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When it comes to planning a vacation, there are multiple options for selecting flights, hotels, etc.  Today Verizon announced that they were making the travel process even easier for BlackBerry owners on its network with the addition of KAYAK for BlackBerry: Flight and Hotel Search in the carrier's V CAST Apps store.  The app, which allows users to find the perfect flight, hotel, and rental car services, is also available on Android smartphones and can be installed simply by searching for "KAYAK" in the Android Market.  The full press release from Verizon can be read below.

KAYAK is already a popular app with smartphone users, having been installed on over 2.5 million handsets, and I'm sure that its inclusion in Verizon's V CAST Apps will help that popularity grow even further.  We've heard that Verizon is planning on making V CAST Apps available to Android devices in the near future, and I'm sure that KAYAK will be included when that happens.  Sure, the app is available in the Android Market, but the Market doesn't offer carrier billing, which is something that should help V CAST Apps become a hit with Android owners.

Mobile Travel Agent: KAYAK For BlackBerry: Flight And Hotel Search Has Arrived In V CAST Apps For Verizon Wireless Travelers
Free Travel App Has Search Capabilities of KAYAK.com Along with Itinerary Management and Flight Tracking

09/16/2010

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless said today that KAYAK’s popular mobile travel application, KAYAK for BlackBerry: Flight and Hotel Search, is now running on the most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network in the United States, available to Verizon Wireless customers with Android and BlackBerry® smartphones.

The free app provides customers the same service found at KAYAK.com, including the ability to find and book flights, hotels and rental cars by comparing hundreds of travel sites with just one search, helping users save money by finding travel deals. KAYAK for BlackBerry: Flight and Hotel Search also allows customers to track flights, manage trip itineraries and calculate baggage fees.

“We’re extremely pleased to work with Verizon Wireless to bring KAYAK for BlackBerry: Flight and Hotel Search to customers, giving them an easy-to-use interface to make travel arrangements,” said KAYAK Chief Architect, Bill O’Donnell. “The mobile version has already been installed on more than 2.5 million unique devices, and we look forward to expanding even more with Verizon Wireless customers.”

V CAST Apps, available on select BlackBerry smartphones, gives customers an ever-expanding selection of games, productivity tools, entertainment and news apps. Apps within V CAST Apps are billed directly to a customer’s Verizon Wireless account – providing customers a one-click process to purchase a wide array of apps with the ease and convenience of direct billing.

To get KAYAK for BlackBerry: Flight and Hotel Search, customers with select BlackBerry smartphones can download the app in V CAST Apps under the Travel & Navigation category. KAYAK Flight and Hotel Search is also available in Android Market™, and customers with Android smartphones can find the app by searching for “KAYAK.”

For more information about the mobile version of KAYAK, please visit www.kayak.com/mobile, and to get more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. 

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia. 

About KAYAK
The world’s leading travel search engine, KAYAK provides free web and mobile services to help people find and manage their travel. Our search tools compare information from hundreds of travel sites at once, including supplier websites and online agencies. We have local websites in eleven countries, and we offer free mobile apps for Android, BlackBerry and other mobile platforms. Visit kayak.com and kayak.com/mobile to learn more.

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