News Release

Bell Atlantic Mobile Opens Middletown, NY Store

Donates Confidential Voice Mail to Victims of Domestic Violence

July 16, 1998

Ken Dixon
518-452-8491

Heather Habelka
203-393-1101

MIDDLETOWN, NY — In an effort to meet the growing demand for wireless communications, Bell Atlantic Mobile has opened its' newest communications store in Middletown, located in The Galleria at Crystal Run.

As part of today's ribbon-cutting ceremony, Bell Atlantic Mobile® donated HopeLineĆ¢, a confidential voice mail service, to Safe Homes, Orange County's domestic violence agency. HopeLine will provide victims of domestic violence with the opportunity to secure employment and housing, resolve health care issues and stay in contact with family and friends.

"Our focus is keeping victims and their children free from the fear and consequences of domestic violence, but we also encourage community involvement to this social problem," said Ursula Forem, Safe Homes domestic violence specialist. "In addition to domestic violence agencies and law enforcement outlets, we must rely on other resources. Bell Atlantic Mobile's HopeLine initiative exemplifies leadership and when a local business takes a stand on an issue like this, everyone in the community notices."

A recognized leader in deterring domestic violence, Bell Atlantic Mobile has worked closely with state agencies throughout the Northeast, including the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing wireless communications to victims as well as law enforcement officials.

Bell Atlantic's newest retail outlet is a full service store, providing customers with a showroom, a customer service station and an installation and repair bay. The store will be staffed by a team of wireless communications consultants specially trained to customize Bell Atlantic Mobile's wireless services and applications for all lifestyles. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store's phone number is (914) 695-1342.

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 112,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.5 million customers and 7,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work…" community relations program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments spanning Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.

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