Just in Time for the Holidays: Verizon's Special Offer for FiOS Internet Broadband Service Helps Consumers Get More Enjoyment From Their Electronics Gifts

PHILADELPHIA - One of every four holiday gift boxes this season will contain consumer electronics items - with digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, video game systems, laptops and PCs topping adult and teen holiday wish lists - according to a recent study by the Consumer Electronics Association (www.ce.org).  To help people get the most out of those handy gadgets, Verizon is offering a special holiday deal on lightning-fast FiOS Internet broadband service.

"Half the fun of a digital camera is uploading photos and videos right away to share with friends and family online," said Beth Mulhern, director of marketing support for Verizon.  "Teens want to download purchased music onto their MP3 players quickly.  A PC game is more enjoyable when you're faster than your opponents.  And faster is always better when watching news and entertainment on your new PC.   A super-fast FiOS Internet connection makes digital gifts faster, more useful and a lot more fun."

From now until Dec. 15, qualified new customers in a number of southeastern, southwestern and central Pennsylvania communities can subscribe to FiOS Internet service with a maximum connection speed of 15 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 2 Mbps upstream in an annual service plan for just $29.95 a month for the first three months - a $45 savings.  Customers can check for service availability and offer details by visiting www.verizon.com/fios or calling 1-888-933-3331.

Verizon connects the nation's largest all-fiber network directly to customers.  Only Verizon's FiOS network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council for providing fiber all the way to customers' homes.

"Some companies claim to have fiber-optic networks, but their fiber optic cable stops short of your home," said Mulhern.  "That means you're not getting the total power of fiber optics, because wherever the fiber stops, the benefits of fiber stop.  We're conducting this special promotion on 15-Meg FiOS Internet service so customers won't have to settle for less from any other Internet service provider.  Now is the time to sign up for FiOS and begin enjoying a superior communications experience that only true fiber optics provides."

Verizon FiOS Internet  Service packages include a choice of free Verizon Yahoo! or Verizon Online with MSN Premium service, wireless router, 9 e-mail accounts, 24/7 live technical support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

Verizon FiOS members can make the most of their high-speed connections through access to a variety of great online experiences, including the most extensive online content available anywhere from Disney and ESPN Networks.  This programming includes live breaking news from ABC News Now, family games and entertainment with Disney Connection, sports action and exclusive game broadcasts from ESPN360, full-screen film trailers and movie news from Movies.com MAX, and original soap opera programming and soap news from SOAPNETIC.

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 57 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 approximately 250,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.