Verizon’s FiOS In Washington D.C.


Verizon, hoping to give customers new reasons to keep wireline voice service, is marketing an IP-based FiOS Digital Voice phone service in Washington, D.C.

Good luck with that! With the recent 4G WiMax Clearwire just rolled out in DC as well as VoIP services already offered by Comcast, RCN, and Vonage, why bother with the landline anymore?

FiOS Digital Voice provides 21 features, including live call-screening, a Web-based call manager utility and caller ID on TV. The service is currently available in FiOS markets in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania and California.

Like other traditional phone companies, Verizon has also been steadily shedding traditional phone lines, as have other telcos, with the rise of wireless phones and cable telephony services. Verizon had about 18 million residential access lines in service as of the end of March — down 11.9% from 20.3 million lines a year earlier.

To promote FiOS Digital Voice, Verizon is offering new customers that sign up by July 24 for FiOS triple- or quad-play bundles that include broadband, TV and FiOS Digital Voice a guaranteed monthly rate for two years. Bundles start at $99.99 a month for a triple-play bundle of FiOS TV Prime, FiOS Digital Voice and FiOS Internet with 15 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream.

FiOS Digital Voice features include live voice-mail screening, which lets users hear voice-mail messages as they arrive and decide whether or not to take the incoming call; call logs; “locate me,” which tries up to three additional phone numbers if the initial call is not answered; simultaneous ring, to let incoming calls ring up to three numbers; voice mail with e-mail notification; and virtual numbers.

An additional FiOS Digital Voice line, with its own assigned number and all the same features, costs $9.99 per month.

Separately, Verizon has expanded the FiOS TV Visual 411 directory assistance widget to customers in Washington, D.C. The Visual 411 Widget enables customers to search by business name, type of business or keywords (such as “florist”) and displays a location map along with the address and phone number.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

4 Responses to Verizon’s FiOS In Washington D.C.

  1. Fred Gnuechtel says:

    Why a landline you ask? There is only one answer but its a very important one – BANDWIDTH! Its all about the size of the pipe – and for the forseeable future NOTHING bears fiber. Wireless might be more convenient (provided there are no metal walls between you and the antenna) but nothing beats fiber. Fios is much more than VOIP. Once you have fiber at or close to your doorstep, the sky is the limit.

    By the way, I am hearing some negative things about WiMax in terms of reliability in fixed locations. Its great on the go and it would seem that those moving around the network get higher priority – the good old cell phone tower shuffle.

  2. No incentive for me to switch to Verizon

  3. mywalletmarketcom says:

    I am using the world’s best online TV viewing software. Spend a lot of time at the computer. For this reason than to watch tv on pc software is required. Thousands of HD channels, TV shows, series, movies all in one software. I searched and really did a very good choice. Don ‘t pay cable television fees for one year. You still pay them at once and watch tv free from your computer. Once you get use to life.

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