Bell Atlantic-Delaware Offers Free Weekends On Regional In-State Toll Calls

Bell Atlantic-Delaware Offers Free Weekends On Regional In-State Toll Calls

SoundMinutes Calling Plan Offers Simple Per-Minute Pricing

September 15, 1997

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Joan Rasmussen

(Sept. 15-16 only)


Ells Edwards

(after Sept. 16)


new regional toll calling plan, Bell Atlantic® SoundMinutes®, can now

make free calls on weekends.

SoundMinutes is a flat rate per-minute calling plan that allows

consumers to make regional in-state toll calls for 10 cents per minute

Monday through Friday. Free, unlimited weekend calling is a

promotional offer that is available through March 1, 1998. After that

date, all calls will be 10 cents per minute.

"With SoundMinutes, you can talk as long as you like on weekends and it

won't cost a cent," said Josh Martin, president and CEO of Bell

Atlantic-Delaware. "There are no restrictions, no hassles and no fees

to enroll."

Regional, in-state toll calls are calls beyond a customer's local

calling area, but within a few dozen miles from the customer's home.

Examples of in-state, regional calls are those from Newark to Dover,

and Rehoboth to Wilmington.

In addition, SoundMinutes calls will be billed in six second

increments after the first minute of the call. For example, a call of

1 minute 12 seconds will cost 12 cents.

Cellular, 976, operator-handled and calling card calls are not

included in SoundMinutes. Also, customers who sign up for

SoundMinutes are not eligible for the company's Maximum Value or

Consumer Opportunity Savings Plans.

Residential customers can find out more information about SoundMinutes

by calling Bell Atlantic at 1-800-942-5000. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6

p.m. Monday-Friday. There is no charge to enroll in the plan.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new

communications, entertainment and information industry. In the

mid-Atlantic region, Bell Atlantic's telephone company subsidiaries

are the premier providers of local telecommunications and advanced

services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the

high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also

owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and

is actively developing high-growth national and international business

opportunities in all phases of the industry.