WASHINGTON and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — National Geographic’s newly launched mobile division, National Geographic Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, announced today that National Geographic’s award-winning video content is available on the Verizon Hub. Available now from Verizon Wireless, the Verizon Hub is an easy-to-use system that puts a communications command center in the home. It bridges wireline and wireless connectivity and runs on any broadband connection – whether supplied by Verizon (FiOS Internet or DSL) or any other high-speed Internet service provider.
The Verizon Hub gives busy families information at their fingertips from an easy-to-navigate touch screen with on-demand access to an array of services. A wide range of National Geographic video content, from the smallest animals to the most fascinating places around the world, will be featured on three Verizon Hub V CAST channels: Kids, Travel and What’s New on TV.
“The National Geographic Mobile division was established to provide leading carriers such as Verizon Wireless with entertaining video, music, images and games designed for the mobile platform,” said Aaron Kohn, vice president and general manager of National Geographic Mobile. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our acclaimed video content to a new generation of consumers through the Verizon Hub.”
Recognized for its powerful videos and stunning photography, National Geographic will leverage its assets to feed the growing demand of Verizon Wireless customers who are looking for compelling, rich media content on the Verizon Hub. Verizon Wireless’ current relationship with National Geographic also gives customers access to animal sound ringtones on VZW Tones. Content is available to all customers at the National Geographic Mobile Web site, http://natgeomobile.com, and its online content storefront, http://mobilestore.nationalgeographic.com.
“We are delighted to be able to offer National Geographic’s award-winning kids and travel content on the Verizon Hub,” said Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “National Geographic’s content appeals to a broad range of consumers who are interested in the planet, and its availability furthers our goal to provide engaging entertainment to people of all ages.”
Pricing and Availability Customers need a wireless line of service with Verizon Wireless in order to purchase the communications command center since all billing for the Verizon Hub will be consolidated onto customers’ Verizon Wireless bills. In addition, customers need a Verizon Digital Voice plan for the Verizon Hub, which is $34.99 a month and offers unlimited calling in the U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories, including Puerto Rico, as well as unlimited messaging to and from Verizon Wireless phones.
The Verizon Hub is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement; additional cordless handsets, which can be placed throughout the home, are available for $79.99 each. For customers who do not own a wireless router, Verizon Wireless also offers a router to work with the Verizon Hub for $69.99.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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 National Geographic Ventures National Geographic Ventures (NGV) is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the National Geographic Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. NGV includes National Geographic Television production and distribution, National Geographic Television International, National Geographic Films and National Geographic Giant Screen Films, Kids Entertainment, National Geographic Home Entertainment, National Geographic Music and Radio, National Geographic Mobile, National Geographic Games, Digital Media including Digital Motion (formerly the Film Library), Nationalgeographic.com and National Geographic Maps. NGV creates and distributes content across multi-platforms and media providing outlets for the hundreds of scientific and expedition-based grants awarded each year. For more information, go to www.nationalgeographic.com.