Verizon Teams With NORAD to Track Santa

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 15, 2011  /PRNewswire/ – As children of all ages eagerly await a visit by Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, Verizon will team with the North American Aerospace Defense Command to provide toll-free calling so children can determine Santa’s whereabouts as he travels across the globe.

Verizon will provide the toll-free hotline — 1-877-HI-NORAD – as well as call-handling capabilities, from 4 a.m. Mountain Time on Dec. 24 to 3 a.m. Mountain 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 appropriate country code. International charges may apply.)

In addition, Verizon will provide high-speed wireless data connectivity over its 4G LTE wireless network to Santa-tracking volunteers at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base. This will allow the volunteers to download apps, access the Internet to help track Santa’s progress and instantly respond to emails.

The company has provided the toll-free hotline since 2002. In 2010, more than 80,000 calls were answered at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center.  This year, Verizon employees will join more than 1,200 volunteers representing military personnel from Colorado Springs, their families and friends, and NORAD Tracks Santa corporate contributors to staff the NORAD Santa tracking hotline.

Starting at 12 a.m. Mountain Time on Dec. 24, children of all ages also can visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website (www.noradsanta.org), which will provide real-time information on Santa’s exact location.  The information will be available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese, and will include radar maps and streaming “SantaCam” video images from cities along Santa’s journey.

In addition, for the first time, parents and children can download free smart phone apps in the Apple iTunes Store and in the Android market to count down the days until Santa and his reindeer take off from the North Pole.

Santa also can be tracked through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google + by typing “@noradsanta.”

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