A newsworthy week.

By: Raquel Wilson
Analyst - Corporate Communications

New fits, new V-Terns and new deals.

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Happy Monday, V Team! On today’s episode of Up To Speed, host Raquel Wilson started off the week with some exciting announcements and a very special celebration of Verizon’s 2022 intern class.

RootMetrics win

Verizon just celebrated its 18th consecutive win for overall network performance by RootMetrics, the nation’s most rigorous drive testing firm. That’s more than any other carrier in the report’s history. And Verizon is continuing to put in the work to remain America’s most reliable 5G network. Verizon has begun deploying 100 MHz of C-band spectrum in many markets across the US–a significant increase from the 60 MHz of spectrum already deployed.

By almost doubling our spectrum in these areas, we are able to now offer significantly higher speeds and performance, much greater capacity for customers and the ability to offer 5G Home broadband and Business Internet services to more customers around the country.

Showing up for businesses big and small

Verizon continues to serve our customers’ wide range of network needs. Some of our nation’s biggest agencies, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), are relying on the strength of Verizon’s network day in and day out. The FBI recently awarded Verizon a $400 million modernization contract to expand the Bureau’s network infrastructure, data and voice solutions.

And that’s not all: Virginia International Terminals also announced an agreement to build a private 5G Ultra Wideband network at one of The Port of Virginia’s main container terminals.

While we’re on the subject of business solutions, Verizon Business announced the direct-to-customer availability of the SumUp Plus Card Reader to new and existing Verizon small and midsize business customers.

Pixel 6a

We’ve got some big news: we announced that the affordable Pixel 6a is coming to Verizon on July 28th, and we’ve got some great offers so you can easily get your hands on one.

And while you’re at it, download Verizon’s Care Smart app on your smartphone and check out the “Get Help - Caregiver Alert” on your Apple Watch, which detects a hard fall and connects you to your “Trust Circle” contacts in your moment of need.

National Intern Day

National Intern Day is this Thursday, July 28, and it was only fitting that we give a shout out to the nearly 400 VTerns who have joined our ranks for the summer. Over 10 of our interns shared their favorite part about being an intern here at Verizon and a little taste of their day-to-day experience.

Back-to-school season

Raquel pointed out that back-to-school season is almost upon us, and backpacks and school supplies are filling the shelves. Here at Verizon, parents, students and teachers can all benefit from our affordable deals by getting up to $800 to put toward a new 5G phone–with select trade-in and select 5G Unlimited plans. Plus, get an additional $200 when you switch, and save up to 50% on accessories, including wireless chargers, noise canceling earbuds, tablet cases and wireless keyboards.

And there’s more: teachers and college students can save up to $25/mo on all our 5G Unlimited plans and get Verizon Home Internet starting at just $19.99/mo with Auto Pay, plus taxes and fees.

New uniforms

In case you missed it, did you see that our retail reps are now rocking a new uniform? We got to hear from V Teamer Coleman Montgomery from our store in Charlotte, North Carolina, about all the reasons he’s a big fan of the new “fit.”

Lastly, Raquel closed out the show with a reminder to check out the Disability Pride Month fireside chat with ADVANCE Executive Sponsor and Chief Communications Officer, Jim Gerace and Senior Vice President of Talent and Diversity, Christina Schelling, who will be part of the discussion focused on the future of the disability and inclusion space.

Be sure to tune in to Up To Speed all week long for more exciting announcements around the business!

If you have any questions, email them to live@verizon.com.

Click here for a transcript of the webcast.

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About the author:

Raquel Wilson is a former adfellow and now on her way to becoming a communications pro. 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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