Wed, 09/10/2008

2008 Press Releases

Verizon Wireless and RealNetworks Launch New Mobile Games: "Sally's Salon" and "Text Twist Turbo"

SAN FRANCISCO, BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SEATTLE — September 11, 2008 — From CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008 in San Francisco, Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, and the Mobile Games Division of digital entertainment services company RealNetworks®, Inc. today announced the launch of "Sally's Salon" and "Text Twist Turbo" for Verizon Wireless customers.

Based on Real's top-selling PC game in 2007, "Sally's Salon" is a Games Café, Inc. original.  Players must help Sally make the cut from the shopping mall to the glittering lights of Hollywood.  By beautifying everyone — from little old ladies to punk rockers — in unique salon locations, players can wash, dye, cut and style their way through more than 50 levels of fashionable fun.

"Text Twist," a PC favorite originally designed by Real's GameHouse® Studios, returns to mobile with new brain-teasing challenges in "Text Twist Turbo."  A Daily Play feature offers brand new puzzles to solve every day.  As a special bonus, Verizon Wireless customers who purchase the mobile game will receive a complimentary copy of the original smash-hit PC game from

The original PC versions of these games are available at and

"By working with Verizon Wireless, we are able to reach wireless subscribers across the country with some of the best mobile games we can offer," said Matt Turetzky, vice president of content and off-PC platforms for Real's Games Division. "With ‘Sally's Salon' and ‘Text Twist Turbo,' we've brought notably successful and well-known PC games to mobile, giving gamers another way to play their favorite games wherever and whenever they choose."

Beginning today, Verizon Wireless customers can purchase and download "Sally's Salon" from the Strategy Games category and "Text Twist Turbo" in the Puzzle Games category in the Games shopping aisle in the Get It Now® or Media Center virtual store. Both games are available for $3.49 monthly subscription or $6.99 unlimited use purchase on a number of popular phones from Verizon Wireless, including the Voyager™ by LG, LG Dare™ and LG Decoy™.  Application purchase prices and subscription fees may vary; unless customers have unlimited data features, airtime or megabyte charges may also apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications.

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

For More Information:
Jeffrey Nelson
Verizon Wireless
917.968.9175 (mobile)

Debra Lewis
Verizon Wireless
917.848.0035 (mobile)

Tiffany Dunning


Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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


RealNetworks, Inc. delivers digital entertainment services to consumers via PC, portable music player, home entertainment system and mobile phone. Real created the streaming media category in 1995 and has continued to lead the market with pioneering products and services, including: RealPlayer®, the first mainstream media player to enable one-click downloading and recording of Internet video; the award-winning Rhapsody® digital music service, which delivers more than 1 billion songs per year; RealArcade®, one of the largest casual games destinations on the Web; and a variety of mobile entertainment services, such as ringback tones, offered to consumers through leading wireless carriers around the world. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at

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