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Verizon Wireless Adds Traffic Info And Other New Features VZ Navigator
      #29910 - 04/01/08 11:28 AM

Verizon Wireless and Networks In Motion (NIM) announced today that the newest version of VZ Navigator will be available in April on select consumer phones and Windows Mobile devices. With the new VZ Navigator (Version 4), customers in 75 cities from coast to coast will be able to access traffic incidents, traffic updates and find detours around traffic congestion and accidents; more cities are expected to be added in the coming year. In addition, VZ Navigator will offer 3D perspective view, a movie and events finder, weather reports and forecasts, and gas prices at nearby gas stations. Here is more info:



Powered by Networks In Motion, Verizon Wireless' VZ Navigator service is a location-based service (LBS) application that utilizes GPS technology and real-time information feeds. When the new version launches in April, customers in 75 cities will be able to access the new traffic integration feature. In these markets, routes will be calculated using both historical and real-time reported traffic information ? the historical information will allow customers to see on average whether the traffic is impacted by traffic lights, heavy traffic or school zones. VZ Navigator?s historical data covers over 750,000 miles of roads in 48 states across the nation, making travel time estimates more accurate. The incident and flow information will tell customers how traffic is flowing, and will include details about reported accidents, disabled vehicles and congestion. NIM?s Traffic Tracking Center continually monitors conditions along the customers? routes, sending proactive alerts to drivers about conditions ahead of them on their chosen routes. Detour options allow for comparison of ETA and conditions, before selecting a new route. Traffic information is powered by NAVTEQ Traffic.

Other new features customers can expect to see on VZ Navigator (Version 4) include:

Local Movies and Events ? Customers can now search for show times, critics? ratings and other details for movies, concerts, plays, sporting events and other social events based on the physical location of their phones.
3D Perspective View ? Enhances navigation by displaying maps from angles customers would see through car windshields, making it easier to visualize turn-by-turn directions.
Gas Finder ? Provides customers with information on the location of gas stations close to their physical location and even provides gas prices at many gas stations in the area. Once a customer selects a station, VZ Navigator can also provide turn-by-turn directions to the selected gas station.
Weather ? Provides current weather conditions and forecasts based on the physical location of their phones without manually inputting an address.
Pricing
The newest version of VZ Navigator (Version 4) will be available next month for $9.99 for unlimited monthly access or $2.99 for one-day use on select Get It Now?-enabled phones in the Get Going section under Travel & Guides or Featured Apps. In addition, VZ Navigator (Version 4) will also be available on select Windows Mobile devices. Airtime or megabyte charges and specific terms of use apply when browsing, downloading and using the application. Traffic integration is only available in certain areas. Verizon Wireless customers who currently have a subscription to VZ Navigator can get a free upgrade by simply selecting Options from the main screen of VZ Navigator then selecting Check for Updates. For more information on VZ Navigator, visit www.verizonwireless.com/vznavigator.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

VZ Navigator?s traffic capabilities will be available on most major highways in the following markets at launch:

Alabama

Birmingham
Mobile
Arizona

Phoenix
Tucson
Arkansas

Little Rock
California

Fresno
Los Angeles
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
Colorado

Colorado Springs
Denver
Connecticut

Hartford
Florida

Jacksonville
Miami
Naples
Orlando
Sarasota
Tampa
West Palm Beach
Georgia

Atlanta
Illinois

Chicago
Indiana

Indianapolis
Kentucky

Louisville
Louisiana

New Orleans
Maine

Portsmouth
Maryland

Baltimore
Massachusetts

Boston
Michigan

Detroit
Grand Rapids
Minnesota

Minneapolis
Missouri

Kansas City
St. Louis
Nebraska

Lincoln
Omaha
Nevada

Las Vegas
New Mexico

Albuquerque
New York

Albany
Buffalo
New York
Rochester
Syracuse
North Carolina

Charlotte
Greensboro
Raleigh
Ohio

Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Dayton
Toledo
Oklahoma

Oklahoma City
Tulsa
Oregon

Portland
Pennsylvania

Allentown
Harrisburg
Lancaster
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Wilkes-Barre
Wilmington
Rhode Island

Providence
South Carolina

Greenville
Tennessee

Memphis
Nashville
Texas

Austin
Dallas
Houston
San Antonio
Utah

Salt Lake City
Virginia

Norfolk
Richmond
Washington

Seattle
Spokane
Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin
Milwaukee




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