Verizon Soups Up E-Mail With Super-Sized Storage and Wireless Access for Mail on the Go

NEW YORK - Verizon FiOS Internet customers will now get super-sized e-mail storage and access to their Verizon.net home e-mail accounts with select Verizon Wireless Get It Now-enabled phones from Verizon Wireless.

New features of the enhanced Verizon e-mail include the ability to access accounts from any computer with an Internet connection, using a re-designed Webmail application, increased storage capacity and an unlimited e-mail retention period for active users, giving customers better and easier ways to stay connected at home and on the go.  Verizon also plans to eventually expand the new e-mail offering to its Verizon High Speed Internet customers.

"Personal e-mail, including digital photo, music and video files, is a critical part of everyday life and we're making it easier for our customers to conveniently access and manage their mail," said Peter Castleton, director of Verizon Consumer Broadband Services. "This update to our Verizon.net e-mail accounts frees FiOS customers to store up to 4 GB (gigabytes) of messages online for as long as they want, plus access it online or on their cell phones with the same capabilities they enjoy at home."

Verizon has increased FiOS customers' e-mail storage to 4 GB (gigabytes) across their verizon.net accounts, which is significantly higher than the storage typically offered by cable Internet service providers. In addition to larger storage and wireless phone accessibility, users have the option of signing up for the free enhanced Webmail application, developed with Laszlo Systems, that includes:

  • The ability to import contacts from other mail services;

  • A preview window for message viewing;

  • Drag-and-drop capability;

  • Improved search capability;

  • Automatic email alerting.

Verizon.net broadband customers also will continue to have at their disposal advanced spam filtering and virus protection, as well as the ability to easily switch email services through Verizon TrueSwitch.

The Mobile E-mail application that allows access to Verizon.net email accounts is available in the Verizon Wireless' Get It Now virtual store on the following handsets: LG enV, the MOTORAZR V3m, the LG VX8300, ChocolateTM by LG, the Samsung SCH-u740, MOTOKRZR K1m, and MOTORAZR2 V9m.  There is a $5 monthly access charge.  The service is expected to be available on additional handsets in the coming weeks and months.  Subscription charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications.  Verizon Wireless customers with America's Choice Premium calling plans can access Mobile E-mail for no additional charge or airtime charges.

Verizon FiOS Internet -- delivered over the nation's most advanced, all-digital fiber-optic network straight to customers' doors -- ranked first in PC World's latest Best and Worst ISPs survey and was named to the top five of the magazine's "The 100 Best Products of 2007" list .  Also, only Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council.

Verizon offers FiOS Internet service in more than 1,700 communities in 16 states, offering downstream connection speeds ranging from up to 5 Mbps (megabits per second) to up to 50 Mbps and upstream connection speeds ranging from up to 2 Mbps to up to 10 Mbps.  For more information about Verizon FiOS Internet, visit www.verizon.com/fios.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, 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 more than 62 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.