We Want You Back - Verizon Offers Great Deal for Returning or New Customers

$9.99 for Peace of Mind

New and Returning Customers Can Enjoy Reliable Verizon Local Phone Service

That Also Backs Up Alternate Services, Supports Alarm Systems, Enables

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Mar 15, 2007, 01:00 ET from Verizon

    TAMPA, Fla., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon, the most dependable
 local phone company, wants you back, and Verizon is offering a great deal
 for returning or new customers to prove it. Consumers who have chosen to
 use cable phones, computer phones or wireless phones for their primary
 lines can now add the reliability and security of a Verizon landline to
 their household for pennies a day.
     Verizon's offer provides consumers with a cost-effective way to keep a
 landline phone as an option in their telecommunications plan. New customers
 and those returning to Verizon can now get a simple, local telephone
 connection to the Verizon network -- which has 99.9 percent reliability --
 for under $10 a month for 12 months. In addition to a great price,
 consumers also gain peace of mind knowing their critical telephone
 communication link is provided on Verizon's industry-leading nationwide
 phone network and backed by thousands of Verizon customer care experts.
     "Consumers can come back to Verizon to add the phone line they grew up
 with to their household. Communications today is about having networks and
 calling options that are reliable for any situation," said Alan Ciampocero,
 Verizon's Southeast region president. "Customers who think voice-over-IP
 calling worth a try, or who count on the same cable that goes out of
 service during 'Thelma and Louise' for their calling needs, sometimes get
 skittish when they leave the babysitter home with just a cell phone for
 backup. Or they get nervous when a big storm is coming that could kill
 power to their broadband voice modem and possibly their home phone.
     "Verizon has a solution for them: our incredibly reliable network. It's
 always on and it completes virtually every call that's attempted, 24 hours
 a day, 365 days a year," he said.
     Verizon, the only company of its kind offering all-digital, all-fiber-
 optic services all the way to customer homes, offers a variety of
 competitive service bundles over both traditional and fiber-optic links,
 including local and long-distance calling, Internet access, entertainment
 and wireless services. For customers who choose other options, however, the
 simple phone line can make a difference.
     "Some alarm services, TV services like TiVo and DIRECTV service, and
 other home automation systems may require a traditional phone line,"
 Ciampocero said. "If the lure of cheap Internet calling has you hooked, you
 can at least make the connections you need, in most cases, with our $10
     And for emergencies, when the power is out or the cell phone battery is
 dead, the phone line can be a lifeline because it is self-powered with
 redundant backup systems to work as long as the lines are up.
     "This is comforting to parents with small children, to the elderly and
 to people who understand that cable calling and Internet calling require a
 powered modem to work at all," Ciampocero said. "All our customers need a
 traditional wired phone. Cordless phones also need electricity, so a corded
 phone is a household necessity."
     For a limited time only, Verizon is also offering unlimited calling
 within the United States, Puerto Rico and the islands for as little as
 $19.99 a month. The company regularly offers three-service bundles of
 either FiOS-based or traditional calling, Internet and entertainment
 services for $99.99 a month.
     Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:   VZ), headquartered in New York, is a
 leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless
 communication innovations to mass market, business, government and
 wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable
 wireless network, serving more than 59 million customers nationwide.
 Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one
 of the most expansive wholly owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom,
 which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to
 deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and
 entertainment services to customers. A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a
 diverse workforce of approximately 242,000 and last year generated
 consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion. For more
 information, visit www.verizon.com.
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