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Millions of Verizon Customers Can Enjoy Big Broadband Savings in Multiple Ways This Fall

High-Speed Internet Service Free for Three Months, More Savings on Value-Added Features Highlight Some of the Year’s Best Consumer Deals

News Release

NEW YORK – September 21, 2009 –

Consumers who have been waiting to disconnect their cable connections or enter the world of broadband are going to like what Verizon is offering them for the rest of this year.  The company is introducing new deals for High Speed Internet (HSI), allowing consumers to take advantage of big savings and get great broadband and entertainment services.

Starting Monday (Sept. 21), new customers can order a triple-play bundle with up to 3 Mbps or 7.1 Mbps (megabits per second)* High-Speed Internet, DIRECTV® PLUS DVR package and Freedom Essentials (unlimited local and long-distance calling) for just $75 per month for the first three months.**  HSI is free for three months, providing a value-packed bundle at a rate unmatched in the market.  Included in that price are 200 all-digital channels, a free DVR upgrade, SHOWTIME® for one year, and thousands of free Verizon Wi-Fi hot spots.  Pricing in months four through 12 is only $99.99 per month for those selecting the 3 Mbps HSI service and $109.99 per month for 7.1 Mbps.  Double-play bundles with new 3 Mbps or 7.1 Mbps High Speed Internet download speeds are also eligible for the special three-months-free HSI offer. 

Verizon also has an exciting offer on broadband service for customers who do not want a service bundle with unlimited voice calling plans.  Existing or new voice customers adding HSI will enjoy three months of free service whenever they sign up during the fall season.  Following the end of the three months, customers will pay only $19.99 per month for up to 1 Mbps service.  Monthly pricing for up to 3 Mbps and 7.1 Mbps service will be $29.99 and $39.99, respectively.  Both the bundle and non-bundled offers require a one-year agreement.

“As we approach fall and the end of the year, we know that providing additional discounts to customers on our bundles and High Speed Internet can help consumers get the most for their money when expenses from back-to-school shopping and the upcoming holidays start to increase,” said Susan Retta, Verizon vice president of consumer product management.  “We are encouraging consumers who currently don’t have broadband service or are frustrated with their cable provider to contact us to learn about all of the great services – and great savings – that are contained in Verizon’s fall offerings.”

All up to 3 Mbps and 7.1 Mbps packages also provide customers free access to more than 14,000 Verizon Wi-Fi hot spots around the country, including various retail and high-traffic locations, to help keep customers connected away from home.  A full listing of the Wi-Fi hot spots can be found at www.verizon.net/hotspots.

Verizon has also beefed up other aspects of its value added services, providing a range of products to help customers protect their digital treasures, entertainment equipment and their families when online.  For example, five times more storage space has been added to the Verizon Online Backup and Sharing service at the same low prices.  For just $8.99 per month, customers can now get 25 gigabytes of storage and Verizon’s Internet Security Suite, which offers extensive online protection from spyware and viruses while also providing firewall protection, parental controls, pop-up blocker and privacy manager software.  In addition to more storage, both services now support Mac computers.  To help ensure customers are protected from unexpected repairs or replacement costs, Verizon offers its Protection Pak Enhanced package covering repair and replacement on all eligible in-home TVs, PCs and phones – regardless of brand, age or place of purchase – for just $19.99 per month.    

Consumers interested in learning more about all of Verizon’s value-added services can go to www.verizon.net/shop.  Consumers interested in learning more about the fall offers can go to www.verizon.com/bundles.

* Internet speeds refer to the connection speed between the user's location and Verizon's central office. Actual surfing speeds will vary based on many factors and be lower than connection speed.

** Three-month bundle promotional pricing is slightly higher in Michigan.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 87 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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