Video: Lending a Hand with Wireless Devices

 On April 25, Verizon Wireless made a significant donation of wireless devices and technology to The People’s Pantry, a food pantry and resource center in Toms River, NJ that has become a Hurricane Sandy resource center for community members looking for a helping hand. 

The ceremony was attended by nearly 60 community members, including Toms River Township Mayor, Thomas F. Kelaher, and volunteers from AmeriCorps and The Corporation for National and Community Service. See more at the video below

For information on the People’s Pantry or to donate, emaildonations@trschools.com

Verizon Wireless Empowers Paterson, NJ Youth

Verizon and their Education Empowerment Program, with the help of the Paterson Public School and the Board of Education of Paterson, selected 20 students to compete in a competition to develop a new marketing plan for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Partnering with Samsung and SOTI, the School of Business, Technology, Marketing and Finance as a part of the John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ presented 20 students with Galaxy Tab 2 devices to help them with their marketing plans which will involve creating a plan and a video showcasing the very device that they will be using.

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The program will focus on mobile learning and using technology in the everyday life to prepare them for higher education as well as the workforce. The goal is to have the program prepare the students for college and career success. Verizon will be providing the 20 students with free service during their 4 months with the devices and of course prizes for the best marketing plan. June 2013 is when the program will commence. The students, Verizon and a panel of judges will choose just 3 finalist of the 20 students. Voting will be online and open to the public to determine first, second, and third place winners.

Verizon has previously worked with other schools in Boston, MA and Newark, NJ.

For more info on this and other Verizon Wireless initiatives, check out http://news.verizonwireless.com/ 

Celebrating Innovators – Past and Present

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Innovator: Someone who pushes the boundaries of the known world. A change agent who is relentless in making things happen. A transformer. No matter how you define innovator, one thing is certain. An innovator is an individual who blazes trails, inspires others and changes their community for the better. 

In recognition of Black History Month, Verizon Wireless is honoring four pioneers and five innovators through its Celebrating Your Story initiative. Now in its third year, Celebrating Your Story pays tribute to individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of technology, sports, film, music and lifestyle.  

Click through to learn more about this year’s pioneers and innovators.


Verizon Wireless Makes “Dia De Tus Suenos” A Reality In Philadelphia For Fan Of Chef Jose Garces

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Congratulations to Aliah Davis of Washington, N.J. for winning our Dia de tus Suenos or Day of Your Dreams sweepstakes held during October in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Today, Davis will be spending the day with acclaimed Chef Jose Garces, a Philadelphia restaurateur and star of “Iron Chef America” on the Food Network.

Her day will begin at the Verizon Wireless store at 11th and Market Street in Philadelphia, where Garces will sign copies of his new book, “The Latin Road Home,” for fans, and Davis will be presented with a check for $1,000 and a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE tablet. Davis will also accompany Garces on a private tour of his restaurant J.G. Domestic at 2929 Arch Street, followed by a cooking lesson and dinner!

Verizon Wireless gives a platform to everybody to share their personal stories, and encourages the community to celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic population to our nation’s culture. For more information about the Day of Your Dreams contest, visit www.verizoninsider.com/dreamday.

Community: A Day in the Life with HomeFusion

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Happy to displace his previous Internet provider due to continual weekly outages and super slow upload and download speeds, Reid Holley (Store Manager at Valley View in Roanoke VA), was excited to kick-off  the summer with his very own Home Fusion Broadband Solution. Since installation, Reid monitors the service daily to compare his new HomeFusion to his previous provider. The results have been astonishing! He can download movies in just five minutes from Direct TV without any buffering.

Reid and his 9-year-old son can play on their Xbox LIVE without any lag.  “Before, we couldn’t even connect,” Reid said.  With HomeFusion, his data speeds have been very consistent, averaging about 15 Mbps on the download and 8 Mbps on the upload.  On some days, his speeds have peaked to 16 Mbps download/9 Mbps upload with HomeFusion.

Based on his personal experience, Reid is now an even bigger promoter of HomeFusion Broadband to customers, never missing the opportunity to talk up the service. At a recent community get-together, he showed off the service personally to his friends and neighbors.  “I was thrilled to blow them away with our HomeFusion Broadband solution,” Reid said.

Click through to learn more about HomeFusion.


Get the Most Out of Your New Smartphone or Tablet; Sign up for a Verizon Wireless Workshop

Want to take part in an online workshop to learn more about your new smartphone or tablet? Customers can log on to My Verizon to learn more about free classes, both in-store and online, to help them get more out of their smartphones and tablets. Once logged on, customers will see a personalized list of four nearby workshops as well as a lineup of the latest online workshops.

At workshops, attendees learn:

  • Basic device functions
  • How to customize devices
  • How to use features unique to their devices
  • How to download apps and track usage

To learn more, check out our community blog here -http://forums.verizon.com/t5/Learn-Community-Blogs/ct-p/BlogsandIdeas