Verizon's Broadband Consumer and Small-Business Customers Have New Tools to Increase Efficiency and Productivity

NEW YORK - Verizon's broadband customers now have access to two Cisco WebEx services that easily allow users to start an online meeting or get their own computer files from any Internet browser -- and do it all at a discount of at least 10 percent.  The services are WebEx MeetMeNow and WebEx PCNow.

"These new services provided by Cisco WebEx will allow our individual and small-business broadband customers to interact with friends, clients and prospects online while maximizing their time, minimizing expenses and doing their part to reduce carbon emissions," said Alan Lough, director of corporate marketing for Verizon.

WebEx MeetMeNow allows subscribers to share with others anything on their desktops, such as PowerPoint slides. There are many options, such as the ability to share a webcam for instant video conferencing.  Control can be shared to allow presentations by others in the meeting, not just the leader.  People attending the online meetings can even call into an integrated phone number provided as part of the service, and the subscription allows for an unlimited number of meetings with up to 10 participants.

The service can be launched quickly from a system tray icon, Microsoft Outlook application, or from AOL's, Yahoo's, MSN's and Skype's instant messenger services.

Verizon customers can subscribe to WebEx MeetMeNow for $34.99 per month with a prepaid annual contract, or $43.99 per month on a month-to-month basis; discounts are already reflected in the price.

When users are away from their own computers, WebEx PCNow makes it easy to retrieve files. Using WebEx PCNow, Verizon customers can use any Internet browser or mobile device to get their personal files, programs, email, calendar and contacts.

Additionally, Verizon includes 100 MB (megabytes) of online storage with the service so users can store critical files online.  

"We are excited to bring WebEx services to Verizon customers," said Ryan Azus, vice president of online sales for Cisco WebEx. "With WebEx services, Verizon customers can extend their reach and grow their businesses, as millions of existing WebEx users have."

Verizon customers can subscribe to WebEx PCNow for $9.59 per month per computer with a prepaid annual contract, or $11.99 per month on a month-to-month basis. Verizon customers who wish to set up remote access for more than one computer - up to 10 are allowed - will receive extra savings from Cisco WebEx; for instance, with an annual contract, a second computer can be set up for only 80 cents more per month. WebEx PCNow incorporates multiple security features to help ensure privacy including end-to-end SSL encryption.

For more information on WebEx PCNow, Verizon broadband consumer customers can visit http://surround.verizon.net/Shop/Utilities/WebExPCNow.aspx, and Verizon small-business customers can visit http://business.verizon.net/Shop/BroadbandExtras/PCNow/Default.aspx.

For more information on WebEx MeetMeNow, visit http://business.verizon.net/Shop/BroadbandExtras/MeetMeNow/Default.aspx.

Verizon offers a variety of award-winning products and services that allow businesses to customize the solutions they need to better compete in the marketplace. In addition to broadband Internet access, solutions include online backup storage, e-mail encryption and communications management tools. Verizon business customers who purchase services totaling at least $125 per month may be eligible to enroll in Verizon Business Link Rewards to earn bonus credits to redeem for prizes. For more information about Verizon Business Link Rewards, call 800-LINK-888 or visit www.verizon.com/businesslink.

For more information on Verizon's products and services for small businesses, customers can visit www.verizon.com/business or call 888-649-9500. For news, resources and more tools for Verizon's business customers, visit The Verizon Small Business Center at http://business.verizon.net.

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 nearly 66 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 employs a diverse workforce of nearly 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.