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 service." 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. VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.