ORANGEBURG, NY — If you're planning to make someone happy this holiday season with a wireless phone or accessory, like a hands-free headset, there's never been a better time to buy. During the weeks ahead, you'll find reduced prices on selected digital wireless phones with a new contract. Better still, at Verizon Wireless, when you sign an annual agreement, you'll find savings galore, like free nationwide long distance calls from your home area (on the Verizon Wireless network) and a family plan that allows parents and children to share monthly minutes.
In addition, this season's wireless phones offer a wide array of choices, from color faceplates that make a fashion statement to Web-enabled phones that provide Internet access virtually anywhere, anytime. And, when you buy a Verizon Wireless phone and sign a two-year contract, you're automatically eligible to receive a new phone in two years priced up to $100 at no charge when you renew your contract for two years. It's called "New Every Two"sm and was introduced in September to enable customers to keep pace with new technology.
To help shoppers sort through the options available, Verizon Wireless offers the following holiday buyer's guide for selecting wireless gifts guaranteed to please all the people on your holiday list. By taking a few minutes to read the helpful information below, you'll be well equipped to get the best value for your wireless shopping dollar this season.
A Great Gift For First-Time Wireless Customers
Whether you're buying a gift for a grandparent, a new driver or veteran commuter, Verizon Wireless DigitalChoice " service will deliver holiday cheer all year long. The most popular plans begin at $29.99 a month for 200 home airtime minutes and range up to $149.99 a month for 2000 home airtime minutes. And, with plans at $29.99 or higher, you'll get 500 or 1,000 weekend bonus minutes for one or two years respectively during your contract period.
What's more, for the first time ever, all DigitalChoice plans offer free nationwide long distance calling from your home area with a one-year service contract, so you can use your monthly minutes to call anywhere coast to coast. When you sign up for DigitalChoice service, you'll also be able to take advantage of special prices on selected digital phones. Check local newspaper ads for details.
Wireless Gifts for Tech Lovers and Trendsetters
If you're out to wow someone on your shopping list with the latest in wireless technology, then Mobile Web service is the way to go. With a Web-enabled wireless phone and Mobile Web service at $6.95 a month added to any digital service plan, you can access the Internet to manage your investments, check airline flight information, send and receive e-mail, and comparison shop. Mobile Web customers also can customize the information they want to see on their handsets and receive 100 pre-programmed alerts with stock updates, birthday reminders and other personalized information. Web-enabled wireless phones start at $119.99, but watch for holiday specials.
For the Executive Traveler
Verizon Wireless SingleRatesm offers the best value for people who travel frequently because they pay no long distance or roaming charges anywhere in the United States on the Verizon Wireless network. Plans start at $35 a month for 150 minutes and range up to $200 a month for 2000 minutes. SingleRatesm East plans also offer one low rate with no long distance or roaming charges within the SingleRate East home rate area.
A Wireless Gift That Keeps Families Talking
Today's busy families need to stay in touch as they head off to work, classes and a host of after-school and community activities. With Verizon Wireless' Family SharePlan, you can add up to four wireless phones to a primary phone account on select DigitalChoice plans and share a large bundle of minutes for just $14.99 per additional phone each month. If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, and you have been looking for a way to keep up with your teenagers, the Family SharePlan may be your answer.
For Teens, College Students and the Budget Conscious
If there's someone on your gift list who wants a wireless phone, but needs to control costs, check out Verizon Wireless' Digital Prepay Service. You'll never worry about running up a bill because you pay in advance. And, you can either purchase a new phone or use a compatible digital wireless phone that you already own to open a prepay wireless account. A prepay starter kit sells for $75.00 and includes a $25 account set-up fee and a $50 calling card with 125 airtime minutes. Additional cards may be purchased in denominations of $30, $50 and $100. For college students who live on campuses outside Verizon Wireless' New York/New Jersey metro area, a national prepay service is available at comparable rates.
Wireless Phone Accessories-Always Appreciated
Wondering what to buy the person on your list who already has a wireless phone? One of this year's most popular accessories is a wireless phone headset that allows drivers to keep both hands on the wheel while talking. Just be sure to know what model phone will be used with the headset to ensure compatibility. Headsets are priced as low as $14.99. Other accessories, such as car adapters, hands-free microphone kits and leather cases also are available.
To purchase wireless phones and service, or headsets and accessories, just visit any Verizon Wireless Communications Store or shop online at www.verizonwireless.com.