August 7, 1996
CONTACT: Maggie Aloia Rohr for Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, 908-306-7757,
or Wendy Wheeler, 602-948-8543, mobile, 602-980-7256, or Sherri Shembab,
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Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile and Cellular One Sign Agreement to Expand CDPD
Carriers Can Provide Data Service to Customers in Each Other's Markets
BEDMINSTER, N.J., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile and
Southwestco, (dba Cellular One), its wholly-owned subsidiary in the Southwest,
today announced an agreement to provide Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD)
services to each others' customers in all of their markets. The agreement
means a much larger CDPD coverage area for the customers of both companies and
is another step toward national seamless CDPD service.
Under the agreement, a Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile customer based in New York
City (Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile territory), with offices in Phoenix, AZ
(Cellular One territory), can use CDPD service in New York and Arizona. The
customer will continue to receive a single bill for service, and have a single
point of contact for customer service from the home carrier.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile currently provides CDPD service in nine states and
many major metropolitan areas including New York City, Philadelphia, Boston,
Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh. Cellular One provides CDPD service in three
states, with coverage in Phoenix, Tucson, and northern and central AZ;
Albuquerque and Las Cruces, NM; and El Paso, TX.
"This agreement, along with our agreement with GTE Mobilnet, moves us closer
to seamless national CDPD service, and represents CDPD's inherent capability to
make many networks operate as one," said Mike Franklin, director-wireless data
marketing for Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile. "Now our customers will have the
convenience of using their AirBridge(R) CDPD service in more than 20 states."
"Our customers want to be able to take their business with them," said
Jonathan Smith, general manager-data and wireless services for Cellular One.
"This agreement will simplify using wireless data in multiple markets,
increasing the scope of the mobile office concept."
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile and Cellular One each set their own rates for
service. To make billing as simple as possible for the customer, users will
receive a single bill from their home service provider for all their usage --
regardless of location.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the
East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The company offers a
full range of wireless personal communications services, including voice, data
and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has nearly
four million customers and 5,800 employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic,
Southeast, and, through Southwestco, a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest.
The company was formed in July, 1995 by combining Bell Atlantic Mobile's and
NYNEX Mobile's cellular operations.
Cellular One's cellular service and 24-hour customer service is available in
Phoenix, Tucson, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Payson, Prescott, Globe, Miami, Sierra
Vista, and Nogales, AZ; Albuquerque and Las Cruces, NM; and El Paso, TX.
Southwestco, dba Cellular One, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Atlantic
Cellular One's cellular service includes cellular long distance and enhanced
features such as Voice Mail, Local Calling Party Pays, and Broadcast/Outdial,
as well as exclusive features such as Direct Connect and Cellular Digital
Packet Data (CDPD), in addition to other wireless data solutions.
NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.
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