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Verizon Wireless, Ticketmaster Team Up

Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch Inc. signed a deal with Verizon Wireless to offer the latter's mobile Web customers access to local information, transactions and ticketmaster.com tickets via their wireless handset.

Included in the offerings to customers will be Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch's Local Intelligence service, a combination of local information and editorial recommendations with related transaction capability. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

Verizon Wireless launched its nationwide Mobile Web service today, running on its coast-to-coast CDMA network.

In addition to searching, selecting and purchasing tickets for a variety of ticketmaster.com and citysearch.com arts, family, music and sporting events, the Local Intelligence function will soon offer Verizon Wireless Mobile Web customers other transaction functionality, including restaurant reservations.

"Through ticketmaster.com and our network of citysearch.com guides, we help people seek out preferred local activities and events and then provide them the opportunity to act on these choices," said Paul LaFontaine, vice president of corporate development at Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch.

Verizon Wireless claims to be the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. It was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp., Vodafone AirTouch Plc and GTE Corp.