Bell Atlantic Mobile Marks Opening of Second Lehigh Valley Communication Store with Donation to Area Women's Shelter

Bell Atlantic Mobile Marks Opening of Second Lehigh Valley Communication Store with Donation to Area Women's Shelter

November 6, 1998


Meghan O'Shea

(215) 732-4100

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- In celebration of the opening of Bell Atlantic
Mobile's newest Communications Store, located in the Lehigh Valley Mall,
the company is donating 30 voice mail boxes to Turning Point of the
Lehigh Valley, a local domestic violence shelter. The initiative is part of
the company's HopeLine program, and the voice mail boxes will be used
by shelter residents to obtain confidential messages from potential
employers, family and friends.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile is proud to be able to make today's donation as we
open our second store in the Lehigh Valley," said Lorie Schiffgens, store
manager. "It is our hope that the donation to Turning Point will - in some
small way - assist shelter residents in breaking the cycle of domestic
violence and in rebuilding their lives."

"We are thrilled to accept Bell Atlantic Mobile's donation of voice mail
boxes to our organization," said Terri Fichera, director of Turning Point of
the Lehigh Valley. "These communication tools will allow shelter residents
to maintain an important line of communication with loved ones during an
extremely stressful time, and also help secure jobs which leads to

Bell Atlantic Mobile's HopeLine program is a charitable initiative
developed by the company that provides free voice mail service to
individuals who do not have access to a personal phone line. Distributed to
homeless individuals and victims of domestic violence staying in shelters
along the East Coast, HopeLine provides a vital link to the outside world
and acts as a building block to a productive, more fulfilling future. In
addition, using a voice mail box gives these individuals a consistent point of
contact, protects their privacy, and helps eliminate stigmas associated with
residing in a shelter.

"The donation of voice mail boxes to Turning Point is just one of the many
ways that Bell Atlantic Mobile will be partnering with the Lehigh Valley
community," said Ms. Schiffgens.

The new store is located on the first-floor of the Lehigh Valley Mall and is
staffed by a team of communications consultants, specially trained to
customize Bell Atlantic Mobile's wireless services to meet customers'
lifestyles. The store, which opened in October, is having grand opening
activities and promotions throughout the weekend. In the Lehigh Valley,
the company also operates a store in Whitehall.

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the
East, covering 116,000 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. 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 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.