02/06/2020|Inside Verizon

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Before we get to the news of the day, don’t forget the Oscars are coming up this Sunday. Start thinking about which film you think will win Best Picture and look for a poll in tomorrow’s Up To Speed.

Motorola razr hits stores today.

Looking for the sharpest new phone, filled with cutting-edge tech? Then you need a razor, as in the new Motorola razr, available starting today and exclusive to Verizon.

Experience the iconic flip phone, totally reinvented with the style and intelligence of a modern smartphone.The new water-repellent razr remains ultra compact and folds opens to a full-sized touchscreen. An exterior interactive display keeps you connected so you can stay in the moment. Enjoy all of the latest tech, including the 16 MP AI-enabled smart camera that can shoot 4K video.

It’s so much fun that we guarantee you -- and your phone -- will be flipping out. Check out the razr in stores or at verizonwireless.com.

WitNY works to close gender gap in tech.

Here’s a sobering stat: Over the past 20 years, the percentage of computer science degrees awarded to women has declined steeply from 37% to 18%. Meanwhile, the percentage of women graduating from college with a degree in a technology-related discipline is less than 1%, compared with 6% of men.

That’s a problem.

That’s why we’re a founding and charter sponsor of Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WitNY), a non-profit created in 2016 with Cornell Tech and the City University of New York (CUNY). This program is dedicated to inspiring more women to enter and succeed in technology fields.

Some of our WitNY interns recently presented the culmination of their project: a customized skill for a virtual assistant. “This skill will one day help Verizon customers,” said Wintern Stephanie Yung. “They will be able to ask questions to Alexa like ‘Where is my order?’ or ‘How much data have I used?’”

Fantastic work and another step towards closing the gender gap in tech.

Verizon is a founding partner of WiTNY which will be expanding to three new cities across the United States, starting with Chicago.

Waste Management Phoenix Open becomes first 5G golf tournament.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open (aka “the People’s Open”) has always been one of the most well-attended events on the PGA tour. This year was no exception, making history as the first professional 5G golf tournament.

On Sunday, as Webb Simpson tore through the course on his way to victory, spectators with 5G phones followed his progress with data speeds reaching 1.3 gigabits per second. That’s all thanks to our team setting up 5G COWS (Cell On Wheels) around the course.

Not only that, we put 5G phones in the hands of Phoenix firefighters at the event as a thank you from the V Team.

Now that’s a well-played round.

Special Award and Stock Together program

More good news for V Teamers who received the Verizon Special Award in February 2018: Your second and final payout is coming up in March. Details are in your email.

Speaking of money, be sure to check out our new Stock Together program. It’s a great way for you to share even more in the company’s future success. More details are on VZ Web.

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