Bell Atlantic Pay Phone Calls Now Go a Little Farther in West Virginia

Bell Atlantic Pay Phone Calls Now Go a Little Farther
in West Virginia

July 27, 1998


Harry Mitchell ,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Many callers in West Virginia are in for a
pleasant surprise the next time they use a Bell Atlantic - West Virginia pay
phone. Some calls that have been regional toll calls now are local calls that
cost just 35 cents.

A five-minute daytime call from Clarksburg to Fairmont or Charleston to
Winfield, for example, that previously cost $1.28 now is 35 cents.

The price of a local call from a Bell Atlantic - West Virginia pay phone
increased from 25 cents to 35 cents last November. At that time, Bell
Atlantic said it would expand local calling areas for pay phone calls to
correspond with the local calling areas for regular phone calls. Bell
Atlantic has completed the necessary changes to its pay phone network to
make that happen.

Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX --
is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry.
With more than 41 million telephone access lines and more than seven million
wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier
providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in
wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information.
Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-
growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in
23 countries.