Bell Atlantic Launches Work At Home Billing Service

Bell Atlantic Launches Work At Home Billing Service

Billing Business Calls From Home to Office is Easier, Faster

May 13, 1997

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Want an easy and cost-effective way to make business
calls from your home and bill them to your office or business? Bell
Atlantic customers in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia now can
do just that with the company's new Work at Home Billing Service. Bell
Atlantic plans to make the service available throughout the
mid-Atlantic region by the second half of this year.

"This new service is very convenient for people who work at home and
it's a great way for businesses to save money," said Clyde Lew,
manager of new product introduction for Bell Atlantic Small Business
Services. "Work at Home Billing Service saves employees time they
would otherwise spend identifying and filling out vouchers for
business calls they make from home. It eliminates extra paperwork for
businesses and offers an alternative to calling cards and costs
associated with them."

Lew said the new billing service has other advantages for businesses.
"Work at Home Billing Service is ideal for businesses that have
telecommuters or others who work at home after normal business hours,
but don't place enough calls to justify an additional phone line in
their home," he said. "In addition, incoming business calls to an
employee's home are identified by a distinctive ring, which helps
employees to be more responsive and efficient," Lew said.

Here's how Work at Home Billing Service works: To make a business
call from home, customers just need to dial *94. When they receive a
second dial tone, they dial the number of the party they are calling.
It's that easy.

Businesses that use the service select a long-distance company for
their employees' calls. Each month, the business receives an itemized
list of all business calls their employees make from home.

Work at Home Billing Service costs $4.50 per line monthly. There's a
one-time charge to install the service, which ranges from $9 to $17
per line. Normal service order charges apply. Customers can get
additional information about Bell Atlantic's Work at Home Billing
Service by calling 1-800-884-8817.

Work at Home Billing Service is one of the first mass market
applications that has been developed for Bell Atlantic's Advanced
Intelligent Network (AIN). AIN is one of the latest additions to Bell
Atlantic's network architecture.

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.