Can you dig it?

By: Raquel Wilson
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Call 811 to find out! Plus, we’re celebrating the start of Small Business Days.

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RootMetrics news

Today, we announced that Verizon’s 5G network was once again crowned the most reliable in the nation, according to RootMetrics’s State of Mobile Union Report. This comes on the heels of Verizon’s network being named Most Awarded for Network Quality, 31 Times in a Row by J.D. Power, and Verizon’s network being undefeated for overall network performance in 96.8% of the metro area tests Rootmetrics performed in the first half of 2023.

This is all possible thanks to our incredible engineers who are creating the best network experience for our customers.

811 reminder

This Friday is August 11, the perfect opportunity to remind you about the importance of calling 811 before you dig.

Jen and Raquel handed it over to colleague Jess Bonardi to explain. As Jess aptly put it, “to dig or not to dig, that is the question.” Jess explained that calling 811 or visiting before any digging project “reduces the chance of damaging underground utilities, including Verizon fiber.” Damaging Verizon Fiber can lead to major communication disruptions, including access to 911, another reason why it’s important to double check before digging!

+play news

There's a new deal on +play, Verizon's one-stop-shop to discover, purchase and save on subscription services. Customers can get Netflix’s Premium Plan on us, with the purchase of a one-year subscription to MasterClass or Super Duolingo. This new deal is exclusive with a limited time offer on +Play.

That’s $240 in annual savings, on us. Plus, customers can get even more value with myPlan’s +play monthly credit perk. To break it down for you: that’s $10 for $15 in +play credits to use on your favorite subscriptions through +play.

MET AR experience

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in partnership with Verizon, has launched a first-of-its-kind augmented reality experience at the Museum called Replica.

The experience allows visitors at The Met to scan artwork and bring elements of the works digitally into the global immersive gaming platform Roblox through augmented reality.

Visitors can download the Replica app for free and then access the in-app map to guide them to artworks around the Museum, learn about different works of art, and digitally collect unique pieces for free.

VZ Parent of the year

Vote for Verizon’s Parent of the Year!

Every year, our partner Seramount honors two Working Parents from their member companies – Verizon being one of them. After receiving hundreds of nominations, the teams narrowed it down to 10 incredible moms and dads. The 2 nominations with the most votes will be honored at the Seramount conference in October.

Please take a moment to cast your votes by the end of day on August 14.

Verizon Business Recognition

Recently, Aparna Khurjekar, Chief Revenue Officer for Business Markets & Software as a Service, was named as one of the Top 25 Channel Sales Leaders, part of CRN’s Top 100 Executives for 2023.

In addition, Rashel Graves, Director of Channel Program Operations and Enablement, was named to CRN’s 2023 Inclusive Channel Leaders list, which celebrates 100 leaders promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging across the channel.

We also want to congratulate Mark Tina who was named as the new VP of Channel Partners Sales and Channel Chief.

Mark will lead our Channel and Partner distribution teams across the country to continue establishing Verizon Business’ leadership in channel, drive profitable growth and deliver a best-in-class customer experience.

SMB Days

Small Business (SMB) Days are back! SMB Days, launched in 2021, is a recurring program dedicated to helping small and midsize businesses through advice and best-in-class offerings.

This year’s SMB days are aimed at providing small business customers with the necessary technology and tools to kickstart their mobile communications, connectivity, and security needs.

From August 7-13, small and midsize businesses can meet with a Verizon Business expert to receive a complimentary Tech Check across critical areas of their business. Plus, small and midsize businesses can take advantage of special promotions during this time, including a free 5G phone when you switch to Verizon with a new line, no trade-in required.

Save up to $300 when you bring your number to help cover your costs to switch. They can also receive a great deal on offerings such as Verizon’s award-winning wireless LTE and 5G Business Internet solutions.

Your feedback matters.

Yesterday, we launched our 3Q VZPulse survey. This 1-minute survey invites you to share how well your team is acting on feedback and how you feel about being on the V Team. V Teamers who have been employed as of at least July 21 can participate. Check for an email or text from our partner Gallup, or go to Inside Verizon (see the bell icon or Notifications section).

Finish mid-year reviews and conversations by Friday.

Our mid-year process closes on Friday, August 11. Be sure to connect with your manager to discuss how you delivered results during the first half and your priorities for the rest of the year.

If you have any questions, email them to

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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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