News Release

Most Advanced Digital Wireless Service Now Available To More Customers In The Carolinas

June 17, 1997

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
Julie Horton
864-271-0500

Kecia Russell-Burkart
864-987-2342

GREENVILLE, SC — Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile announced today the launch of DigitalChoice service in Columbia, SC. Customers in Columbia can now join those in Greenville and Charlotte who are already benefitting from the only digital wireless system in the Carolinas to offer improved call clarity, greater battery life, and the convenience of service wherever you may travel in North America.

"Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is committed to delivering the highest quality digital cellular service," said Jim Akerhielm, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile vice president-southeast. "The sound quality is so good that people won't believe you're on a cellular phone. And unlike other provider's services, you can use our service from coast to coast because our phones work on both analog and compatible digital networks."

In addition to offering the most extensive digital coverage on the East Coast, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile leads the wireless industry in deploying 13-kilobit Divisional Multiple Access (CDMA) digital service. This "next generation" wireless service provides the clearest voice quality of any wireless technology, virtually eliminating static and crosstalk.

DigitalChoice gives customers the ability to make and receive calls, answer pages, receive voicemail, and, with Caller ID, know who's calling.

Customers who subscribe to this new digital service receive:

  • Increased battery life;
  • Free Caller ID service;
  • Free voicemail with message notification;
  • Free TalkDial , Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's exclusive service which allows customers to "dial" with their voice;
  • Free 3-Way Calling, Call Waiting, No Answer Transfer;
  • Free built-in fraud protection; and,
  • Free activation.

The company is offering Qualcomm digital phones in its Columbia, Charlotte, and Greenville area Communications Stores. Customers can sign up for price plans beginning at $24.99 a month and there is no activation fee.

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 a wireless personal communications services, including voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has 4.6 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, visit our home page at www.banm.com.

Herschel Shosteck Associates, LTD, a telecommunications analyst, is currently using Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile CDMA DigitalChoice service in the Washington/Baltimore Market. For comments please contact Jane Zweig at 301-589-2259.

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