Verizon Customers in Texas Can Get Unlimited Direct-Dialed Local, Regional and Domestic Long-Distance Calling

IRVING, Texas -- Verizon customers in Texas now can 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 for one low monthly price.

The package covers all direct-dialed domestic calls as well as calls to Canada and U.S. 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 of eight numbers. The package costs $54.95.

"The main advantage of the Verizon Freedom calling package is its simplicity," said Jill Wagner, vice president of consumer marketing for Verizon. "Since we launched the package in several states in the first quarter of the year, the sales of 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, any time, 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 calling package is the answer. Verizon Long Distance has quickly become the third largest nationwide provider of long-distance service, and we're aiming for the top."

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."

Verizon broke new ground last year with full-service packages that include calling, wireless service and Internet access at significant discounts. In the areas of Texas where Verizon's DSL service is offered, the Verizon Freedom with DSL package is already available and can include the Verizon Freedom unlimited calling package as a basic plan, to which Internet access is added. Customers may also further simplify their billing by utilizing Verizon's One Bill service, which combines residential and wireless phone charges on one bill.

Verizon also is launching the Verizon Freedom unlimited calling package today in California.

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 package may be combined with certain Verizon international calling plans.

The new package will simplify customer bills. A single line item 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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