10.31.2003Corporate

Verizon Offers Local Calling Plans to Customers in 45 Additional Ohio Communities

MARION, Ohio -Verizon customers in 45 additional Ohio communities can now take advantage of three new optional calling plans that increase the number of communities customers can call without paying long-distance charges.


"These new plans give customers more flexibility to save money on calls they place to many communities across Ohio," said Todd Colquitt, president-Verizon Ohio.


There are three specific geographic areas affected by the new calling plans. (See attached map for further details.)



Calls placed within these geographic areas will now be local calls for customers who choose Verizon's expanded local calling plans.


However, calls placed from one geographic area to another will continue to incur toll or long-distance fees.


In addition, there will be no change in the current requirements for dialing either seven or 10-digit numbers when placing local calls within each of the geographic areas covered by the new calling plans. Customers will continue to dial only seven digits for calls within their local communities and ten digits (area code plus the seven-digit number) for calls beyond their local communities.


The new calling plans are available to Verizon customers in Albany, Amanda, Ashley, Bellevue, Bettsville, Bradner, Bremen, Catawba Island, Cheshire Center, Clyde, Curtice, Elmore, Delaware, Genoa, Gibsonburg, Green Camp, Greenfield, Helena, Kilbourne, La Rue, Laurelville, Leesburg, Logan, Lynchburg, McArthur, Marblehead, Mowrystown, New Marshfield, New Vienna, Oak Harbor, Oregon, Ostrander, Pemberville, Port Clinton, Prospect, Put-in-Bay, Radnor, Rathbone, Richwood, Sardinia, Sinking Spring, Waldo, Wayne, Wellston and Wilkesville.


The calling plans are:


Verizon Best Access -- Customers can make unlimited calls to an expanded number of communities included in the local calling area and receive 60 hours of calling each month for calls to nearby communities. If customers exceed their 60 hours, additional calls are 5 cents per minute. Residential customers will pay an additional $20 per month for this plan; single-line business customers will pay an additional $50 per month.


Verizon Favorite Access -- Customers can make unlimited calls to an expanded number of communities (roughly within a 20-mile radius) for a flat monthly rate and call other nearby communities for 5 cents a minute. Residential customers will pay an additional $12 per month for this plan; single-line business customers will pay an additional $30 per month.


Verizon Select Access -- For an additional $1 per month, customers can continue to place calls within their current local calling area and call additional nearby communities for 5 cents a minute.


Charges for the plans are in addition to customers' current monthly local service rates. Verizon will provide details about the new calling plans in customers' November bills.


Customers who do not select an optional plan will keep their current local service plan and pricing.


Verizon customers in the affected markets who already participate in one of existing local calling plans will automatically have the appropriate expanded calling area added to their plan.


Residential customers can call Verizon at 1-866-282-3711 to order an optional plan. Business customers can call 1-866-837-9411.


Verizon Communications


A Fortune 10 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $67 billion in revenues and 221,000 employees. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 139 million access line equivalents and 36 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with nearly 16 million long-distance lines. The company is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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