Bell Atlantic Mobile Donations Make Streets Safer for New Jersey School Children

Bell Atlantic Mobile Donations Make Streets Safer for New Jersey School Children

25 Wireless Phones Donated to School Crossing Guards in 5 Towns

November 9, 1998


Kimberly Ancin,

Howard Waterman,
914 365-7212

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Parents in five New Jersey communities now send
their children to school on safer streets, thanks to wireless phones donated
by Bell Atlantic Mobile. School crossing guards in Fair Lawn, Lodi,
Harrison, Rahway and Wayne have been outfitted with wireless phones
programmed to dial 9-1-1 at the touch of a button to quickly and easily
summon help in emergencies.

"Every day, school crossing guards are on the front lines protecting our
children as they navigate busy streets and intersections on their way to
class," said Charles Hand, president of Bell Atlantic Mobile's New York
Metro region. "These phones will ensure that they can summon help
immediately without leaving their posts. These phones will put safety in the
palms of their hands."

The donations are part of the company's "Wireless At Work..." community
service program, one of a series of company initiatives designed to bring
the benefits of wireless technology to communities throughout the New
York/New Jersey metro area. Over the past two years, the company has
donated more than 700 wireless phones in the area, including nearly 300 to
crossing guards. In addition, more than 400 phones and HopeLine voice
mail service have been distributed to local prosecutors and battered
women's shelters to assist victims of domestic violence.

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the
East, covering 112,000 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 5.9 million customers and 7,500
employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the
Southwest. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent 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.