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Verizon's FiOS TV Visual 411 Widget now allows viewers to send business listings directly to text message-enabled Verizon Wireless mobile devices. In addition, sending business listings to customers who subscribe to VZ Navigator results in immediate access to turn-by-turn directions to the business from wherever the customers are.
"Verizon continues to enhance our FiOS TV widget platform, offering consumers a truly interactive entertainment experience with quick access to advanced applications like our Visual 411 Widget," said Pedro Correa, president of Verizon LiveSource directory assistance services. "Sending business addresses, phone numbers and now directions to a mobile device can be a real timesaver."
With the FiOS TV remote control, users can quickly access the Visual 411 Widget and navigate through the user-friendly menu to perform a business-category search. An onscreen virtual keyboard is available for those who prefer to type in a business name or keyword. Users can look up businesses anywhere in the country, change locations and pull up recent searches.
After a search is performed and a listing selected, users can to send that listing information (name, address and phone number) to a phone as an SMS text or to the VZ Navigator application. In both cases, the viewer receives a confirmation that the information has been sent to a specific mobile phone number. The application also displays a location map with zoom-in and zoom-out capabilities. This feature assists users in identifying cross streets and other landmarks.
FiOS TV viewers can use the Visual 411 Widget capabilities to compile places they'll need to go to and have them ready to access whenever needed as either a text message or VZ Navigator turn-by-turn locations. The widget is easy to use, and viewers continue to enjoy the show they are watching when using the application.
The flexible choices, large TV screen and high-quality visuals make the experience entertaining and engaging. To access the widget, users can go to the FiOS TV widgets home screen, scroll down to the News and Info section and select "Visual 411."
FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 520 all-digital channels, including more than 140 HD channels, and more than 18,000 monthly video-on-demand (VOD) titles. FiOS provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social TV, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management; multi-room DVR, and more.
Verizon FiOS is a bundled home communications (Internet, telephone, and television) service, operating over a fiber-optic communications network, that is offered in some areas of the United States by Verizon Communications. Verizon has attracted consumer and media attention in the area of broadband Internet access as the first major U.S. carrier to offer fiber to the home/premises.