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

DALLAS - For the first time ever, Texas 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 Texans 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.


[Hear Bob Ingalls discuss Verizon's edge over competitors at http://newscenter2.verizon.com/assets/audio/Ingalls-Competition.mp3 ]


Calling between the Verizon home phone and the family's Verizon Wireless handsets will not be charged against airtime allowances. In addition, customers will get OnePoint Voice Mail with wireless notification.  The wireless notification feature automatically sends a text message to Verizon Wireless handsets when a voice message 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 $99.94 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.  To qualify for Verizon Complete Freedom in Texas, customers must select from either an America's Choice® calling plan from Verizon Wireless starting at $59.99 for monthly access, or an $89.99 FamilyShare® plan.  Families may add up to three additional lines to any Verizon Wireless Family Share plan for $9.99 a month each.


"Verizon Complete Freedom gives families what they want most – convenience and the ability to stay connected while on the go," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless.  "Combining this new service with our existing family share calling plans from Verizon Wireless provides a complete and affordable package for families to talk as much they want."


Customers can order Verizon Complete Freedom by calling 888-311-7622, by going online at www.verizon.com/verizoncompletefreedomor by visiting kiosks located in Verizon Wireless stores at Vista Ridge or East Plano.  ONE-BILL® 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 pay off 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 Texans a bundle of wireline calling, wireless, Internet and entertainment video services for as little as $160.92 per month in Texas.  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 TICKET™ subscription package. 


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



Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide.  Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks.  Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.