06.17.2008

Verizon Home Broadband and Wireless Combination Now Easy for Consumers

NEW YORK - To meet the growing trend of consumers who want to use a wireless phone for their home voice service but still want broadband Internet service via their landline, Verizon is now offering its new Flex Double Play bundle.  It enables customers to subscribe to Verizon Wireless service, add Verizon broadband - and get it all on one bill. FiOS TV service, where available, can also be added to create a triple-play bundle.


The double- and triple-play bundles are available in any Verizon market that offers Verizon Wireless, FiOS TV and either FiOS Internet, or High Speed Internet service.  As Verizon introduces FiOS services in other markets or further expands the reach of its High Speed Internet service, customers in these locations will also be able to order the wireless and broadband bundle.


"This comprehensive bundle provides us greater flexibility to meet the evolving communication preferences of customers," said Virginia Ruesterholz, Verizon Telecom president.  "Consumers who have chosen to use a wireless phone as their sole voice connection, or who are thinking about that, can now marry the industry's best networks for wireless, broadband Internet and television in one high-value Verizon bundle."


The Flex Double Play bundle consists of any national Verizon Wireless calling plan of 450 minutes or greater and a FiOS Internet plan - including the 15 Mbps (megabits per second) and 20 Mbps symmetrical speed offers, or Verizon High Speed Internet service at 3 Mbps. 


Customers can save money with the package plans.  For example, a 450-minute Verizon Wireless Nationwide calling plan can be combined with a FiOS mid-tier Internet plan for a Flex double play starting at $84.99 monthly, or nearly $13 per month less than unbundled prices.  Where available, FiOS TV can also be added to this bundle with rates beginning at $124.99 a month for a monthly savings of nearly $15.


Where Verizon High Speed Internet service is available, the Verizon Flex Double Play, featuring speeds of up to 3 Mbps downstream, starts at $69.99 monthly, nearly $14 per month less than full retail price, depending on the market.  Verizon's One Bill system must be used with all Flex bundles, and a one- or two-year contract is required. (Note: Click here for examples of combinations and prices.)


Consumers interested in learning more about the new bundles or who want to place an order can visit www.verizon.com/yourbundle.  In addition, consumers can visit any Verizon Plus or Verizon Wireless retail store in Verizon's landline service area.


Comprehensive Bundle Meets the Changing Communication Preference of Consumers


A recent Harris Interactive poll revealed that 89 percent of U.S. adults have a cell phone, and, of that number, 14 percent report using only their cell phones for voice service.  A Compete Inc. survey released in April that focused on consumer attitudes toward a quadruple-play bundle - landline voice, wireless, Internet and TV - found that high-speed Internet is the driving force behind a consumer's desire for bundled services.


"Younger families and young professionals are among the market segments that will find this offer very appealing," said Ruesterholz.  "We'll be offering consumers the most reliable wireless network in America, coupled with super-fast Internet speeds and startlingly clear digital TV, and we believe consumer interest will be very strong."


The addition of the Flex Double Play Bundle makes Verizon one of the most versatile voice and broadband service companies in the market today.  The company's bundle portfolio includes a wide variety of options, offering unlimited local and long-distance calling, wireless plans, more than 500 channels of fiber-driven digital and high-definition TV and music channels, Internet speeds ranging from up to 3 Mbps to up to 20 Mbps, and satellite TV as well, depending on individual market availability.


Verizon also offers stand-alone FiOS Internet speeds up to 50 Mbps in parts of six states.


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, 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 more than 67 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employed a diverse workforce of approximately 232,000 as of the end of the first quarter 2008 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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