Think your band's got what it takes to impress a
guy with 50 million friends? Well if you've the musical chops to win over Tom Anderson and his MySpace army (and the
suits at Verizon- they have the final say on the winner), you could be the lucky beneficiary of more Verizon publicity
than the "Can you hear me now?" dude. The big V is teaming up with the 'Space to hold the "Calling All
Bands" contest, where some unsigned band will have a song produced and distributed through the V CAST
download service. And since this is
a mobile carrier
we're talking about, the song will be made available as a ring tone, and even an annoying ringback tone, to Verizon
subscribers. As if all that exposure weren't enough, Verizon is also ponying up to make a music video featuring the
winning band, which--you guessed it--will be downloadable from V CAST as well.
*Verizon is currently in the process of acquiring AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.