News Release

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Expands Its Supersystem Across The Carolinas

Customers to enjoy home rate calling throughout over 33,000 square miles

March 2, 1997

GREENVILLE, SC — Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile customers are seeing greater benefits, thanks to a recent expansion by the company into southwest North Carolina and northeast Georgia. By incorporating 16 new counties into the SuperSystem, Bell Atlantic

NYNEX Mobile has extended home-rate calling to its customers throughout over 33,000 square miles in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

The Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile SuperSystem now includes Henderson, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell, Rutherford and Polk Counties in North Carolina. The SuperSystem also now encompasses Lumpkin, Dawson, White, Habersham, Hall, Banks, Stephens, Franklin, Rabun and Barrow Counties in Georgia.

With benefit of the SuperSystem, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile customers traveling into markets such as Charlotte, Hickory, Rockingham, Waynesville and Hendersonville, North Carolina; Columbia, Greenwood and Upstate South Carolina; and, Toccoa and Gainesville, Georgia will be charged for local airtime just as if they were calling in their own home town.

"We're excited that the Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile SuperSystem continues to grow, giving our customers more areas where they can use wireless communications for their low home airtime rate," Jim Akerhielm, vice president-southeast region, said. "That means over 33,000 square miles of home rate calling -- it's just part of Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's continuing commitment to provide the best cost and coverage of any wireless provider in the Southeast."

With Communications Stores in Shelby, Hendersonville, Marion, Rutherfordton, and Lincolnton in North Carolina and in Toccoa and Gainesville in Georgia, Bell Atlantia NYNEX Mobile has 25 locations to serve customer needs. They feature a variety of wireless communications products, including cellular phones, fax machines, pagers and accessories.

Editor's Note: Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The company owns and operates the most extensive network in the east, covering 111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of wireless retail outlets, offering a full range of personal communications services including voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has 4.4 million customers and 6,500 employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company was formed in July, 1995 by combining the cellular operations of Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile. For more information about the company, visit Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's Home Page at www.banm.com.

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