New Pre-Paid Wireless Calling Cards The Way to Go Wireless Without Monthly Fees of Bills

New Pre-Paid Wireless Calling Cards The Way to Go Wireless Without Monthly Fees or Bills

Bell Atlantic Mobile's MobileMinutesSM Gives Consumers Ultimate

Control, Convenience and Predictability

November 17, 1997

Media contacts:

Lynette Viviani


Howard Waterman


ORANGEBURG, N.Y -- Beginning Monday, November 17, Bell Atlantic Mobile

will offer a new wireless service that lets consumers pay in advance

for their wireless phone calls. Called MobileMinutesSM, this

service will appeal to many first-time wireless users, families who

want a second wireless phone and people who prefer a pre-paid option

like the increasingly popular highway toll passes, commuter tickets

and bank debit cards.

MobileMinutes is convenient and predictable because it offers

consumers control over what they spend on wireless service throughout

Bell Atlantic Mobile's high quality East Coast footprint. There's no

contract to sign, no monthly access fee and no bills -- features that

make the service a logical choice for people with hectic lifestyles.

MobileMinutes also is a great gift idea because the wireless phone and

service can be purchased all-in-one and are ready to use


"MobileMinutes is a welcome option for people with a fast-paced

schedule who want a streamlined service and for those looking for the

latest holiday gift idea," said Julie Dobson, president of Bell

Atlantic Mobile's NY/NJ metro region. "MobileMinutes is a true

pre-paid service because you never pay more than you choose to, unlike

other offerings in the market which are really price plans in


A customer pays $149.99 for a package that includes a wireless phone

and a MobileMinutes phone card, good for close to an hour of local

wireless calling. Local calls are debited at $.85 per minute and

wireless long distance calls at an additional $.25 per minute.

A "whisper tone" announcement alerts customers to the balance

remaining on their MobileMinutes card each time they make a call and a

reminder tone alerts them as their account balance hits the

four-minute mark, with one long reminder tone every minute thereafter.

Once you purchase the phone, additional MobileMinutes cards are

available in $50 increments.

Customers can buy MobileMinutes at more than 40 Bell Atlantic Mobile

Communications Stores and kiosks, and at hundreds of company retailers

and agents. Additional cards may be purchased at any of those

locations, too.

Bell Atlantic Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the

East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The company

owns and operates the most extensive network in the East, covering

111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets offering

a full range of wireless personal communications services, including

voice, data, and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile

has more than 5 million customers and 7,000

employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a

separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company is the chief

wireless subsidiary of the new Bell Atlantic, formed through the

merger of Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) and NYNEX (NYSE: NYN)