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Happy Friday, V-Team! On today’s edition of Up To Speed live, host Jennifer Marin shared a full rundown of the news.
Up To Speed: Week in Review
Call before you dig
You may recall that recently our Major Emergency Response Team (MERIT), part of the Verizon Response Team, took part in a critical simulation in Cary, North Carolina. While we were there, the team also explained the importance of calling the national telephone number to call before digging: 811.
Whether it’s a contractor starting a complex project or you’re simply looking to plant a garden or install a fence, safety should always be your first priority.
We shared a video in which Director of Business Continuity and Emergency Management Mark Paff further explained the important 811 call process.
Throwing THOR’s Hammer
Earlier this week, Verizon Frontline introduced the Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response (THOR) Hammer, the latest in its line of next-generation public safety communications innovations.
Developed with dual-core networking capabilities, the nearly 30ft trailer is capable of acting as a standalone (or non-standalone) 5G private network that can be managed locally from inside the trailer. THOR’s hammer, while a prototype, can help enable game-changing capabilities for public safety agencies as they work to protect our communities in times of crisis and beyond.
The THOR Hammer has been designed to operate independently or in tandem with THOR.
Protect our customers
Text messages are among the most trusted ways to communicate with each other, as well as for organizations to communicate with customers who have opted in to receive messages.
In 2021 alone, we processed 267 billion text messages and blocked the delivery of over 11 billion spam messages to wireless customers from senders misusing our consumer platform.
We work hard behind the scenes to help block the evil while protecting the good and you can help too. If you or someone you know receives a spam text, report it by simply forwarding the message to 7726 from your mobile phone. And remember: never reply to a message you don’t expect and never click on a link in a message.
When it comes to robocalls, Verizon is now doing even more to help customers know who’s calling.
with new improvements for the call filter. When customers receive a call from a phone number not saved in their contact list, the call filter will soon label the calls with a category such as healthcare or utilities. This new feature will help customers decide whether or not to answer a call.
Click here to learn more about our efforts to stop spam and robocalls.
Moving on to some exciting news from Verizon Business Group, Verizon Business has been selected to manage the global network infrastructure of Astellas Pharma Inc.
Astella’s, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a global pharmaceutical company involved in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative new medicines. This network transformation will allow them to leverage cutting-edge technologies to help reduce drug development times, healthcare costs and generate new revenue opportunities.
Well done APAC team!
Notice to players
Verizon is once again proving to be the ultimate network for gamers. As you may have heard, you can now get Xbox All Access, which includes an Xbox Series X or Series S and 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate so you can enjoy all the great games.
XBox All Access pairs perfectly with all of our Verizon Home Internet options. And with Game Pass Ultimate and Verizon 5G, you can play on the go.
If you watched Monday’s episode of Up To Speed, you’ll remember how NPCs – non-player characters – are often crucial to the game and played a part in celebrating our Xbox partnership via a Twitch event featuring featuring star of the game AverageJonas.
We shared a video showing the Xbox All Access launch celebration at one of our retail stores in Santa Monica – and we even got to meet our communications partner Adi Winland who joined in the celebration .
Fill hearts and reservoirs
V Team, you may recall not too long ago we shared how our local communications team surprised people at gas stations across the country with the gift of a full tank gasoline.
All thanks to our “Fuel The Love” initiative, which aligns with our #ACallForKindness campaign. Throughout the week, TV stations have aired stories about our recent gasoline giveaways. At these events, we also touted our value-driven Welcome Unlimited wireless plan; our Verizon Visa card which offers 4% rewards on gas; our premium wireless plans that come with streaming services and other benefits, at our expense; and our Home Internet starting at $25 per month.
This week, viewers of the Indianapolis Fox TV affiliate saw how we recently filled hearts and gas tanks for dozens of drivers at a local GetGo station. It was also a lucky week for drivers who stopped at gas stations in Las Vegas and Tampa.
Drivers, don’t worry, our Fuel The Love campaign isn’t over yet! We plan to bring it to at least 15 cities this summer.
Good mailbox submissions
V Team a reminder to keep sending us your summer vacation photos – especially the times when your vacation felt even sweeter thanks to the coverage you had on our network.
Just a few days ago a familiar face on this show – our very own Raquel Wilson was at Newark airport on her way to enjoy her summer vacation and she was able to log into her airline’s app for updates while enjoying its Netflix music and shows – all without having to connect to spotty wifi at airports.
Thank you for sending us this submission Raquel, we hope you have a great time!
So remember the team emails your submission to us at [email protected]
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