CHICAGO - Continuing to keep customers as connected in the air as they are on the ground, Verizon Airfone today announced an inflight collect calling service, 1-800-USE THE VZ, to passengers on U.S. commercial flights. This announcement follows the recent addition of Airfone Service for Verizon Wireless, which lets Verizon Wireless subscribers forward their cellular calls directly to the Airfone® handset.
With 1-800-USE THE VZ, passengers can make inflight calls without using a credit card, choosing the billing method that meets their needs, whether it's third-party billing, person-to-person or collect.
Making an inflight collect call is as simple as making one from a home, dorm room, hotel or payphone. Passengers just dial *800 from the Verizon Airfone handset to connect to the service. "Payment options that don't require a credit card make it easier for leisure travelers and unaccompanied children to stay connected to family or friends," said Bill Pallone, president, Verizon Airfone.
Passengers will find 1-800-USE THE VZ service on board any of the more than 1,500 planes served by Verizon Airfone nationwide. This includes Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways aircraft.
About Verizon Airfone
Verizon Airfone, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, has been leading the inflight telecommunications industry for 20 years. Serving both commercial and general aviation markets, Verizon Airfone was the first to provide passengers with phone, instant messaging, text messaging and email capabilities. Verizon Airfone recently introduced the Airfone® Service for Verizon Wireless which lets Verizon Wireless subscribers forward their cellular calls directly to the Airfone® handset and bill Airfone charges to their Verizon Wireless account.
Pending a favorable decision from the Federal Communications Commission in WT Docket No. 03-103, Verizon Airfone will introduce broadband technology in late 2005. Verizon Airfone will also introduce Wi-Fi technology in late 2004, pending Federal Aviation Administration approval. Airfone® Voice Services are available on Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways. JetConnectSM, the inflight instant messaging and text messaging service, is available on Continental Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
A Dow 30 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $68 billion in annual revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.