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'Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!' Verizon Joins With NORAD to Track Santa Claus' Christmas Eve Journey Around

 'Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!' Verizon Joins With NORAD
         to Track Santa Claus' Christmas Eve Journey Around the World

PR Newswire

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 12, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "'Twas the night
before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not
even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that
St. Nicholas soon would be there."  That's the tranquil scene described by
Clement Clarke Moore in his classic poem from 1822.  Now children – one and
all – can track Santa Claus, with the touch of a button or the click of a

Santa's journey on Christmas Eve will unfold, courtesy of the North American
Aerospace Defense Command, Verizon and the rest of the NORAD Tracks Santa

To enable children across the world to track Santa's progress on that night,
Verizon for the 10^th consecutive year will provide the toll-free hotline –
1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) – and contact-center call-handling technology.
 The hotline will be in operation from 4 a.m. on Dec. 24 until 3 a.m.
(Mountain Standard Time) on Dec. 25.  (Callers outside North America can reach
the hotline by dialing the local Colorado Springs number at 719-556-5211,
using the applicable country code.  International calling charges may apply.)

In addition to providing the toll-free hotline and call-handling capabilities,
and employee volunteers to answer the hotline calls, Verizon is providing
high-speed wireless data connectivity over its 4G LTE wireless network to help
Santa-tracking volunteers respond to emails, download apps and track Santa's

Starting at 12 a.m. MST on Dec. 24, children can visit the NORAD Tracks Santa
website to view real-time information, including radar maps and streaming
"SantaCam" video images on Santa's exact location as he visits cities, towns
and villages on his annual journey.  Information will be available in English,
French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese.

Also beginning Dec. 24, children can send an email to to obtain the latest information on Santa's
whereabouts.  For technology-savvy children, a free NORAD Tracks Santa mobile
app (iOS, Android, Windows) is available for download so they can count down
the days until Santa Claus and his reindeer begin their journey from the North
Pole.  Santa can also be tracked via Facebook, Twitter (@noradsanta) and

"Supporting the NORAD Tracks Santa program is an important way for Verizon and
its employees to give back to the communities around the globe that we serve,"
said Susan Zeleniak, senior vice president of public sector markets, Verizon
Enterprise Solutions. "Even though we now use the Internet and mobile apps to
track Santa, the purpose is still the same – keeping people connected and
informed every day, especially on Christmas Eve and throughout the holiday

2012 marks the 57^th year that NORAD, the binational U.S.-Canadian military
organization responsible for defending the aerospace of both countries, has
tracked Santa's Christmas Eve travels.  The NORAD Tracks Santa tradition began
in 1955 after a misprinted newspaper advertisement directed children to call
the Continental Air Defense Command (NORAD's predecessor organization) instead
of a retailer's special Santa hotline.

This year, Verizon employees will again join more than 1,200 volunteers --
including military personnel, their families and friends, and other corporate
contributors -- in staffing the hotline and the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations
Center.  In 2011, nearly 102,000 calls and 7,700 emails were answered.  The
NORAD Tracks Santa website had 18.9 million unique visitors from 220 countries
and territories during December 2011.

U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis, NORAD director of public affairs, said, "It's a
big job, and we can't do it alone, but the holidays have always been a time
for bringing people together.  With the help of our industry partners and
friends in Canada, the NORAD Tracks Santa tradition that started as a mistake
will live on again this year." 

Verizon is a leading provider of advanced IT and communications services to
governments around the world. Visit the Verizon Public Sector website for more

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

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