August 29, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile to Provide Cellular Service to Western North Carolina
ASHEVILLE, NC -- Cellular customers in
Transylvania, Haywood, Swain, Jackson, Macon, Clay, Graham, and Cherokee
counties now have continuous cellular telephone coverage, plus a host of
other new services, thanks to the fact that Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has
acquired the license to provide service to their communities.
"A customer can now start a call in Greenville, S.C., or even Charlotte,
and continue it on up I-40 or down I-26 or even down Highway 19 all the
way to Murphy," said Lindell Agee, General Manager of sales in the area.
"In this new service area, customers will receive both better and clearer
communications via their cellular phones, faxes, and laptops and achieve
savings in doing so because of our seamless efficiency."
In the Carolinas, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile now provides seamless
cellular service to an area of approximately 3,429 square miles. According
to Agee, the acquisition is part of Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's plan to
expand its presence in the Carolinas, as well as the entire East Coast
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile plans to incorporate the new area into its
Carolinas SuperSystem, which provides home-rate calling to customers in
the Charlotte, Hickory, Rockingham, Columbia, Greenwood, and Upstate South
In addition to an extended seamless coverage area, the company intends
to make significant enhancements to its local cellular network.
"Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile takes great pride in providing our customers
with cellular services that are second to none," Agee said. "We plan to
enhance the quality of the service in the area by activating new cell
sites and upgrading existing locations over the next few months.
"The counties within this new service area are some of the most remote
in the Carolinas, making strong, sure communications via cellular of great
importance in serving the needs of both businesses and individuals."
The company also plans to offer new services to customers in the area,
including the Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile MobileReach and TraveLink(SM)
TraveLink provides automatic call delivery through 3,000 major U.S.
cities and Canada.
"With TraveLink there's no need to know Roamer access codes to reach a
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile customer," Agee says. "Callers just dial the
seven-digit number and the TraveLink system does the rest -- it finds them
in whatever TraveLink city they happen to be."
To provide for the increasing service demands of the new area, BELL
ATLANTIC NYNEX Mobile plans to locate a temporary Communications Store in
Waynesville, until the permanent location is finalized. The Waynesville
store will feature a variety of wireless communications products,
including cellular phones, fax machines, pagers, and accessories.
"Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Communications Stores are one-stop shops
where customers can rely on our specialists to help them determine the
products and services that best fit their needs," Agee says. "The store
will be staffed with familiar faces because we know local people
understand local needs and we are committed to being the best local
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile also has outside communications professionals
who provide one-on-one, on-site service by appointment.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is the
largest wireless service provider on the East Coast and the second largest
provider in the United States. The company offers a full range of
wireless voice, data, and paging communications solutions to its three
million customers in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and through a
separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company was formed in July 1995
through a combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile's and NYNEX Mobile's
cellular operations. The new company has more than 5,000 employees.
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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.
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