News Release

Beat the Back-to-School Whirlwind With a Wireless Phone

Bell Atlantic Mobile's Pre-paid Calling Cards Put You in Control

August 11, 1998

Julie Horton
(864) 271-0500

GREENVILLE, SC — It won't be long before students begin a new school year and get back to their busy campus routines. But racing from class to the library to intramural soccer practice can make a student's schedule seem like a marathon event. To help keep pace with their hectic schedules, many of today's students (and parents) are putting wireless phones near the top of their back-to-school shopping lists. For students, especially those who attend universities away from home or commute to local colleges, a wireless phone lets them call for help in an emergency or if they need roadside assistance. For mom and dad, a wireless phone for a child means extra peace of mind no matter how far away a student may be from home.

Bell Atlantic Mobile's pre-paid wireless service is ideal for students because it's designed for first-time wireless customers or those who want to set a budget for wireless service. Called MobileMinutes SM, the service offers complete control over wireless costs because you pay in advance. For just $109.99, you can purchase a wireless phone and a MobileMinutes phone card good for close to a half-hour of local calling. Additional cards are available in increments of $25, $50 and $100.

With MobileMinutes, there's no long-term contract to sign, no monthly access fee, no monthly bill and no credit check. And, because all costs are paid in advance, students have more control of their budgets with no chance of running up a bill. They can replenish the minutes easily.

Parents, too, can take advantage of MobileMinutes to help with their busy lives, or they may select a traditional wireless service plan that best matches their calling needs.

One of Bell Atlantic Mobile's most popular service offerings is DigitalChoice SM, which offers superior digital service as well as improved call clarity and greater battery life in a wireless phone. Starting at $19.99, the service includes 45 minutes of local area calling and first incoming minute free for a month. With an annual contract, digital phones are reasonably priced, and may be rented for $5 per month with most rate plans--a Bell Atlantic Mobile exclusive offer. Bell Atlantic Mobile digital wireless phones are dual mode and automatically switch between digital to analog to allow you to use your phone virtually anywhere across the county.

MobileMinutes, DigitalChoice service and a wide variety of wireless products and services may be purchased at more than 28 Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Stores and at hundreds of company authorized retailers and agents. For more information on the store location nearest you, call 1-800-255-BELL.

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Editor's Note: 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 5.7 million customers and 7,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work…" community service program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, 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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