Peace of mind.

By: Raquel Wilson
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

How our Gizmo Watch 3 is ensuring just that for our V Teamers and beyond. Plus, a full news rundown.

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On today’s live edition of Up to Speed, we shared the following updates:

Storm update

Northern California was hit with a series of atmospheric river and bomb cyclones, causing floods, landslides and power outages affecting millions of people in the West.

But as always, keeping customers connected no matter the weather is what we do. Verizon’s network is designed to withstand extreme weather, with battery and generator backup systems in critical locations to minimize the risk of service disruption if commercial power is lost.

Safety is our number one priority, and our engineers are working around the clock to respond quickly to any network issues so that our customers can stay connected when it matters most.

Verizon Business news

Last Thursday was a big day for our Verizon Business Group as they came together in person and virtually around the world for their Kickoff to discuss how they will deliver big in 2023. Raquel was on-site to hear about the team’s excitement and we heard from Verizon Business CEO, Sowmyanarayan Sampath.

Verizon Business recently announced that its private 5G wireless network is live at The Smart Factory @ Wichita.

The smart factory is a new immersive experience center convened by Deloitte that helps companies adopt state-of-the-art solutions and technologies to boost quality, productivity and sustainability.

Verizon will help customers innovate their connectivity and use of data with select use cases like increased shop floor visibility, improved quality assurance, reduced defects, material handling automation, and workplace safety.

Verizon has been named one of America’s most JUST companies

Verizon was named number 6 by JUST Capital and CNBC in the 2023 Rankings of America’s Most JUST Companies.

The rankings are the only comprehensive evaluation of how the nation’s largest corporations perform on the Issues that matter most to Americans today. Verizon has been recognized for our commitment to serving our employees, customers, communities, the environment and shareholders.

Here’s the deal. The latest deals and promos you don’t want to miss.

Make sure to tell your friends and family and be sure to share your Friends & Family discount for added savings like up to $25 per month off new Unlimited postpaid mobile accounts and $10 per month off Fios Gigabit Connection when they switch to Verizon online.

You can find your unique promo code on the Friends & Family About You page.

The Gizmo Watch 3 is now available in Blue Clay and Mint colors for $4.17 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment, and we’ve got a great deal if you need more than one Gizmo Watch. For a limited time, if you buy one Gizmo Watch 3 we’ll give you $100 off a second one so your kids won’t be fighting over who gets to wear it.

Meet the V Team

We shared the story of Priyansh Nigam, a Senior Manager with our Tech Product Management team based in Atlanta. Priyansh oversees the development of our Gizmo Watches. The incredible irony is that his son, who’s on the autism spectrum wears the watch and Priyansh shared an incredible story of how it one day helped bring him back to safety.

Citizen Verizon news

Verizon was invited to participate as evaluators of the Junior Achievement Company Program.

The program empowers high school students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community. V Teamers Fabio Gomes Belem, Priscila Signore Arruda and Paulo Pontin had the opportunity to meet the winning team “PSA Artesanais” from Bagre, a small town in Northern Brazil. They developed products utilizing the seeds of the Açai fruit to make handicrafts like earrings, rings and more.

These products not only help the environment, in terms of avoiding waste, but they’ll also help change the lives of many people in their city that can now manufacture these products for a living.

The team was awarded a trip to visit Verizon’s Headquarters in São Paulo.

Congratulations to these innovative thinkers!

Add to your calendars

V Team, here’s some important information to add to your calendars.

This upcoming Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our BOLD Employee Resource Group is reminding us that Martin Luther King Jr. Day day should be celebrated by volunteering our time.

V Teamers can participate in a virtual litter cleanup event and if you’re in Dallas or Tulsa you also have an in-person litter cleanup event option.

For more about MLK day and volunteer opportunities check out our VZWeb article.

And keep in mind that on Tuesday January 24th, our leaders will be sharing our Q4 earnings results on Up To Speed.

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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