TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay area consumers don't have to wait any longer to get an all-fiber-optic, FiOS-based calling, Internet and entertainment bundle at a great price. For the first time, Verizon is offering its FiOS triple-play package of services for $99.99 a month, the same price as the traditional voice, DSL and DIRECTV bundle.
Advertising begins this week for the special deal on FiOS services, which includes a three-service bundle at $99.99 - a $27.98 a month saving -- and a two-service offer of unlimited nationwide calling and FiOS Internet service at 5 megabits per second download speed and 2 megabits per second upload for $59.99 - a $24.99 a month saving. Both offers are good for 12 months.
"These announcements dramatically demonstrate how Verizon has moved beyond the traditional approaches to marketing telecom products to consumers," said Alan Ciampocero, Verizon's Southeast region president. "Verizon is meeting the competitive marketplace with aggressive pricing, industry-leading value and creative thinking.
"In addition, the fact that we are offering our premier, industry-leading services at these great rates is a signal that competition is at work and vigorous in Florida."
Verizon also announced great rates for several other services:
- For a limited time, Verizon is offering its Freedom Value unlimited domestic calling plan for $19.99, a $20 a month saving, for new and returning customers only. Freedom Essentials -- which includes unlimited calling and Caller ID, Home Voice Mail and Call Waiting -- is specially priced now at $29.99 a month, or $15 off, for new or returning customers.
- For consumers who use cable telephony or Internet calling as their primary calling service, Verizon is offering a local-only backup calling plan for just $9.99 a month for 12 months. The offer is available for new and returning customers. The traditional landline is still the anchor for home communications - it doesn't need charging, features 99.9 percent reliability and is the gold standard for hurricane-susceptible Florida. Some alternative calling services won't work when the lights go out because they run on electric-powered computer calling modems.
- Verizon's part-time Florida customers who have homes elsewhere in the country can reserve their calling service for nine months and their DSL and DIRECTV services for up to six months free of charge. Verizon used to charge a service fee and monthly maintenance fees for this service. "This option, like the others, shows we are serious about keeping customers, winning customers back and exposing customers to our incredible fiber-based services," Ciampocero said. "We're getting customers' attention, reminding them how good we are at service and showing them that our products and services can't be beat."
Verizon is the only company of its kind delivering the benefits of the most advanced all-digital, all-fiber-optic network all the way to customers in areas where its FiOS services are available. At the same time, Verizon's traditional copper network offers reliability and DSL Internet access that is not shared by other customers - in contrast to cable TV Internet services -- thus assuring better speed performance during busy hours.
"We're different from cable," said Ciampocero. "Cable initially wanted to be different from us, but we think we've trumped them with our new fiber network, our bedrock copper network and our service, and we're communicating that to customers."
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 59 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 242,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.