Verizon International Callers Can Win Full Year of Free Long-Distance

NEW YORK - That next international call Verizon long-distance customers make may earn them more than a friendly reply: They could win a full year of free long-distance calls.

With Verizon's "12 for 12!" sweepstakes, every international call that lasts at least 12 minutes automatically will generate a sweepstakes entry for the caller. Winners will receive 12 months of free long-distance and international calling from Verizon Long Distance.

"This is wonderful way to reward a group of our most valued customers - those who make frequent international calls," said Jill Wagner, Verizon's vice president of consumer retail markets. "Giving customers the opportunity to win a full year of free long-distance or international calling is our way of saying thanks for choosing Verizon Long Distance as their international calling partner."

The "12 for 12!" sweepstakes promotion began Sept. 1 and ends Dec. 31. During this period 12 winners will be chosen each month. Each winner will receive up to $250 a month of free long-distance calls to use for 12 consecutive months. The amount will appear as an automatic credit to the long-distance portion of each winner's monthly bill for the 12-month prize period beginning in January. The annual long-distance credit per customer will be limited to $3,000.

Advertising to support the "12 for 12!" sweepstakes will include radio, direct mail, bill inserts and Web banners reaching an estimated nine million customers.

Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 135.1 million access line equivalents and 30.3 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and approximately 241,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.