WILMINGTON, Del. -- Consumers and businesses in the Diamond State now can choose Verizon as their long-distance company. Verizon Long Distance today began offering innovative, straightforward long-distance calling plans that bring the true benefits of telecommunications competition -- choice and value -- to Delaware.
"Starting today we are bringing new choices and savings to Delawareans," said Joshua Martin III, president of Verizon Delaware. "Diamond State consumers and businesses will benefit from increased competition in both long-distance and local phone services."
Delaware is the ninth state in the former Bell Atlantic service area to be declared a fully competitive telecommunications market. That happened Sept. 25 when the Federal Communications Commission approved Verizon's application to provide long-distance service in the state. The long-distance market in Delaware is valued at $201 million.
Verizon Long Distance already serves more than nine million customers in 45 states, and its service is available to more than 80 percent of the company's local phone lines nationwide. The company recently won federal approval to offer long-distance service in New Hampshire and hopes to receive federal approval for three remaining states -- Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia -- and Washington, D.C. early next year.
"Customers have told us they want calling plans that meet their needs at home and at work, and Verizon's long-distance plans do just that," said Ed Miller, executive director -marketing support for Verizon Retail Markets. "We're offering Delaware consumers and businesses calling plans that they can understand and customize to satisfy their particular communications needs.
"Customers can get all of Verizon's services -- local, regional toll, long-distance and Internet access -- on a single bill," said Miller. "We make it easy, with one provider, one bill and one call for customer service."
Verizon's residential long-distance service earned top marks in "overall satisfaction" on the Yankee Group's annual Technologically Advanced Family Survey, ahead of "Big Three" competitors AT&T, MCI/WorldCom and Sprint.
Verizon offers an assortment of long-distance plans for domestic and international calling, as well as toll-free plans and calling cards for both consumers and businesses.
Some plans enable customers to purchase long-distance service in advance or to package long-distance with other Verizon products and services. For instance, Verizon Delaware customers who subscribe to the "Local Package" can add long-distance service at 8 cents a minute for both state-to-state and instate calls. The Local Package is $29.95 per month and includes unlimited local calling, unlimited local directory assistance and four or more optional services such as Call Waiting and Caller ID.
"Verizon's packages offer a great value," said Miller.
Verizon also offers long-distance voice and data services designed to meet the requirements of business, government agencies and education customers in Delaware -- from the lowest to highest-volume long-distance callers.
There are several plans that offer small and medium-sized businesses the simplicity of bundled packages of local and long-distance services, one bill and one place to call for all their communications needs.
Verizon also offers long-distance voice and data services designed to meet the requirements of Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies. Verizon provides a comprehensive suite of data transport products, including private line, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and frame relay service.
For these customers, the company has two competitively priced domestic long-distance voice calling plans, as well as inbound and outbound international service, domestic and international toll-free services and calling cards.
"Verizon offers the full choice of telecommunications services and the dependability that today's enterprise customers' require," said Edward F. McGuinness, senior vice president --marketing for Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group. "Many of our customers have been waiting for the day when they can consolidate their voice, data, local and long-distance services with one supplier. That day has arrived."
Verizon Select Services, Inc. provides long-distance voice and data services for Fortune 1000 and government customers.
Residential customers and small and medium-sized businesses can sign up for Verizon long-distance service on the company's Web site at www.verizonld.com or by calling their local Verizon business office on 800-942-5000. Enterprise customers should contact their account manager or visit www.verizon.com/enterprisesolutions.
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