Verizon adds new bells and whistles to FiOS voice service

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has decided to integrate new life into an old service--voice--with the debut of its FiOS Digital Voice service. As an effort to attract existing and new customers to its VoIP service, FiOS Digital Voice offers a slew of new features--21 to be exact--that can't be found on its POTS.

FiOS subscribers in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania and California, can take advantage of the new service.  

Unlike the traditional Freedom Essential service that usually comes with three free calling features, FiOS Digital Voice offers everything from live voice-mail screening, to online call manager and Caller ID on TV. With the live voice-mail screening feature, a service Verizon says isn't available from cable VoIP plans, users could hear voice mail messages as they arrive and then decide to either take or not take the incoming call.

Of course, what would the new service be if it wasn't offered as part of a promotional bundled package? Included in the initial $99.99 a month promotional triple-play package is FiOS TV Prime, FiOS Internet with 15 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream and FiOS Digital Voice.

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