Verizon Lowers Prices on Many International Calling Destinations

NEW YORK - Verizon Long Distance customers who make international calls can take advantage of significant cost savings by switching to the International Choice Plan with City Rates. The plan, available now, reduces per-minute prices on direct-dialed calls to many international cities -- in some cases to levels approaching those for domestic calls.

For example, cities in South Korea, Taiwan, Israel and Mexico can be direct dialed for 10 cents a minute or less.

Specific examples of discounted per-minute charges include: Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara (10 cents); Seoul (8 cents); Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tannin, Fuscous (10 cents); Moscow, St. Petersburg (15 cents); Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (8 cents).

"Verizon customers can now call their home country for prices approaching those of domestic long-distance calls," said Dana Ainge, executive director, product management and development, Verizon Long Distance. "We are making it easier than ever to stay connected by offering discounted rates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on direct-dialed calls. For Verizon customers with only occasional needs for overseas calling, the plan represents insurance against the sticker shock of international call charges, should an emergency or other calling needs occur."

Customers on the International Choice Plan with City Rates pay a $4 monthly recurring charge for access to Verizon's lowest available rates to over 250 countries. Per minute charges do not include taxes or fees.

More information, including country-specific per-minute rates, can be obtained on www.verizon.com.

"International calling customers represent a key segment of Verizon's business success," said Ed Miller, executive director, Verizon Multicultural Marketing. "By lowering the prices for calls to frequently dialed countries around the world, Verizon is allowing our multicultural customers to stay in touch with family and friends back home."

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