News Release

Steps to Hope and Bell Atlantic Mobile Team Up to Fight Domestic Violence in Polk County

Shelter Receives Donation of Wireless Phones

September 1, 1999

Brian Chandler
704/332-2030

Rachel Ramsey
Steps to Hope
828/894-2340

COLUMBUS, N.C. — Bell Atlantic Mobile teamed up today with Steps To HOPE, Inc. to fight domestic violence by donating wireless phones to victims at the shelter.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile's wireless phones are a needed tool in providing a sense of security in our clients' lives," said Rachel Ramsey, shelter coordinator. "These phones will be instrumental in helping to build our clients' self-esteem and provide a portable lifeline at the touch of a button."

Ramsey was joined today by Laura Turner, area sales manager for Bell Atlantic Mobile, to announce the donation of six wireless phones. Provided through the company's "Wireless at Work..." program, the phones will allow domestic violence victims to quickly dial 9-1-1 and access emergency, police or medical attention.

Victims of domestic violence are vulnerable to threatening situations just about anywhere -- on their way to work, dropping off their children at school, doing their grocery shopping -- and they often don't have access to traditional landline phones in such emergencies," Turner said. "Bell Atlantic Mobile is proud to donate its wireless technology to give victims of domestic violence the security of knowing that help is only a phone call away. We hope that these phones will never have to be used to report an emergency, but if a victim feels threatened, she can rest assured that help will be on the way."

Bell Atlantic Mobile's "Wireless at Work..." community service program features the donation of wireless equipment, airtime and HopeLine® wireless voice mail services to groups promoting domestic violence prevention and public safety. Since 1996, the company has donated almost 150 phones in the Southeast to aid victims of domestic violence through battered women's shelters and various public safety agencies.

The shelter will administer the program and train domestic violence victims to use the pre-programmed wireless phones.

Editor's Note: Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East and systems in the Southwest, covering 180,000 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 6.6 million customers and 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. 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, Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL) 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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