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Use Cell Phone Payment and Get Two Hours Free Every Time You Park Downtown in August!

Redwood City, CA - August 2, 2007 - Motorists will get two hours of free parking every time they pay by cell phone at one of Downtown Redwood City’s new high-tech “pay by space” meters during the month of August. The City wants motorists to give this payment system a try, and is confident that once the cell phone payment is experienced, drivers will agree that it’s the best, easiest, and most convenient way to pay!

 When drivers go to pay for their parking by phone using the mobile payment system (provided by Verrus Mobile Technologies, Inc.), their parking fee will be discounted two free hours at the time of billing. Step one is to register for a free account during your first call into the system – or, go online to and sign up online before you leave home. Either way, registering is a one-time process. Your account number will be your cell phone number, and your parking fees will be automatically billed to whichever credit card you designate.

 Then to pay by cell phone just follow three easy steps:

  • Call the Verrus number listed on the pay-by-space parking meter signs
  • Enter the parking space number where your car is parked.
  • Enter the total time desired

 No more fumbling for change or credit cards – just use your cell phone. This method also helps avoid any line-ups at busy meters. And, you’ll receive automatic text message reminders when time is almost up, so you can add more time from wherever you are – restaurant, theater, Courthouse Square concert, live music at the Fox, shopping on Main Street, or just strolling downtown! With your account, you can also view and print transaction records online, which is great for tracking business expenses or tax write-offs.

Get on the cell phone payment system downtown and get two free hours every time you park during August!

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Dan Zack
Downtown Development Coordinator

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