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Will u b my VTine?: A Record 725 Million-Plus Mobile Messages Will Be Sent and Received This Valentine's Day in North America, VeriSign Projects

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Marketwire) - No matter what gift you plan to give your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, here's something you shouldn't forget: text messaging is hot.

According to calculations by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the leading provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world, a record 725 million mobile messages, including text messages, are expected to be sent and received across carriers and mobile application providers on Valentine's Day 2007 in North America alone. Should the milestone be reached, it will mark the first time 725 million messages have been sent in a single day in North America since mobile messaging first came to market.

Valentine's Day has traditionally been the busiest day of the year for mobile messages. Last year, the number of messages VeriSign handled on its network infrastructure jumped 40 percent from February 13 to February 14.

Mobile messaging activity has skyrocketed in the past 12 months. VeriSign now estimates that more than 525 million mobile messages are sent and received in North America on an average day. With 60 percent of the inter-carrier market and a leading presence in intra-carrier MMS messaging, VeriSign touches nearly 180 million of these messages each day. In 2006, VeriSign enabled 43 billion mobile messages across its network globally.

"Americans have clearly embraced texting and other forms of mobile messaging as the new method of choice for delivering a Valentine," said Jeff Treuhaft, VeriSign senior vice president, digital content services. "While a text message will never replace chocolate and roses, this remarkable spike in messaging volume on Valentine's Day -- and every day -- signals a shift in the behavior of consumers from the physical to the digital world. They are relying increasingly on their mobile device to communicate with the ones they love instantly."

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) operates intelligent infrastructure that enables and protects billions of interactions every day for the networked world. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.verisign.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

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