I called DTV and inquired about getting TV and phone package. Since DTV offers Verizon for the phone, and I had Verizon in the past, all cable now, I thought it would be a simple matter to get connected. However, the DTV person, and I tried with 3 different people, told me phone service with Verizon is not available in my area! He tried many times and it came up no service available. I have had Verizon phone service at my present location in the past, same phone number. I went to Verizon's website and saw a fantastic deal of DTV and phone service, so I went through most of the process. There was no problem for me to get phone service with Verizon, had them in the past. There is no doubt they service my area. I wanted this to go through DTV but now left with no choice other than Verizon because of cost difference. The significant difference is either DTV + Phone with Verizon + Internet with cable, or TV with DTV and phone + Internet with my cable company. Difference being $25 dollars a month. I would really enjoy switching phone to Verizon, so that plus cost makes it sweet. The weird part is why can't I get Verizon for phone service from DTV?!