Verizon Select Services Long-Distance Customers; Now Served by Verizon Long Distance
Company Consolidates Long-Distance Units;
Now Offers Simple Long-Distance Plans in 38 States
NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- What's in a name? When the name involves the nation's fourth largest long-distance competitor, it's a lot -- innovative calling plans and an adrenaline shot of competitive savings for residential and business customers. Starting today, residential and small business long-distance customers of Verizon Select Services Inc. (formerly GTE Long Distance) are served by Verizon Long Distance (formerly Bell Atlantic Communications). The new name will appear on all long-distance correspondence, including the customer's long-distance bills. Rates will remain the same and calling card customers will continue to be able to make calls away from home or the office. "You can count on Verizon Long Distance to continue to provide the same excellent service and offer a variety of innovative calling plans and products to consumers and businesses for both domestic and international calling," said Maura Breen, president, Verizon Long Distance. "We've successfully combined the plans, platforms and programs of the former GTE and Bell Atlantic long-distance companies to create one of the fastest-growing long-distance companies in the country." About Verizon Long Distance In December 1999, Bell Atlantic was the first regional Bell operating company authorized to sell long-distance services in its home state. When GTE and Bell Atlantic merged in June 2000 to create Verizon, the former Bell Atlantic and GTE long-distance companies continued to serve their customers under the new names Verizon Long Distance and Verizon Select Services. Originally, the two units offered a separate set of calling plans to their customers. Today, Verizon Long Distance offers basically the same plans to its customers nationwide. Recently, the Telecommunications Research & Action Center (TRAC), a consumer watchdog agency, concluded that New York consumers are saving up to $700 million a year on local and long-distance services. The FCC recently found the highest levels of competition in states where the incumbent local telephone company offers long-distance service. Verizon Long Distance is the nation's fourth largest long-distance company with more than 5.2 million customers and reaches 250 countries and international locations. Currently, Verizon Long Distance offers service in 38: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 112 million access line equivalents and 27 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A Fortune 10 company with approximately 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit http://www.verizon.com. ON THE INTERNET: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (http://www.verizon.com/news). To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for personalized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X75064976RELATED LINKS
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