Phillies Slugger Ryan Howard Teams With Verizon to Help Consumers 'Hit' a Home Run by Selecting Company's Exceptional Communications Plans

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PHILADELPHIA - Few things in baseball are as exciting as watching Philadelphia Phillies first baseman and reigning National League MVP Ryan Howard crush a hanging curve ball for a mammoth home-run blast.  Howard, who led Major League Baseball with 58 home runs in 2006, is now teaming with Verizon to help consumers "hit" homers and meet all their communications and entertainment needs by selecting one of the company's bundles of exceptional voice, Internet, TV and wireless services.

Verizon announced Friday (July 13) that Howard will serve as the company's Philadelphia region Verizon home run ambassador.  He will be featured in Verizon's promotional materials and will make personal appearances throughout the region promoting Verizon's communications and entertainment services, available all together on one bill from Verizon.

"Ryan Howard is the perfect fit for Verizon," said Phillip H. Brown, Verizon vice president of sales and local marketing for Pennsylvania/Delaware.  "Just as Ryan brings the power of his bat to the ball park every game, Verizon brings the power of its unequalled network to its customers every day."

Howard made his major-league debut in 2005 and was named the National League Rookie of the Year by Major League Baseball.  His 2006 season quickly established him as one of the premier stars of the game.  Howard won last year's NL MVP award and led all major league players in home runs (58), RBIs (149), total bases (383), home run ratio (10.02) and times on base (299).  In addition to his stellar on-field performance, Howard on June 7 won the John Wanamaker Award, which is presented to the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.

As Verizon's home run ambassador, Howard will help raise visibility of the many communications and entertainment packages available for Verizon customers - packages of two, three or four services that include wireless calling from Verizon Wireless.  The bundles offer consumers significant savings and the security of knowing that it's all backed by Verizon's superior network and world-class customer service.

Offered in nearly all Verizon's markets as Verizon Double Freedom, Verizon Triple Freedom and Verizon Unlimited Freedom, the six combinations of plans are the most complete offers in the market, letting customers mix and match home services with wireless service from Verizon Wireless.

"Verizon's combination plans crack the code on simplicity and value and provide customers with outstanding services and savings," said Brown.

Customers can get voice calling on the Verizon network - known for its 99.9 percent record of reliability - and high-speed Internet service. With the TV offerings from Verizon, subscribers get top-notch picture quality and entertainment choices. Customers also can add wireless service from Verizon Wireless to a bundle and have the convenience of all their services on a single bill. 

For more information about Verizon and the bundles of services available, customers can visit Verizon at  Or they can call Verizon toll-free at 1-800-660-2215.

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 60.7 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



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