Bell Atlantic Mobile Is In The Zone

Bell Atlantic Mobile Is In The Zone

Wireless Zone Debuts in Philadelphia Market;
Dozen Area Stores Slated for 1999

April 19, 1999


Pam Boyd,
(609) 642-6226

PHILADELPHIA - - Bell Atlantic Mobile said that it will be the exclusive
service provider for Wireless Zone, the nation's largest independent
wireless agent, which makes its debut into the Philadelphia Tri-State
Region this month.

Through this exclusive affiliation with Bell Atlantic Mobile, Wireless
Zone plans to open a dozen stores in 1999 with the first store openings
planned in Mount Laurel, N.J. and Feasterville, Pa.

Bell Atlantic Mobile also provides wireless service through its 28
company-owned Communications Stores and 300 plus independent
retailers in the Philadelphia region, which covers southern New Jersey,
southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

"Our strategic alliance with Wireless Zone is significant because it
provides yet another convenient, high-quality retail option for our
customers and expands our already large presence throughout the region,"
said John Stratton, president of Bell Atlantic Mobile's Philadelphia Tri-
State region.

Wireless Zone's franchiser, the Connecticut-based Automotive
Technologies Inc., is a leading wireless retailer in the Northeast with more
than 90 stores in seven states. In 1998, Automotive Technologies Inc. was
named the number one wireless communications franchise in the nation by
Entrepreneur Magazine.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile's strong network combined with our unparalleled
customer service will surely prove to be a winning combination in this
market," said Kevin Sinclair, president of Automotive Technologies, Inc.
"We're excited to serve the Philadelphia market and expand our business
alliance with Bell Atlantic Mobile as we see a huge opportunity for growth
in this region."

Bell Atlantic Mobile and Automotive Technologies also have exclusive
agreements in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New
Hampshire, Upstate New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and

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Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the
East, covering 120,000 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 6.2 million customers and 8,000
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.