August 16, 2010

Virgin Mobile Launches 2nd Annual “FreeFest Express”

Do-Gooders Whisked From Chicago, New York and Boston to “Free’d” Out Virgin Mobile FreeFest Presented by Kyocera

WARREN, N.J. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 16, 2010 - Tickets to the 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by Kyocera may have “Free’d Out” in a flash, but people who donate their time to youth homeless agencies – especially those living in Chicago, New York and Boston – can now partake in the fun and earn free tickets. Through its partnership with Megabus, Virgin Mobile will be offering volunteers free tickets and transportation to the show along with free hotel accommodations through its “FreeFest Express.”

Volunteers from New York, Boston and Chicago who sign up on www.virginmobilefreefest.com/freeip and contribute eight hours of time will receive two tickets to FreeFest, plus hotel accommodations and transportation.

Virgin Mobile FreeFest will feature M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Ludacris, Pavement, T.I. and a dozen more acts on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The full lineup can be found on www.virginmobilefreefest.com. The company is also making free tickets available to volunteers who give their time in the Washington/Baltimore area.

"FreeFest Express is sure to be the road trip of the summer," said Ron Faris, director of brand experiences, Virgin Mobile USA. "Last year 30,000 hours of volunteerism were generated through FreeFest. This year, we hope to beat that number, and we’re really grateful that megabus.com is once again joining us for the ride.”

"The help we received at Green Chimneys from last year’s volunteers was priceless," said Theresa Nolan, Green Chimneys New York division director. “These opportunities make all the difference in the world for homeless youth programs. In addition to feeling that they helped make a difference, the volunteers get something fun in return.”

This year Virgin Mobile USA will partner with Afro Punk, an organization established in 2002 with the mission of giving a voice to thousands of multicultural kids through self-expression, alternative sports, and inspired indie music. Afro Punk will be hosting a number of underground parties in the New York and Chicago areas designed to recruit diehard music fans to volunteer their time in exchange for a memorable road trip to Virgin Mobile FreeFest.

About the Virgin Mobile FreeFest

The 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be hosted for the second year on Saturday, Sept. 25, on the beautiful 40 wooded acres of Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Those scheduled to appear at this year’s FreeFest include M.I.A., Ludacris, LCD Soundsystem, Pavement, T.I., Joan Jett, Chromeo, Thievery Corporation, Matt & Kim, Jimmy Eat World, The Temper Trap, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Die Antwoord, Neon Indian and Modeselektor. More information is available at www.virginmobilefreefest.com.

About Virgin Mobile USA

Virgin Mobile, one of Sprint's prepaid brands, offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk™ plans for mobile phone service and prepaid Broadband2Go high-speed Web access. Virgin Mobile branded handsets are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack.

Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide and can be used for Assurance Wireless and Broadband2Go services. Purchase and experience Virgin Mobile on the Web and at Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and www.virginmobileusa.com

About megabus.com

Megabus.com is the first intercity, express bus line dedicated to bringing high-quality, low-cost travel options to 42 cities in North America for as low as $1 via the Internet. Service for megabus.com operates daily. Fares shown are one-way and include all government taxes. Since its launch on April 10, 2006, megabus.com has served more than 6 million travelers.

Northeast cities now served by megabus.com are Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Camden, Harrisburg, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Ridgewood, Rochester, State College, Syracuse and Washington, D.C.

Midwest cities now served by megabus.com are Ann Arbor, Bloomington-Normal, Chicago, Champaign, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis, Iowa City, Kansas City, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Toledo.

Canadian cities now served by megabus.com are Kingston, Kirkland, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Scarborough, Toronto and Whitby. Visit www.megabus.com for additional service routes to and from the listed cities.

Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, is based in Chicago. Coach USA, based in Paramus, N.J., owns and operates more than 20 local companies in North America, some of which have been in business for more than 70 years. The 20 companies operate scheduled bus routes, airport transportation, motor coach tours, charters and city sightseeing tours.


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