Bell Atlantic Expands Statewide Network of Electronic Payment Centers

Bell Atlantic Expands Statewide Network of Electronic Payment Centers

Customers Can Take Advantage of Many Convenient Locations, Quick
Electronic Posting

December 17, 1996

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- Paying phone bills is now faster
and easier for
Bell Atlantic customers in Delaware because there are more than twice
as many electronic payment centers around the state. Customers can
pay their Bell Atlantic phone bill at more than 70 businesses that
electronically record their payments or they can use pay-by-phone
services offered by local banks.

When customers pay their phone bills at any authorized electronic
payment location in Delaware, the company is notified of the payment
in minutes. The electronic payment centers are located in a variety
of businesses such as supermarkets, drug and convenience stores and
check cashing centers.

"We've added more than 40 electronic payment locations throughout
Delaware in the past year with customer convenience in mind," said
Joshua W.
Martin III
, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-Delaware.
"Our goal is to ensure that customers' payments are credited to
accounts as quickly as possible and to provide convenient payment
locations. We are continuing to seek additional electronic payment
centers to achieve this objective."

Martin said Bell Atlantic-Delaware customers also may use several
pay-by-phone services provided by local banks to pay their telephone
bills 24 hours a day. Customers should check with their bank to see if
it provides this service. Because these electronic payment methods are
available, PNC Bank no longer will accept cash payments of Bell
Atlantic phone bills at Delaware branch offices or ATM machines after
Dec. 31, 1996. CoreStates and Wilmington Trust also will phase out
such payments in Delaware in the first quarter of 1997. However,
customers of all three banks will be able to use pay-by-phone services
to pay their bills electronically.

Many of the electronic payment locations throughout the state are open
before and after normal business hours and on weekends. Customers may
call 1-800-273-0053 to hear a list of payment locations and

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:
BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider 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.