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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Verizon today for the first time will offer small- and medium-sized businesses in West Virginia three 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 local 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-call or 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 Chris McKay, Verizon's director of business marketing and sales for West Virginia.

"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 McKay, 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 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 local, regional and domestic long-distance calls priced at $43 per month, or $37 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.  Discounts also are available on popular feature packages that include key features like Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling, Caller ID and Voicemail.

The Freedom Basic for Business Local With Toll plan covers direct-dialed regional and local calls for $28 per month, or $24 per month with an optional one-year commitment; and the Freedom Basic for Business Local plan offers unlimited direct-dialed local calling for $22 per month, or $18 per month with an optional one-year commitment.

Prices for the calling plans are in addition to the monthly cost of the line itself. Taxes and fees also apply.

For additional information about Verizon Freedom for Business, West Virginia customers can visit www.verizon.com/greatplan or call Verizon at 1-888-695-6620.

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. Frost & Sullivan just 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.