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Verizon debuts holiday music playlists, jukeboxes

Verizon Wireless is encouraging customers to get into the spirit of the season with a selection of holiday music available for their wireless phones.

This season, Verizon Wireless has created Holiday Playlists and Holiday Jukeboxes to help customers find ringtones and ringback tones to spread holiday cheer.

Holiday Playlists, which are available in the Featured category in VZW Tones on Verizon Wireless phones and online at Verizon Wireless' Media Store, offer a variety of holiday-themed ringtones.

Choices range from "Disney Holiday" favorites and "Traditional Holiday" classics to "Country Holiday" hits.

These ringtones and ringback tones let customers personalize their phones for the holiday season.

Verizon Wireless is featuring different Holiday Playlists over the next few weeks, offering a variety of ringtone and ringback tone purchase options, including:

â?¢ Holiday Hits
â?¢ Traditional Holiday
â?¢ Latin Holiday
â?¢ Country Holiday
â?¢ R&B Holiday
â?¢ Romantic Holiday
â?¢ Stocking Stuffers
â?¢ Metal Holiday
â?¢ Kids Holiday
â?¢ Disney Holiday
â?¢ Animal Holiday
â?¢ Best of 2008
â?¢ New Year's Party Hits
â?¢ Latin Fiesta
â?¢ Club Hits '08
â?¢ New Year's Resolutions
â?¢ Motown Holiday
â?¢ Winter Wonderland
â?¢ South Park Christmas
â?¢ Nickelodeon Holiday
â?¢ New Age Christmas
â?¢ Stocking Stuffers -- Latin

For the first time, Verizon Wireless customers can also select from pre-programmed ringback tone holiday-themed Jukeboxes that contain three, five or seven ringback tones of holiday titles.

The Holiday Jukeboxes are available in the VZW Tones section on Verizon Wireless phones and online in the Verizon Wireless Media Store at a discounted price compared to purchasing them individually.

These holiday ringback tones can be saved immediately as a default Jukebox and will play a different ringback in the Jukebox each time someone calls.

Beginning in 2004, Verizon Wireless claims that it was the first national wireless carrier to offer ringback tones.

Since then, the company has introduced multiple artist relationships, music services and devices, and its flagship subscription-based music service V Cast.

V Cast Music with Rhapsody lets customers buy and download the vast majority of their full-track music to their PCs without digital rights management restrictions.

Verizon Wireless' voice and data network serves 70.8 million customers, making it the No. 2 carrier nationwide. It is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone.