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EA Signs Deals with Verizon and Sprint

Electronic Arts has announced deals with Verizon Wireless and Sprint that will bring EAs blockbuster games to Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers and Sprint PCS Vision handsets.

In coming weeks, the initial launch lineup with Verizon is expected to include MADDEN NFL 06, NBA LIVE 06, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 06, FIFA 06, NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED. THE SIMS 2 and popular games from Pogo.com including TRI PEAKS SOLITAIRE, TURBO 21 and POPPIT. Verizon Wireless customers with V CAST-enabled phones can download 3D games and can take advantage of NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND 2, which will launch in 3D exclusively on V CAST from Verizon Wireless.

John Stratton, vp/cmo for Verizon Wireless said, Our relationship with one of the worlds most innovative game developers and publishers will bring many of EAs most popular titles to our vast customer base, giving our Get It Now gamers access to the most advanced wireless games on the market. Armed with V CAST-enabled wireless phones, customers from coast to coast can easily enjoy the titles advanced 3D graphics and sounds delivered over our wireless broadband network.

John Batter, vp/gm of EA Mobile stated, Like Verizon Wireless, we are 100% committed to delivering the most compelling on-the-go entertainment experiences to mobile phone users. Verizon Wireless network provides us with the platform, audience and technology needed to showcase our games advanced graphics and unforgettable gameplay. With our extensive line-up of 3D games, EA is using state-of-the-art technology to deliver the most powerful line-up of hit games available.

Verizon Wireless Get It Now service offers customers a virtual store right on their phones with games, ring tones, productivity applications and more. The getGAMES shopping aisle contains a wide variety of action, sports, puzzle, strategy and other games to keep players entertained. Located within the getGAMES shopping aisle, V CAST Games offer Verizon Wireless customers the latest in wireless applications with 3D games featuring enhanced sound, graphics and depth. Downloading 3D games in the V CAST coverage area is fast, and once downloaded onto a customers phone, games may be played anywhere.

V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the nations first wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers that brings high-quality video, 3D games and music straight to new phones. V CAST customers have access to more content from top content partners than customers of any other carrier.

Likewise, Sprint will offer mobile versions of many of EAs hit games, including TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 06 and Pogo.com games POPPIT!, TRI-PEAKS SOLITAIRE and TURBO 21.

Were pleased to work with EA because, as the leader in interactive entertainment, they have a proven history of delivering the worlds most popular, high-quality video games, said Jason Ford, gm Games, Sprint. This relationship will enable Sprint to give its customers an even better entertainment experience by offering a wide selection of fun, familiar titles on their wireless phones.

Batter added, The EA mobile entertainment experience is focused on three things: dazzling mobile graphics; non-stop, on-the-go fun; and rich player communities. Thanks to the sophisticated handset designs, the advanced technology and the popular Game Lobby from Sprint, we can deliver on all three of our goals.

EA games will be available in the Game Lobby by Sprint, a virtual mobile community for gamers to meet, recommend games and challenge each other. It is accessed from both the fixed Internet and the mobile Web by more than 500,000 members.

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EA, EA SPORTS BIG and POGO. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nations most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone. Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone; and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in the U.S. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/mr.

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