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PORTLAND, Maine - Verizon customers in Maine can now take advantage of one of the best deals in home calling services -- the Verizon Freedom unlimited all-distance calling package. The new package, launched throughout the state today, includes unlimited direct-dialed local, regional and long-distance calling plus the most popular call-management features -- all for one low, monthly price.
The Verizon Freedom calling package covers all direct-dialed domestic calls as well as direct-dialed calls to Canada and certain United States territories. Also included at no extra charge are five of Verizon's most popular call-management features: Home Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling and Speed Dialing. The package costs $54.95 per month. Additional taxes and charges apply.
"The telecommunications industry is rapidly changing, opening many new opportunities for consumers," said Ed Dinan, Verizon state president, Maine. "We are committed to providing our customers with flexibility and the best overall value in price, service and reliability to support their communications needs -- a combination our competitors can't match."
Judy Verses, Verizon senior vice president, national marketing, said, "The main advantage of the Verizon Freedom calling package is its simplicity. Since we launched the package in several states in the first quarter of the year, sales of Verizon Freedom have eclipsed our initial projections by a wide margin. With this package, customers can just make the call -- or as many calls as they want -- anytime, and talk for as long as they like.
"When Verizon launched long-distance, we promised to give customers the services they want, packaged the way they want them, and to keep things simple," she said. "Our customers want flat-rated, comprehensive packages, and the Verizon Freedom unlimited-calling package is the answer."
In addition to unlimited direct-dialed all-distance calling, customers can add unlimited DSL for an additional $29.95 a month - a savings of $60 a year off the regular price of $34.95 a month. Customers can also bundle their Verizon Wireless bill with their residential bill. This option adds the convenience of writing only one check or making a single electronic payment.
The Verizon Freedom package is now available throughout New England. In addition to Maine, the package was simultaneously launched today in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont. Verizon launched the package in Massachusetts in January.
Jeff Kagan, telecommunications industry analyst, said, "Customers love bundled services, but hate watching the clock. The future is not just about the simplicity of bundles, but also about buckets of minutes and unlimited minutes for a flat fee. Verizon is tapping into one of the most important trends in the industry today. It is a very competitive offering and will keep Verizon on the cutting edge."
The unlimited long-distance calling allowance, provided by Verizon Long Distance, includes direct-dialed calls to anywhere in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific. The Verizon Freedom unlimited package can be combined with certain Verizon international calling plans for additional savings.
The new package will simplify customer bills. Customers can sign up for Verizon Freedom by visiting www.verizon.com/unlimited. A single line item that's the same every month will cover all relevant package charges, and call detail will not be provided, except as an option where required by state regulations.
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