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Online Smartphone Resource Center Helps Verizon Wireless Customers Make Smart Wireless Decisions

Online Smartphone Resource Center Helps Verizon Wireless Customers Make Smart Wireless Decisions BASKING RIDGE, NJ — August 25, 2009 — Whether you’re a tech savvy professional planning to upgrade to the latest in wireless technology or someone considering a smartphone for the first time, Verizon Wireless has a one-stop online destination to help customers find everything they need to know about the company’s extensive smartphone lineup. Today, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network launched the official Verizon Wireless Smartphone Resource Center to help customers find the best smartphone to meet their wireless needs. Customers can view the Smartphone Resource Center by visiting

A visit to the Verizon Wireless Smartphone Resource Center lets customers explore the features, details and specifications of Verizon Wireless’ range of smartphones; receive in-depth training and answers to commonly asked questions on each model; and experience interactive simulators to learn about advanced functionalities. The interactive Web site also features an online community to allow customers to post reviews and participate in discussions with others.

Verizon Wireless offers an assortment of smartphones with an array of features, including global capabilities, touch screens, WiFi support, various operating systems, and access to the full gambit of Verizon Wireless’ services such as VZ Navigator(SM), Visual Voice Mail and V CAST Music with Rhapsody. Plus, customers who choose Verizon Wireless get reliable e-mail access, the ability to download hundreds of applications and extensive 3G coverage for ultra-fast, full Web browsing on-the-go.

For information on smartphones from Verizon Wireless, visit the Verizon Wireless Smartphone Resource Center at Customers can also visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to Business customers should contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney 908-559-7518

Qualcomm's BREW Selected by Cox Communications

Qualcomm's BREW Selected by Cox Communications SAN DIEGO - August 21, 2009 - Qualcomm Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, announced today that Cox Communications will utilize BREW® technology to enable aspects of its mobile data experience.

Following the launch of Cox's wireless service, its wireless subscribers with BREW-enabled handsets will be able to download a wide variety of applications from categories such as games, tools, lifestyle, location, messaging and ringtones. Qualcomm will host the BREW service for Cox, enabling them to provide their customers with a dynamic mobile application shopping experience.

"In today's competitive telecommunications market, providing subscribers with premium data services that are relevant to them helps build brand recognition and customer loyalty,"ť said Arvin Chander, vice president for Qualcomm Internet Services. "Deploying their BREW-based service gives Cox the opportunity to generate additional revenue within wireless services."

"The overall customer experience is a key factor in choosing operating systems to support our wireless service,"ť said Dane Dickie, executive director of product operations at Cox Communications. "Qualcomm's BREW will enable our customers to enjoy a personalized experience with our wireless service."

Qualcomm Contacts:

Sunni Tweet, Qualcomm Internet ServicesPhone: 1-858-658-3505Email:

Emily Kilpatrick, Corporate CommunicationsPhone: 1-858-845-5959Email:

John Gilbert, Investor RelationsPhone: 1-858-658-4813Email:

V CAST Video From Verizon Wireless Now Playing On BlackBerry Storm Smartphones

V CAST Video From Verizon Wireless Now Playing On BlackBerry Storm Smartphones BASKING RIDGE, NJ — August 21, 2009 — Watching great television programs whenever you want just got easier as Verizon Wireless said today that its V CAST Video on Demand service is now available to BlackBerry® Storm™ smartphone customers. Beginning today, TV fans who don’t want to miss episodes of their favorite shows can download the application directly to their BlackBerry Storm smartphones and start watching exciting video programming on demand.

V CAST Video now features more than 100 full-length programs from leading broadcast and cable networks, including some of the summer’s favorite series and shows that will be premiering or returning this fall season. Programs, ranging from highly-rated drama and comedy series to reality programs and children’s programming, are available on demand in easy-to-watch segments that appear on the phone soon after their original air dates.

V CAST Video also delivers live sporting events, including NHL hockey games and an upcoming slate of college football games, so people who are away from their television sets won’t miss a minute of the action.

BlackBerry Storm smartphone customers are the first to enjoy V CAST Video on their Verizon Wireless smartphones. They can find V CAST Videos by going to the VZ Today link in their browsers, clicking on Get Apps, and selecting V CAST Videos to download the application. A V CAST Video icon will appear on the device’s home screen, and customers can move it to the place that’s most convenient for them.

V CAST Videos on the BlackBerry Storm smartphone features an updated design, making it easier for viewers to search for and watch the shows they want to see, as well as higher resolution video, taking advantage of the handset’s enhanced multimedia capabilities. The search function has been made more prominent, giving customers the ability to find specific programs or channels quickly.

BlackBerry Storm smartphone customers with unlimited data plans can add V CAST Videos for a $10.00 monthly subscription.

V CAST Video Also Available On Many Feature Phones

Customers who have select V CAST-enabled feature phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for just $3.00 for a one-time 24-hour use or by signing up for the $15.00 V CAST VPak monthly subscription, which includes access to V CAST Video featuring more than 100 full-length programs from leading broadcast and cable networks, the Verizon Wireless ESPN MVP service, Get It Now®, and Mobile Web services. Customers get unlimited basic video, but application download fees may apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime or megabyte charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content with any V CAST subscription.

For more information about products and services from Verizon Wireless, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit

Media Contact Info

Debra Lewis 908-559-7512

nPhase Selected as Name for Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless Joint Venture to Provide Advanced M2M Solutions

nPhase Selected as Name for Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless Joint Venture to Provide Advanced M2M Solutions SAN DIEGO — August 20, 2009 — The new joint venture between Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm Incorporated, announced at the Smart Services Leadership Summit on July 28, 2009, was named today - nPhase - and formally became an operational company. The joint venture draws the nPhase name from the original Chicago-based machine-to-machine (M2M) pioneer launched in 2003 as a start-up focused on providing customized M2M communications solutions to meet the unique needs of OEM clients.

The new nPhase will be led by original founder and CEO Steve Pazol, who will serve as the company president. Pazol most recently served as the vice president and general manager of the acquired nPhase group, which was renamed Qualcomm Global Smart Services.

“When we originally selected the name nPhase back in 2002, we knew this industry would be constantly changing and evolving, and we felt the name nPhase communicated this concept,” said Steve Pazol president of nPhase. “We have been very fortunate to have been a part of Qualcomm for the last three years. Now with a 50/50 joint venture between Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm, we look forward to providing M2M wireless communication and smart service offerings to this rapidly growing market.”

nPhase's management team includes a combination of original nPhase founding executives, former Qualcomm executives, and a Verizon Wireless executive. The company's Board of Directors includes: • Steve Pazol, president, nPhase • Len Lauer, chief operating officer, Qualcomm • Jack Plating, chief operating officer, Verizon Wireless • Andrew Gilbert, executive vice president and president, QIS and Europe, Qualcomm • Anthony Lewis, vice president, Open Development, Verizon Wireless For more information, go to Check back frequently as this exciting new business will be undergoing rapid change and development in the weeks and months to come.

VZ Navigator From Verizon Wireless Helps You Find – And Find Your Way To – Popular Destinations

VZ Navigator From Verizon Wireless Helps You Find – And Find Your Way To – Popular Destinations SAN DIEGO and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — October 7, 2009 — More customers than ever before are using VZ Navigator(SM) from Verizon Wireless to find their way around town or around the world, or to search for the nearest restaurant, movie theater or gas station, the company said today at CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment® 2009.

More than 65 percent of VZ Navigator customers use the service more than three times a week, making VZ Navigator their favorite way to discover things around them and decide what to do and how to get there. So far in 2009, Verizon Wireless customers using VZ Navigator made 11.5 million more inquiries than in 2008 to locate one of the 17 million local businesses, events and points of interest in the United States, including hotels, restaurants and historical sites listed in the application. VZ Navigator also helps drivers get the latest on traffic incidents and congestion, making their trips smoother and faster.

Popular searches on VZ Navigator this year include:

• Traffic: Searches for traffic updates and detours around traffic congestion hit more than 8.5 million per month, an increase of 93 percent from the previous year

• Fuel: VZ Navigator mobile consumers ran more than 480,000 searches to find gas stations with inexpensive fuel prices

• Showtimes: Searches for movie theaters were up more than 125 percent over last year, climbing to more than 1 million a month, sending viewers quickly toward the latest show

• Weather: VZ Navigator searches for customers who wanted to know whether or not to grab an umbrella or a scarf were up to more than a million per month, a 128 percent increase from 2008

VZ Navigator is a cost-effective solution for people looking for information delivered quickly and easily directly to their wireless phones. Verizon Wireless’ VZ Navigator service is a GPS-enabled application that transforms a wireless handset into a powerful navigation device and gives users visual and audible directions to a destination, helps them locate businesses or get maps of a location, and even share locations with others. VZ Navigator customers also have the ability to use to map, to get turn-by-turn directions, to add destinations to favorites, to perform local searches, and to sync with a their phones.

VZ Navigator is available for $9.99 a month for unlimited access or $2.99 for a one-day use on select Get It Now®-enabled phones in the Get It Now/Media Center, and select BlackBerry® and other smartphone devices. The monthly charge includes continuous updates to maps and points of interests, unlike traditional navigation devices and navigation devices built into automobiles that require annual upgrades to remain accurate. VZ Navigator is included for customers on the Nationwide Premium Plan. For additional terms and conditions, visit

VZ Navigator Global is available on the BlackBerry® Storm™, BlackBerry® Tour™ and HTC Touch Pro2™ smartphones for $19.99 per month.

VZ Navigator is powered by Networks in Motion, whose mobile services make anywhere you go feel like home because the important things you’re looking for are available in real-time right at your fingertips. The service empowers mobile consumers to make quick, smart decisions when they’re on the go. Verizon Wireless and Networks in Motion launched VZ Navigator in January 2006. For more information about VZ Navigator and other Verizon Wireless products and services, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

Media Contact Info:

Debra Lewis 908-559-7512

Motorola and TELUS Bring Canadians A Fashionable New Messaging Device

Motorola and TELUS Bring Canadians A Fashionable New Messaging Device TORONTO, Aug. 5, 2009 --Motorola provides Canadians the chance to dominate their social scene and never get thumb-tied again with the launch of the Motorola Rival A455, available today only at TELUS. With 7.2 billion text messages sent from Canadians in the first quarter of 2009*, Canadians are a text-savvy nation. Designed for quick and easy messaging(1), the Motorola Rival features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and one-touch access to texts, emoticons and instant messaging.

Available in this season's hottest colours, purple and tin silver, the Motorola Rival allows users to take and make calls using an external touch pad dialer without opening the slider. The Rival also offers a variety of multi-media features and access to TELUS premium services.

"With the introduction of the Rival, Motorola is offering text-savvy Canadian youth a device that optimizes their texting experience," says Glenn Kennedy, sales manager, Motorola Canada. "Featuring quick access to messaging functions and easy typing even in dark environments with a full backlit QWERTY keyboard(1), Rival helps you stay on top of your social scene."

"Texting is a very popular trend among Canadians," says Drazen Lalovic, vice-president of services planning and development at TELUS. "TELUS is responding to our clients' passion for texting by offering the latest and greatest texting devices, and the Motorola Rival fits the bill. It makes messaging fast, easy and fun."

Meet Shiloh

To celebrate the release of the Rival in Canada, Motorola is giving new Rival owners the chance to win a day with Universal Recording artist Shiloh. Also, for a limited time, the purchase of a Motorola Rival will include access to three free Shiloh songs.

Other key features of the Motorola Rival include:

- A backlit QWERTY keyboard that lights up either characters, numbers or symbols based on entry mode while texting in the dark.

- Ability to instantly connect with friends on Windows Messenger and Yahoo Messenger(1) with Mobile IM.

- Storage to hold up to 500 text messages in your inbox and outbox.

- Uploaded services including TELUS Mobile Music for access to millions of songs and TELUS Navigator for an enhanced navigation system right on your phone.

- Mobile Email that lets you access popular email services such as Yahoo, Gmail, and Windows Live to keep you connected while on-the-go.(1)

- A 3.5 mm headset jack and up to 8 GB optional removable memory to satisfy your appetite for music.

- A 2MP camera plus video capture/playback - great for picture and video messaging.

Talk hands-free on the Rival using the stylish Motorola H790 Universal Bluetooth(R) Headset, available now. Offering exceptional sound quality for conversations held on the go, the H790 is Motorola's thinnest ever dual-microphone headset yet and incorporates Motorola's revolutionary CrystalTalkTM technology, providing outstanding noise suppression, echo cancellation and wind noise reduction so you can hear and be heard even in noisy environments. The H790's Voice Prompt feature can be used to announce and manage incoming calls, connectivity, and even instruct users how to pair with their handset.


The Motorola Rival A455 is available only at TELUS for as little as $99.99 with a three-year commitment. For more information please visit or

The Motorola H790 Universal Bluetooth Headset is available at TELUS Mobility locations for $89.95 or online at

Media Contact:


Lena Beyer Hill & Knowlton (on behalf of Motorola Canada) (416) 413-4759

Shawn Filadelfi HKDP Communications et Affaires publiques (514) 395-0375 poste 258


Megan Fielding TELUS Media Relations (416) 883-3461

Young Adults Call the Shots on Their Wireless Connectivity

Young Adults Call the Shots on Their Wireless Connectivity OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Aug. 5, 2009-- Leaving home without a wireless phone or stranded on a desert island? For today’s highly connected youth, the feeling is one and the same, as more than 80 percent of young adults (18-34) cite their wireless phone as their “lifeline” to others, according to a recent survey from Sprint.

In a tech-heavy world, relying on a wireless phone for talking, texting, managing work calendars and monitoring Facebook has become commonplace for young adults ages 18 to 34. More than a third (38 percent) of employed young adults who own a wireless phone strongly agree their mobile phone is essential to managing a work/life balance, compared to only 18 percent of their counterparts ages 55 and older.

Young adults who have purchased a wireless phone also say phone applications, such as e-mail (23 percent), Internet browsing (31 percent), and contact/calendar management (45 percent), are the most important features when purchasing a new phone. This is starting to showcase the importance the younger generation places on their data services vs. their voice experience.

“Young people are increasingly reliant on their wireless phones for everything, and have come to expect more from their phones, especially with their on-the-go lifestyles,” said Lindsey Pollak, a Generation Y expert. “To young adults, wireless phones are their connection to friends, the office, their calendar, social media and games. They want it all, but don’t necessarily want to pay for it.”

While young adults have even greater expectations of what their wireless phone will do, they still remain cost-conscious of phone plans. Nearly 90 percent who have ever purchased a wireless phone say the price of a mobile phone plan influences their purchasing decision.

Price Plans

The price of a phone’s plan is a contributing factor in their purchasing decision for the majority of young adults (88 percent) who have ever purchased a wireless phone.

Nearly 45 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 who have ever purchased a wireless phone strongly agree that the price of their phone plan influences their purchasing decision.

Sprint Everything Data plans for both individuals and families allow consumers to select the number of voice minutes they anticipate using, while including messaging and data services as part of the plan cost – all at a substantial discount over competitors. Sprint’s Simply Everything plan, for example, allows customers to save $1,200 over two years vs. comparable AT&T plans for the iPhone.1 Furthermore, Sprint’s Simply Everything Family plan combines unlimited voice, data and messaging for two customers for one low price, at a savings of more than $1,910 over two years vs. comparable plans from AT&T and Verizon.2

Use of Features

While the majority of those ages 55 and older who have ever purchased a wireless phone (86 percent) report that ease of use is the most important feature when purchasing a mobile phone, their younger counterparts look to what the phone can do for them: 45 percent are more likely to look at the ability to manage contacts and/or calendar easily; one-third (33 percent) are more likely to expect a built-in keyboard; and 23 percent are more likely to consider the phone’s ability to access both work and personal e-mail. Texting

Nearly three-quarters (70 percent) of young adults who own a wireless phone are more likely to use text messaging constantly/often on their mobiles phones than their older counterparts (9 percent).

More than half (56 percent) of young adults who own a wireless phone and use text messaging report they text “pretty fast,” compared to 26 percent of their counterparts ages 55 and older. At the same time, 46 percent of young adults who own a wireless phone prefer to have a QWERTY keyboard for texting, and 24 percent of those 35- to 44-years-old prefer to have a QWERTY touch screen.


More than one in four (27 percent) young adults who own a wireless phone and have access to e-mail on it constantly/often use this application compared to their counterparts ages 55 and older (8 percent).

Social Media

For young adults who own a wireless phone and have access to social media sites on it, 25 percent of them use this constantly/often, compared to only 1 percent of those 55 and older. Younger adults are also more likely to check their social media profiles more often: A quarter (25 percent) of those 35- to 44-years-old check their social media profiles frequently, some of them every day.

Social media access even plays a role in purchasing a wireless phone: 18 percent of young adults who have ever purchased a wireless phone say that having it as a feature is most important.

This survey was conducted online June 24-26, 2009, within the United States by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Sprint among 2,025 adults ages 18 and older of whom 1,855 own a wireless phone. This online survey is not based on a probability sample. Therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Laura Lisec.


Sprint Laura M. Lisec, 913-794-3602

Novatel Merlin C777 Fact Sheet

Novatel Merlin C777 Fact Sheet August 3, 2009 – Access the company network, send and receive email with or without attachments and access the internet - Novatel Wireless Merlin C777 Sprint Mobile Broadband Card works with America’s Most Dependable 3G Network1 to provide a wireless experience allowing users to do what they want, when they want and where they want. Merlin C777 users will be at ease knowing they have the power of the most reliable network supporting their connection - PC World conducted a 3G comparison test and found Sprint as the more reliable network over Verizon Wireless and AT&T in 13 cities examined by the magazine.

BASICS: • Compatibility: Macintosh OS X, Linux as well as Windows® Vista, XP and 2000

• Dimensions: 4.7” x 2.1” x .75”

• Weight: 1.65 ounces

• Chipset: Qualcomm QSC6085

• Interface: 32-Bit CardBus Electrical Interface and ExpressCard USB Interface

• Dual-Band: 800 MHz/1.9 GHz

• Operating Voltage: Max: 500 mA; Idle 115 mA

• External Antenna Port: Yes


• Memory (RAM): 256 MB (Win2k), 256 MB (XP), 1 GB (Vista)

• Disc Space: 70MB

• CPU: 233 MHz (Win2k), 300 MHz (XP), 800 MHz (Vista)

• Disc Drive: CD-ROM

• Slots: PCMCIA Type II / Express Card


• 2-in-1 Card: Providing convenient use and travels easy, Merlin C777 is designed to work with both ExpressCard and PC slots. Merlin C777 includes a locked-in ExpressCard to the PCMCIA card form factor that can be detached by the user when required.

• Mobile Broadband Rev A Compatible

• GPS Enabled: Supports Sprint Location Services (Locate and Search leveraging the GPS-chipset in the Card) for Sprint Mobile Broadband users. Users can find nearby restaurants, gas stations, banks and more without entering their current location. Results are presented on a user’s choice of several popular online mapping tools. For more information visit

1”Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the top 50 most populous markets from January 2008 to February 2009. Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network when 3G unavailable.


Natalie Papaj, Sprint 703.433.3051

Patty Zamora, Novatel Wireless, Inc. 858.431.3726