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[December 05, 2012]

Verizon Visual 411 Enables Consumers to Find and Contact Businesses, Score Money-Saving Coupons -- and Get a Chance to Win Prizes

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Verizon is sponsoring a sweepstakes offering 13 prizes in the form of gift cards ranging up to $2,500 to encourage consumers interested in finding business addresses, phone numbers and money-saving coupons to check out Visual 411, Verizon's free business directory service accessible from PCs, lap-tops, tablets, smart phones and FiOS TV.

Beginning now and running through Jan. 21, 2013, consumers can enter the sweepstakes by visiting the official registration site online to answer a daily question about the new Visual 411 business search app. Answers, right or wrong, will result in a qualified entry, and customers can visit the site each day to provide another answer and receive a new entry. Consumers are limited to one entry per day, though there is no limit to using the service. A random drawing will be held on or about Jan. 23. Eligible entrants will have the opportunity to win a $2,500 gift card as the grand prize. Four $250 gift cards and eight $25 gift cards will also be awarded.

Official rules for the Verizon Visual 411 sweepstakes can be viewed here.

About Visual 411 Verizon Visual 411 is a new, multichannel, integrated approach to providing free directory services. The service can be accessed via a laptop, tablet or desktop computer; through a smart phone app on either the Apple or Android platform; or by a widget on a consumer's FiOS TV service. With one click, consumers can look up a business addresses and phone numbers; find coupons featuring special offers; and get maps and directions, weather forecasts, traffic reports and more. Visual 411 also empowers consumers to share this information via email, SMS, Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. Businesses also benefit from the additional exposure.

"With Verizon Visual 411, our overall goal is to provide consumers with a set of comprehensive directory features that will help them save time and money," said Marty Caproni, Verizon's director of product marketing and technology. "It's functionality across multiple communication platforms also makes it ideal for the borderless lifestyle consumers live with Verizon services, where every device and every location becomes your home base." In a June study on integrated directory services, Frost & Sullivan noted, "Verizon has set a new standard for integrated directory services. Stratecast - Frost & Sullivan believes that other directory publishers will need to emulate what Verizon (VZ) is doing in order to stay relevant in the market." To learn more about Verizon Visual 411, consumers can visit www.verizon.com/visual411; download Verizon Visual 411 from Google Play or the Apple Store; text "JOIN" to 463648 from their mobile phone; or launch the Visual 411 widget on FiOS TV.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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