A game-changing episode.

By: Raquel Wilson
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Watch for a chance to win one year of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

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Happy Monday, V Team! On today’s episode of Up To Speed, Raquel kicked off a busy week with some fresh updates around the business–and a very exciting Xbox-related giveaway opportunity.

BlueJeans Meetings

V Teamers around the business rely on BlueJeans Meetings, which just unveiled some new exciting features. This includes enhancements across mobile, desktop and Meta Portal which are focused on improving hybrid collaboration experiences to foster a more diverse and inclusive work environment.

High 5 Plumbing

And speaking of BlueJeans, Raquel shared the story of a plumbing company from Denver, CO called High 5 Plumbing. Through their virtual service High 5 Live, customers can have a video chat over BlueJeans with a technician to show their issue and then get a cost estimate at the end of the session. A great example of how BlueJeans is helping High 5 Plumbing and other businesses provide top-notch service to their customers.

Fueling The Love

Across the country, our local communications team has been surprising folks at the gas pump and “Fueling the Love.” Local TV stations around the country have been covering this feel-good story about how Verizon is covering the cost of a full tank at local gas stations – and talking up the value of Verizon.

It should come as no surprise to any Verizon customer that our value and feel-good vibes come in many forms. Customers at the pump have been praising Verizon and all the ways we Fuel The Love, and we’re just getting started. You never know where we’ll pop up next!

Back to School

Don’t forget about Verizon’s Back to School deals for all our students, parents and teachers this season:

  • Get up to $800 off our best 5G phones - with select trade-in and select 5G Unlimited plans.
  • Plus, get $200 when you switch and save up to 50% on accessories like earbuds, wireless chargers, and cases
  • Now and always, teachers and students get our lowest pricing on all 5G Unlimited plans with additional savings of up to $25/mo

Phishing and SPAM

Did you know that from May to June 2022 alone, Verizon identified or blocked 2.5 billion unwanted calls for wireless customers, detected more than 26.5 billion spam calls to date and continues to block tens of millions of spam text messages daily on behalf of our customers? On a daily basis, Verizon labels 1.2M calls with [V] for verified callers and 85K with [SPAM?] for robocalls for more than 3M Fios voice customers

Dealing with phishing or SPAM texts? Raquel walked us through a few helpful tips:

  • If you receive a Phishing or SPAM email, you can report it by using the ‘Phish Alarm’ button in your email.
  • If you receive a text message you think might be malicious, forward it to S-P-A-M (7726), and then delete it.

And remember, if you receive a message you believe to be suspicious, do not respond to the message in any way, do not click any links, do not open any attachments and do not visit or provide any data to any website mentioned.

Read more about how you can protect your devices from suspicious activity.


We all know and love Slack here at Verizon, but did you know there are certain Slack channels you can join that can help boost your productivity? The Digital Workplace Team offers tips and tricks in #the-working-tools Slack channel so you can get the most out of our workplace tools. Be sure to check it out when you get a chance.

XBox Game Pass Ultimate giveaway

Last but not least, George walked us through how 10 lucky employees can win a free year of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Simply go to the @InsideVerizon giveaway post on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and let us know who your favorite video game character is. Don’t have social media? Send us a note at live@verizon.com. We’ll reach out if you’re a special winner.

Tune in to Up To Speed throughout this week to hear more exciting announcements!

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About the author:

Raquel Wilson is a former adfellow who now enjoys keeping the V Team up to date on all things Verizon as a host of Up To Speed. You can always rely on her to have a good book recommendation and a latte she probably paid way too much for.

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