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The Low Down on Keeping Up – Verizon West Area Headquarters Visit

by TerriAnn
Verizon West Area Headquarter #VZWBuzz Event

Visit to Verizon West Area Headquarters, Trip Provided…

Earlier this year, we switched our wireless phone service to Verizon. It wasn’t due to any special promotions or peer pressure. Rather, it has the best coverage in my area. That alone made me switch and I never really took the time to find out any more about the carrier company. Last week was pretty much an eye-opener for me in terms of learning about Verizon apart from it’s cell phone service. I was invited to southern California to visit the Verizon Headquarters here on the west coast. As a #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Ambassador, I was very interested in learning more about how their products and service could fit everyday life.

Verizon West Area Headquarters #VZWBuzz Event

The Verizon team really put together some nice presentations for the #VZWBuzz Influencers. Due to a delayed flights, I missed the portion when they spoke in length about the company’s green initiatives. Another attendee filled me in with a few facts. Did you know that the Verizon recycles billboards? I never even thought about that as being waste in the first place!

There was also discussionabout how Verizon supports HopeLine, the service dedicated to the support of battered women. Verizon donates old phone to these women so they have a way to stay connected with their loved ones.

Lastly, we heard about the various wireless providers joining together to for the “It Can Wait” campaign. The focus of with was discouraging people from texting and driving. 4.6 seconds texting, at 55mph, equals the same distance as the length of a football field! See tinyurl.com/m3on2mw for more details on how you can prevent the dangers of texting while driving.

Verizon West Area Headquarters #VZWBuzz EventVerizon West Area Headquarters #VZWBuzz Event

On day two, in addition to learning the benefits of converged solutions (working w/ cable companies) and useful apps, we also got to see several new devices in action. These included signal boosters like Home Fusion, home cameras, the Delphi Vehicle Diagnostics (to save costs on car repairs and keep your teen driver under control), and VGO. VGO is an innovative way to let home-bound children attend school as the VGO shows their face and allows them to participate in the classroom.

One of my favorites was the inSite Separation Alarm. You can put it in your wallet or on your keys so that you never have to go search for them again. Another was the Wemo outlets that allowed you turn electric items at home on and off from your mobile phone. I can NEVER remember if I turned my flat iron off and usually have to run back into the house to check. By using Wemo, I can just turn it off remotely.

Verizon West Area Headquarters #VZWBuzz Event Samsung Galaxy S4

Here’s a list of links and prices of the products we saw demonstrated:

In the coming months, another feature I’m looking forward to is the roll out of Usage Controls. This expands the control parents have in safeguarding their young ones online. You can get a log of texts, phone contacts, and usage summaries. These provisions will work best, though, if they are coupled with open communication between you and you child/teen.

We finished off our fun and informative trip with an hour-long #VZWBuzz twitter chat with great prizes. If you you haven’t participated in one of these yet, you learn a ton AND have the chance to win awesome stuff. Join every Friday at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT.

Being a #VZWBuzz ambassador is not all about facts and gadget news. We do also get some perks – the main one being that we each found a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 and case in our swag bags. Nice!

Verizon West Area Headquarters #VZWBuzz Event Devices

Don’t worry, if have some fun swag to share with you as well! We were specifically given one Mophie 4000 Juice Pack Powerstation to keep (red) and one to giveaway (black). So make sure to follow #VZWBuzz and stay tune for more Verizon and Verizon Wireless goodness over the next few months! Enter to win the black Mophie Powerstation below.

Verizon West Area Headquarters #VZWBuzz Event Mophie Pack

I was provided with an all-expense paid trip to attend this event and given several ‘thank you’ items. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Cuddlesome Bear June 27, 2013 - 6:45 pm

I was surprised at the companies they are working with. I never knew that they were involved in so many products. They are very innovating.

Denise June 28, 2013 - 2:07 am

I didn’t realize they were behind the It Can Wait driving & texting campaign.

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Lisa Brown June 28, 2013 - 3:54 am

I was surprised to learn they work with cable companies.

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Colleen Boudreau June 28, 2013 - 10:19 am

I was surprised that they work with those other companies.

rich morris June 28, 2013 - 11:17 am

how big theircoverage area is

Shelley June 28, 2013 - 11:37 am

I learned they recycle Billboards.

Liza Glick June 28, 2013 - 12:10 pm

That Verizon is helping homebound children learn!

Shaunda E. June 28, 2013 - 2:56 pm

I was surprised that they have programs to help battered women.

Robert Shank June 28, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Looks interesting, love to have!!!!!

Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames) June 28, 2013 - 6:54 pm

They are very much interested in helping parents keep kids safe in this technical age.

Stacy O June 28, 2013 - 7:36 pm

I didn’t know they recycled billboards.

Sue Ellison June 28, 2013 - 7:50 pm

I was surprised to learn they recycle billboards.

marian boll June 28, 2013 - 9:23 pm

The area that verizon covers is greater than I thought

Christine burd June 29, 2013 - 2:27 am

Verizon donates used phones to battered women shelters

nickie June 29, 2013 - 4:49 am

I learned they recycle Billboards.

Phoenixx June 29, 2013 - 5:15 am

I learnt that one of Verizon’s green initiative is to recycle billboards.

Cynthia C June 29, 2013 - 7:01 am

I learned that they help battered women

Tamar June 29, 2013 - 10:37 pm

I thought it was cool that they have an ambassador program.

Daiva July 1, 2013 - 4:01 am

I did not know Verizon supported HopeLine

Kimberly Schotz July 1, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Didn’t know they had cable.

Daily Woman (Lacey) July 1, 2013 - 6:45 pm

I didn’t know Verizon supports HopeLine.

wendy b July 1, 2013 - 8:15 pm

I was surprised to hear about their awesome “It Can Wait” campaign. It’s good to see that they are working on this issue.

Rae Nelson July 2, 2013 - 6:46 pm

They have a recycling program for phones and you can quickly check the price they’ll pay via gift card.

Michele P July 2, 2013 - 9:26 pm

I was surprised that they have are concerned about the environment, and are going green when they can-I never knew they used recycled billboards either

Austin Baroudi July 3, 2013 - 8:13 am

I learned that they work with cable companies.

carol roberts July 3, 2013 - 3:15 pm

they work with cable company’s i didnt no that

julie murphy July 4, 2013 - 12:22 pm

they recycle billboards

Daniel M July 6, 2013 - 5:42 pm

they donate used phones to battered women shelters

Mia July 6, 2013 - 8:00 pm

I learned that Verizon supports HopeLine!

Desiree Dunbar July 7, 2013 - 6:53 am

I was surprised to learn the amount network coverage areas in the United States.

Sheryl July 8, 2013 - 6:26 am

I learned they will be coming out with Usage Controls which help parents in safeguarding their children.

Jacob LaFountaine July 10, 2013 - 7:10 pm

that the nsa was harvesting verizon’s data for quick a period of time

Harmony B July 11, 2013 - 1:01 pm

I learned that they support many organizations with there technology and recycling programs

Janet F July 12, 2013 - 6:30 am

Learning that Verizon supports HopeLine,.

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Tabathia B July 12, 2013 - 10:35 am

I was surprised to learn Verizon donates old phone to these women

Robin July 12, 2013 - 11:38 am

I like that they are involved in the VGO program

Kathy B July 12, 2013 - 9:42 pm

I was surprised to learn that Verizon supports HopeLine

Sarah L July 12, 2013 - 11:38 pm

converged solutions
Thanks for the contest.

Deb S July 13, 2013 - 5:06 pm

I learned they donate cell phones.

Laura Jacobson July 13, 2013 - 5:16 pm

I was surprised they recyle their billboards!

katie k July 13, 2013 - 6:28 pm

Never heard of recycled billboards. cool!

Rebecca July 13, 2013 - 7:56 pm

that they donate old phones to battered women

Richard Hicks July 14, 2013 - 3:35 am

surprised that they help women with Hopeline program

Lesley F July 14, 2013 - 9:14 am

That they donate used phones to women shelters

Danielle July 14, 2013 - 9:39 am

I love the It Can Wait driving & texting campaign. We are true believers in that.

Candice Hull July 14, 2013 - 12:57 pm

I had no idea they supported HopeLine. That is really important and awesome!

T.h.Ransom July 14, 2013 - 1:21 pm

I was surprised that they recycle billboards. Didn’t think that billboards were recycled

Karrie Millheim July 14, 2013 - 5:43 pm

I learned that they recycle Billboards.

Rachel Ellis July 14, 2013 - 5:45 pm

I was surprised to learn that Verizon is part of the “It can wait” program campaign. I had heard of the campaign but wasn’t aware that Verizon was part of it.

Samantha Daleo July 14, 2013 - 6:35 pm

I learned that Verizon recycles billboards! Very cool!

Samantha July 14, 2013 - 6:46 pm

They recycle billboards! Who knew?!

Thomas Chappell July 14, 2013 - 7:06 pm

I learned that verizon is really taking step to inform parents on how to keep their children safe

Brian E. July 14, 2013 - 9:16 pm

I was interested in the expanded usage / parental controls that are coming to protect our kids.

Mihaela D. July 14, 2013 - 10:38 pm

I was surprised to learn they work with cable companies.

Sonya July 14, 2013 - 11:11 pm

I didn’t know they had vehicle diagnostics!

Lily Kwan July 15, 2013 - 2:02 am

I was surprised to learn that Verizon recycles billboards.

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