Monday, March 20, 2006
Fandango Partnering with Cingular on Mobile Movie Ticketing Service
The Nation’s Largest Wireless Carrier Rolling Out New Mobile Entertainment Application from The Nation’s Largest Movie Ticketing Service
(Los Angeles – March 20, 2006) – Fandango, the nation’s largest online, phone and mobile movie ticketing service (representing nearly 70% of all U.S. theaters for remote ticketing), is partnering with Cingular, the nation’s largest carrier (serving 54.1 million U.S. customers), on a state-of-the art mobile movie information service featured on the entertainment deck of Web-enabled Cingular phones. Cingular customers can also dial “* V” to access Fandango movie show times and ticketing, using voice commands as part of Cingular’s VoiceInfo service.
Fandango’s best-of-breed mobile entertainment application, also available at mobile.fandango.com, was developed in association with wireless application developer Crisp Wireless. At launch, the service enables mobile users to obtain:
• movie tickets within seconds;
• comprehensive movie information including film reviews;
• show times, theater information and maps;
• mobile alerts when tickets for upcoming movies go on sale.
Moviegoers are also able to send a ZIP code in a text message to “FNDGO” (36346) and receive show times and ticket availability for nearby theaters. Future offerings may include movie-related wallpaper, ring tones and games and the possibility of bar-coded tickets on your mobile device.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Cingular on our easy-to-use service,” says Art Levitt, President and CEO of Fandango. “Moviegoers are often attached at the hip to their mobile devices, and so the Cingular Wireless deal is a significant one for Fandango. With its convenient placement on the Cingular Entertainment deck and VoiceInfo menu, we believe this application will be very popular with all Cingular Wireless customers, whenever and wherever they go.”
Fandango, the nation’s largest movie ticketing service, sells tickets to more than 13,600 screens and 1,150 theaters (nearly 70 percent of theaters in the U.S. enabled for remote ticketing) and to four out of the five largest U.S. theater circuits (according to National Association of Theater Owners, June 2005). One of the Web’s top movie destinations (according to Nielsen//NetRatings), Fandango allows moviegoers to read reviews, view trailers, quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and buy tickets up to 45 days in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at mobile.fandango.com.
Fandango theater partners include the nation’s leading exhibitors: Carmike Cinemas, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Edwards Theatres, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Regal Cinemas and United Artists Theatres, as well as American Cinematheque, Brenden Theatres, CineArts Theatres, Cineplex Odeon Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Colorado Cinemas, Crown Theatres, Flagship Theatres, Kerasotes Theatres, Magic Johnson, Majestic Crest Theatre, R/C Theatres, Signature Theatres, Star Theatres, Wallace Theaters and Wehrenberg Theatres.