Verizon customers in the East who have the Verizon International Single Rate calling plan now can easily keep track of how many minutes they've used. All they need to do is go to www.verizon.com and log in to "Manage Your Account."
The Verizon International Single Rate plan allows Verizon customers in the U.S. to purchase 300 minutes (five hours) or 500 minutes (more than eight hours) of calls from their home landline phone to 118 countries. The countries include those that are called most frequently: Mexico, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Italy, Germany and Israel. (Unlimited calls to Canada are included in Verizon's Freedom calling plans.)
"International calling plans are in high demand by our customers who make numerous international calls to keep in touch with family, friends or business associates," said Eddie Googe, director of consumer voice products for Verizon. "This new capability will allow our customers to easily monitor their usage online so they can manage within their included plan minutes or upgrade their package based on their calling needs."
For details on the number of minutes used, customers can log in to "Manage Your Account" on Verizon.com, click on the "My Services" tab and then click on "View Home Plan Details." Customers can also view their minutes usage for the prior month. The usage-monitoring feature is currently available to Verizon International Single Rate plan customers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
(Note: Click here to view screen shots of the monitoring feature.)
All Verizon customers can visit www.verizon.com and use the online feature to review their account statements and pay their Verizon bills.
Customers with a Verizon Freedom voice plan can add the Verizon International Single Rate plan for $10 per month for 300 minutes or $15 per month for 500 minutes.* The Verizon Freedom Essentials plan is a common component of Verizon's bundled offerings of voice, broadband Internet and video services.
Customers who do not have a Verizon Freedom voice plan can enroll in the Verizon International Single Rate plan for $14.99 per month for 300 minutes or $19.99 per month for 500 minutes.
Verizon's landline network is 99.9 percent reliable, and on average carries more than 8 million international calls per month. In a study conducted by KRC Research for Verizon, nearly 100 percent of respondents said voice quality, audio volume, voice clarity and tone are important reasons why they prefer to place calls from a fixed landline phone.
Customers with the Verizon International Single Rate plan who exceed their minutes, call "premium numbers," such as wireless phone numbers served by a cellular carrier in another country, or call countries not included in the plan will pay additional charges at competitive rates on a per-minute-of-use basis.
Existing Verizon customers and new customers interested in the Verizon International Single Rate plan can call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966). More information and a list of qualifying countries also are available at www.verizon.com/internationalrates.
For more information on Verizon's broad range of products and services for the home, including television and broadband (Internet) service, or to learn about other international calling plans, visit www.verizon.com.
* NOTE: Prices are valid with any Verizon Freedom calling plan.
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