase or $9.99 for a monthly subscription.

Shopping Applications on Get It Now®Not sure what to buy? Or need a price check on that item? Verizon Wireless' Get It Now virtual online store offers several affordable applications available for download in the getGOING shopping aisle that gives information on pricing and daily bargains for shoppers on-the-go.

  • Consumer Reports® Mobile — Savvy customers can download Consumer Reports Mobile to get information on who has the best rates, get recommendations from Consumer Reports®, and compare pricing at major retail stores all on their wireless phones. Consumer Reports Mobile is available for $3.99 monthly subscription.

  • Daily Deals (ODD) — Customers who want to take advantage of extra bargains during the Holiday season should download Daily Deals (ODD), a Get It Now application that delivers exclusive deals of top name brands to mobile phones. Everyday, ODD offers a chance for customers to save up to 80% on electronics, apparel, jewelry, home goods, entertainment and more. ODD includes full color pictures of every deal and features information from hundreds of retailers. ODD is available for $3.49 monthly subscription.

  • Pocket Auctions for eBay® - Customers who need an even bigger break on some of their Holiday purchases, should check out Pocket Auctions for eBay that lets customers bid, buy, compare prices, and search on eBay all from their wireless phones, and is available for $3.99 monthly subscription.

Unlimited IN Calling When customers are shopping with a group of friends or family, sometimes it's easier to split up to get the shopping finished more efficiently. Verizon Wireless customers can sign up for Unlimited IN Calling that allows them to connect with more than 55 million Verizon Wireless customers without using up any of their plan minutes. So when Verizon Wireless customers hit the stores with their friends and family they can split up and call each other to meet up when they are finished shopping with the freedom of knowing that they are not using their plan minutes. Unlimited IN Calling is included on America's Choice® plans starting at $39.99 and higher (from within the America's Choice Coverage Area).

PIX Messaging When customers are shopping for someone else, and they are not sure whether they are buying the right gift, they can take a digital photograph and send a PIX Message directly from their phone to a friend or family member to make sure that pair of slippers is really what their dad would enjoy. Picture Messaging is a simple and affordable mobile service that transforms the way customers can communicate by sending full color pictures, sounds, and text all in one message. Verizon Wireless features Unlimited TXT, Picture and Video Messaging bundles for only $10 per month.

TXT Traffic Alert Service Shoppers using the Verizon Wireless TXT Traffic Alert Service can choose their preferred routes and designate which times of the day they would like to receive traffic update alerts, while saving time, fuel costs and the overall frustration of being on the road while staying informed of changing traffic information.

Customers can register for TXT Traffic Alerts by visiting, Verizon Wireless' TXT Messaging companion Web site, and selecting which traffic alerts they wish to receive. There is no charge to set up alerts, but standard TXT Messaging rates apply for TXT Traffic Alerts received.

Services are available on certain phones and devices and within specific coverage areas; for more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

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