Verizon Combines Its Home and Verizon Wireless Services in Single Plan, Offering Convenience, Simplicity

TAMPA, Fla - For the first time ever, Florida consumers can have one service from Verizon that includes traditional phones, wireless phones and airtime-free calling between Verizon Wireless and home phones.   The new service, Verizon Complete Freedom, combines voice mail systems so there's only one place to check for messages -- and provides it all on one bill.

Coupled with any of Verizon's high-speed broadband Internet access and television entertainment options, Verizon offers Florida customers a true "home run" bundle of family telecommunications services.

"We're bringing together the two premier calling services from Verizon and Verizon Wireless to create a calling plan that will appeal to busy households that communicate a lot, customers who want the best value for their communications dollar, and those who clamor for simplicity," said Bob Ingalls, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Communications.

Calling between the Verizon home phone and the family's Verizon Wireless handsets will not be charged against wireless airtime allowances.  Customers will also get OnePoint Voice Mail with wireless notification. The wireless notification feature automatically sends a text message to the Verizon Wireless handsets when a voice mail is left either at the Verizon home or Verizon Wireless numbers; there is only one mailbox to check.  Billing for all services is integrated on Verizon's ONE-BILL®.

Verizon Complete Freedom debuts with monthly access pricing starting at $79.94 for both home and wireless services.  Customers can choose from three home wireline calling plans: Verizon Freedom Essentials, Verizon Freedom and Verizon Freedom Extra, each with unlimited domestic any-distance calling and various combinations of calling features. Customers in Florida must select either a Verizon Wireless America's Choice® single-line calling plan starting at $39.99 monthly access, or an America's Choice Family SharePlan® calling plan starting at $69.99 monthly access for the first two lines. For Family SharePlan calling plans, additional lines are $9.99 monthly access each, and up to three total lines are allowed.

"Verizon Complete Freedom gives families what they want most - convenience and the ability to stay connected while on the go," said Mike Lanman, president of Florida for Verizon Wireless. "Whether you are a family of two, or parents who share minutes with their busy teenagers, this service is tailor made for today's household.  Clearly, this is technology and simplicity at its best."

Customers can order Verizon Complete Freedom by calling 888-311-7644, by going online at www.verizon.com/verizoncompletefreedom, or by visiting the Verizon Wireless kiosk in New Tampa or Fowler. ONE-BILL® service requires that both the wired and wireless accounts be in the same name and that the wireless account balance be zero at the time of enrollment.  Credit cards can be used to clear any balances for instant qualification.  Online bill payments will only be available via the verizon.com Web site.

With Verizon Complete Freedom in its quiver, Verizon can now offer Floridians a bundle of wireline calling, wireless, Internet and entertainment video services for as little as $142.92 per month in Florida.  Bundles can include either Verizon Online DSL or Verizon FiOS Internet service, where available, and either DIRECTV all-digital entertainment service or FiOS TV, where available -- all at attractive, competitive prices.

Verizon's FiOS TV offers more than 30 high-definition channels and over 3,000 on-demand movie titles.  In areas where FiOS TV is not yet available, Verizon offers DIRECTV with access to more than 250 channels of all-digital TV programming, more than a dozen high-definition channels, local channels in 142  markets, as well as all the popular premium channels, pay-per-view offerings and its exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKETTM subscription package. 

For more information about Verizon Complete Freedom, visit www.verizon.com/verizoncompletefreedom.