Verizon Offers Small Businesses in Delaware First-Ever Unlimited Calling Packages at One Low Monthly Price

WILMINGTON, Del. - Verizon today for the first time will offer small- and medium-sized businesses in Delaware two different Verizon Freedom for Business calling packages that offer unlimited usage for a fixed monthly fee, plus additional savings with a one-year commitment. Business owners can pick the calling package that best meets their regional and long-distance calling needs.

The new calling packages are part of Verizon's strategy to fully support the success of the small-business market segment and deliver products and services that meet the needs of these companies.

"Eliminating per-minute usage charges is a fundamental change in the way we do business, and we are excited to bring these savings to our customers," said Mike Samatas, product development manager for Freedom for Business.

"We don't want our small-business customers to have to think about the costs associated with making business calls and getting unpredictable monthly bills. We know that when they are on the phone, they want to be focused on the call, not on how many minutes have gone by or how much the call will cost," he said.

According to Samatas, replacing pay-as-you-go pricing with a flat monthly rate is popular with small businesses because it gives them the predictability they need to accurately budget their telecommunications costs, and it enables them to save money as well.                      

Verizon Freedom for Business offers unprecedented flexibility at very competitive rates. Customers can choose a plan that includes unlimited regional and domestic long-distance calls. This plan is priced at $34 per month, or $28 per month with an optional one-year commitment. Customers then qualify for Verizon Business DSL for just $31.95 more per month when bundled with Verizon Freedom for Business, if the one-bill option is selected. This is a 20 percent savings off the regular $39.95 price for DSL service.  There are also discounts available on popular feature packages that include key features like Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling, Caller ID and Voicemail.

There is also a regional toll plan that covers direct-dialed regional calls. For $19 per month, or $15 per month with an optional one-year commitment, small-business owners can make unlimited regional toll calls. Low-cost, local-calling plans have been available for some time.

These are new service offerings, not limited-time promotional offers. Prices for the calling plans are in addition to the monthly cost of the line itself. Taxes and fees also apply.

For additional information on Verizon Freedom for Business, Delaware customers can visit www.verizon.com/greatplan or call Verizon at 1-888-828-6069.

Verizon offers a variety of products and services that allow small businesses to customize the solutions they need to better compete in the marketplace, including innovations like e-mail encryption and Web conferencing with Citrix GoToMeeting and various communications management tools.  Frost & Sullivan recently cited Verizon for offering one of the most robust portfolios of products and services to small businesses. For more information about Verizon's business products visit http://business.verizon.net.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, 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 nearly 55 million customers nationwide.  Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks.  Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.