Bell Atlantic Plan Gives Families Unlimited Regional Calls Home for Just $3.25 a Month

BOSTON - Busy families on the move can now call home for one low monthly price.
For only $3.25 a month, Bell Atlantic customers in Massachusetts can make unlimited calls home and talk as long as they want when they make local or regional toll calls from any Bell Atlantic-branded payphone or the phone of a Bell Atlantic customer.

The company is marketing the promotional offering, called the Unlimited Phone Home Plan, in Massachusetts, Maine and New Jersey.

"Family members can check in without worrying about running up charges," said Claudia Eaton, product manager for Verizon Communications. Verizon Communications is the national telecommunications company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. "We believe this plan is the first of its kind," said Eaton.

"Summer is a time when so many people can use this plan because there's so much activity going on away from home. And it will be a great service come fall for students going to college near home or other busy people on the move," she said.

To use the new service, customers dial 1-800-255-CALL and follow the voice prompts to place a calling-card call back to the number on their card. There is no limit to the number of calls or length of the calls. Calls made from phones served by other companies are not included in the plan. Long distance calls are not included in the plan.

The service is available in Massachusetts only to customers who use Bell Atlantic as their regional toll service provider. In Massachusetts, all calls to home from a Bell Atlantic line within area code 413 in the western part of the state, and those within the 617, 781, 508 and 978 area codes are covered by the plan.

Customers who enroll in the Unlimited Phone Home Plan will receive a Bell Atlantic Calling Card to make using the service easier. Customers also can ask for a Phone-In Card, which limits Calling Card calls to their home number.

The promotional offer is only available through Dec. 31 and must be ordered by Sept. 30. Massachusetts customers can order the service by calling 1-800-870-9999.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 95 million access lines and 25 million wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in 1999 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.


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