What often comes in threes?

By: Katie Regner

Hint: Inspiring V Teamers and exciting new phones.

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On today’s Up To Speed Live, Katie shared the following updates.

Double Check

We’re always working hard to better serve our customers. Double Check is a new extra layer of security which asks our customers to agree with certain changes to their account before they are implemented. One final check. A lot less worry. Thanks to Sariena Alvarez, a Solutions Specialist at one of our Atlanta area stores, who is featured in the ad.

Raquel caught up with Sariena recently to talk about what it was like to shoot the commercial. “I was nervous but I also felt like a star,” reported Sariena. “From wardrobe to lunch to going on set, the experience was amazing.”

Check out some of the ways we work to keep customers’ accounts safe.

New devices

The previously announced Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW is available for purchase beginning today. This is a phone with the features that Galaxy fans love most, including a 120 Hertz screen refresh that makes scrolling and motion look so smooth, fast charging and 5G Ultra Wideband for faster connections where available. And you get all of this at an affordable price.

The new Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G UW were announced earlier this week. Pixel phones are known for having incredible cameras, and these two don’t disappoint. The Pixel 5 has an ultrawide lens to capture more of your surroundings, and a new Portrait Light feature that lights up areas of the photo to really make pictures pop.

The Pixel 5G, the first Pixel with 5G Ultra Wideband, is now available for preorder. Check Verizon.com for more details about both new Pixel phones.

Earlier this week, George showed us the revolutionary LG Wing with its swivelling second screen that offers all kinds of ways to increase productivity and multi-task, including a built-in Gimbal Mode feature that helps you film dramatic pans and steady video.

Of course, to get the most out of any of these devices, you’ll want to use them on the best network. Speaking of which, Tutela’s US State of Mobile Experience Report 2020 just awarded Verizon top honors for Excellent Consistent Quality, Download Throughput, and Coverage. Woot, woot!

BlueJeans and telehealth

Several healthcare organizations will now be using BlueJeans video conferencing for telehealth services, patient-to-family communication, internal collaboration, education and patient advisory boards. They’re able to help improve patient outcomes by providing care remotely in a manner that helps support adherence to HIPAA or similar patient privacy requirements.

Mi Historia: America Baez

As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s meet another outstanding Latina V Teamer. America Baez is a Talent Acquisition Manager from Chicago who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After months of tests and treatment, all while completing her MBA, her cancer has thankfully gone into remission. Read more about her story.

Spanish language content on Fios

Fios customers now have more options when it comes to Spanish-language programming, with over 400 hours of video on-demand content from leading Spanish-language networks, including: RCN Nuestra Tele, Antena 3, HOLA! TV, Sur Peru, and Canal Sur. The new VOD content will be offered at no additional cost for current Verizon Fios customers that subscribe to a Spanish TV package.

My Why: Linh Beugelsdyk

Today we highlight Verizon Consumer Group’s Linh Beugelsdyk, a marketing manager who has been with Verizon for 23 years. In beautiful Honolulu, HI, she volunteers to help with local neighborhood and beach clean ups. Thanks, Linh for sharing your story and for driving all over your beautiful state!

Hans meets with mayors

Yesterday, Hans kicked off the first in a five-part series of national roundtable discussions with the United States Conference of Mayors and industry leaders. He was joined by the mayors of Los Angeles, Houston, and Phoenix and CEOs of Carrier and LiveNation to talk about economic recovery. The next event on dismantling racism will stream live on our Verizon LinkedIn page next Wednesday at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT.

Women in Business talk sports

Verizon Business Group CEO Tami Erwin hosted a discussion with women who hold leadership positions with the NFL, NHL and National Women’s Soccer League as part of the Women in Business series. Topics included how they have pivoted their leagues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice issues, and how their own careers and leadership styles have evolved through the years.

Help for small businesses

CNBC highlighted a recent Verizon Business survey about what’s on the minds of small business owners. The owners report that they continue to face significant obstacles and more than half are concerned about surviving financially. Fortunately, our team is here to help with our Comeback Coach program and other tools to help businesses rebuild digitally.

Welcome to our new 5G partner - the NHL

Verizon and the National Hockey League are bringing the power of 5G to center ice with an exclusive, multi-year deal that will make Verizon the League’s Official 5G Partner, Official Wireless Services Partner and Official Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Partner in the U.S. Verizon also becomes an Official Technology Partner for the League.

Support for our LGBTQ+ community

October is LGBTQ+ History Month. To help celebrate, Verizon has pledged another $250,000 in support of PFLAG, the nation’s first and largest organization for the parents, families, and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. This brings Verizon’s total support of PFLAG to $750,000, given over the last three years.

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

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About the author:

Katie is a member of the Verizon Corporate Communications team and a regular host of Up To Speed. She's a new mom with a passion for show tunes trying to keep up with the latest trends in tech.

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