New Survey From EMBARQ Shows Which Celebrities Top America's Calling Wish List

 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- There are more than 44,600 minutes in the month of December. That's thousands of minutes for gift giving, caroling, eating, celebrating and now talking on your wireless phone.

This December EMBARQ is giving its current and new wireless customers the gift of unlimited minutes to help them connect with friends and family all month long; that's more than 44,600 minutes at no extra charge.

With unlimited wireless minutes available in December, EMBARQ conducted a survey to research what famous figures would be on the nation's calling wish list if America's little black book just happened to fall from the sky one December day.

The survey asked 1,000 Americans what well-known people they would like to dial up to share their holiday cheer with if they had unlimited wireless minutes this December. From politicians and public figures to TV characters and news anchors, Americans weighed in on who would be on their unlimited speed dial this December.

    --  When offered a direct line to a number of famous Americans, including
        the President of the United States, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and
        decorating professional Martha Stewart, it was reigning talk show
        queen Oprah Winfrey whose phone would be ringing off the hook with
        well wishes from fans for a happy New Year.  Oprah received 15 percent
        of the vote.  President George W. Bush followed in close second with
        11 percent.

    --  Which presidential candidate did Americans hope would make a campaign
        stop at their holiday dinner? Hilary Rodham Clinton beat Barak Obama,
        Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain and John Edwards with a
        quarter (25%) of survey respondents saying they would like to call and
        invite the democrat to their holiday table.

    --  This holiday season Americans are eager to receive a gift of
        light-hearted humor. Just over one in 10 (11%) respondents said that
        for an overview of this year's major news stories and a peak into
        2008, they want Ellen DeGeneres at the other end of the phone. The
        funny lady got more votes than Katie Couric (8%), Anderson Cooper (7%)
        and the famous man in suspenders, Larry King (6%).

    --  While the classic holiday carol may call for 12 days, this season, the
        hottest number is 24. More than one in 10 (11%) respondents agreed
        that Jack Bauer of "24" gets top billing for the TV character
        Americans would call to wish a happy holiday. Bauer beat Susan Mayer
        of "Desperate Housewives," Larry David of "Curb your Enthusiasm,"
        Stewie Griffin of "Family Guy," Claire Bennett of "Heroes," Michael
        Scott of "The Office," and Nancy Botwin of "Weeds" for the top spot.

    --  Overall, America may care about 24 hours of action, but there are some
        more interested in bedside attraction. The ladies are 'McDreaming' of
        a certain Seattle Grace neurosurgeon this holiday season with almost
        20 percent of female respondents saying they would call Dr. Derek
        Shepherd of "Grey's Anatomy" to wish him a happy holiday over other TV
        character favorites.

    --  They may not be psychic mediums, but Americans do know which person
        from the past they would call if their wireless service extended to
        the deceased. While Elvis, Martin Luther King Jr. and Marilyn Monroe
        were among the favorites, it was Princess Diana who won 17 percent of
        the overall vote, but survey respondents aged 60 and over would rather
        be calling Camelot. A quarter (25%) of these Americans gave their vote
        to President John F. Kennedy.

After EMBARQ customers have had a nice chat with JFK, Oprah, Hilary Clinton and Dr. McDreamy, they should visit EMBARQ's microsite,, an interactive site launching Nov. 20, 2007. Site visitors will be guided through a series of easy steps to develop, preview and send voice messages to help spread holiday cheer. The free and festive services allow customers to send humorous holiday greetings; schedule deliveries of personal holiday calls; and record holiday carols, karaoke-style, and have them delivered to up to three friends or family members at a time.

EMBARQ wants its customers to stay connected this holiday season. While it may not be able to give them a phone book with numbers of their favorite celebrities, it can give them more than 44,600 minutes during the month of December to spread cheer to friends and family.

The EMBARQ Survey was conducted by Kelton Research between October 26th and October 29th, 2007, using an e-mail invitation and an online survey. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population ages 18 and over.


Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of common sense communications services. The company has approximately 19,000 employees and operates in 18 states. EMBARQ is included in the S&P 500. For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) - all on one monthly bill. For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business Class DSL, wireless, enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services. In 2007, EMBARQ ranked highest in customer satisfaction among large enterprise businesses, according to J.D. Power and Associates Study. EMBARQ believes that by focusing on the communities the company serves and by employing common sense and practical ingenuity, it is able to provide customers with a committed partner, dedicated customer service and innovative products for work and home. For more information, visit

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