Amazon.com and Bell Atlantic Mobile Put Wireless E-Commerce Into the Hands of Consumers

February 29, 2000-Bell Atlantic Mobile and Amazon.com

today announced an agreement that will enable customers

of the wireless provider's popular Web Access wireless

Internet access service to make purchases for the first

time directly from their digital phone.

As a result of the agreement between the leading online

retailer and the leading wireless provider, starting March 1,

Web Access customers can access the Amazon.com

Anywhere service via their Web-enabled digital wireless

handset to buy any of the millions of items at Amazon.com,

check out reviews by other consumers, or even select a

gift and the gift-wrap-all from the convenience of the palm

of their hand.

Beginning in mid-March, Web Access customers who

complete a transaction through Amazon.com on their digital

phone will receive a $15 electronic coupon from

Amazon.com toward future e-commerce purchases made

through the online retailer's Web site.

"This alliance with Amazon.com completely redefines the

meaning of point-of-sale for our customers, and will be the

first in a series of wireless e-commerce initiatives by Bell

Atlantic Mobile," said Debra Carroll, vice president of

marketing for Bell Atlantic Mobile. "For the first time, our

Web Access consumers will have the freedom to buy many

items, such as books, CDs and toys right from their digital

phone, without the need for a landline Internet connection.

This significantly enhances our Web Access service,

allowing our customers to join Amazon's 17 million existing

customers to push the e-commerce trend to the next level

through wireless."

"Our Amazon.com Anywhere initiative continues to expand

how our customers find, discover, and buy anything

online-at any time, from anywhere," said Lil Mohan, general

manager, Amazon.com Anywhere. "We are pleased to work

with Bell Atlantic Mobile to provide customers a convenient

mobile shopping experience."

Bell Atlantic Mobile's Web Access customers already use

Web-enabled digital phones to surf the Web, send and

receive e-mail, get real-time stock market analysis and

quotes, and set up customized personal Web pages. They

also benefit from a wireless personal organizer and access

to nearly twenty leading content providers.

"Wireless Internet access is poised to become one of the

hottest trends over the next few years," explains Carroll.

"This is what's driving us to seek the most strategic

e-commerce relationships, like Amazon.com, for Web Access

offerings. As our customers become increasingly mobile, we

are allowing them to take their PC's functionality with them,


By 2003, industry analysts predict there will be 600 million

Web-browsing wireless phones in operation around the

world, with their users spending $33.5 billion annually for

the service.

Web Access customers pay just $9.95 a month for the

service on top of their DigitalChoice® voice price plans,

which begin as low as $19.99 a month. Customers share

the monthly bundle of access minutes between their voice

and data service.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries) is the

Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 DVD and video, and No. 1

book retailer. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) opened its

virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today

offers Earth's Biggest Selection, along with online auctions

and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com lists more

than 18 million unique items in categories including books,

CDs, toys, electronics, videos, DVDs, home improvement

products, software, and video games. Through Amazon.com

zShops, any business or individual can sell virtually anything

to Amazon.com's more than 17 million customers, and with

Amazon.com Payments, any seller can accept credit card

transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements

that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among

others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated

losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential

fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality,

consumer trends, competition, risk of distribution center

expansion, risks related to fourth quarter performance, risks

of system interruption, management of potential growth,

risks related to auction and zShops services, risks related

to fraud and Amazon.com Payments, and risks of new

business areas, international expansion, business

combinations, and strategic alliances. More information

about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's

financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the

Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual

Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998

and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended

March 31, 1999, June 30, 1999, and September 30, 1999.

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless

network in the East covering 154,000 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 7.7 million customers and 8,800

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, 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.