Northern Georgia Wireless Customers Receive New Services
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile expands SuperSystem to Georgia
November 14, 1996
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Wireless customers in northern
Georgia are seeing
new services and greater benefits, thanks to a recent move by Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile to provide cellular service to 10 counties in
that state. By incorporating this new area of Georgia into the
SuperSystem, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has introduced new service
pricing, which includes extended home-rate calling to over 33,000
square miles in the Southeast.
This SuperSystem expansion provides for home-rate calling to Georgia
customers traveling into markets such as Charlotte, Hickory,
Rockingham and Waynesville, North Carolina and Columbia, Greenwood and
Upstate South Carolina.
The company also is offering new services to its Georgia customers,
including the Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile MobileReach and TraveLink
services. TraveLink provides automatic call delivery throughout over
5,000 U.S. cities and Canada.
"With TraveLink, there's no need to know cumbersome roamer access
codes to reach a Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile customer," said Jim
Akerhielm, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile vice president-Southeast Region.
"Callers just dial the seven-digit number and the TraveLink system
does the rest -- the call finds them in whatever TraveLink city they
happen to be."
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile recently expanded its coverage area after
acquiring the properties from Horizon Cellular earlier this year to
provide cellular service to Georgia's Barrow, Hall, Dawson, Lumpkin,
White, Habershaw, Banks, Franklin, Stephens, and Rabun counties.
Designated as Rural Service Area Georgia 2 (GA2), this area borders
Atlanta and includes the cities of Gainesville and Toccoa, among many
Providing customers with a broader seamless coverage area, GA2 is
contiguous with the current Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile markets of
Anderson and Greenville, SC, and stretches as far as suburban
Atlanta's Gwinnett and Walton counties. Within this extended calling
region lies the 20-mile stretch of U.S. Route 316, which serves as the
main commuting corridor between Atlanta and the suburb of Athens,
"A customer can now start a call from Toccoa, or Gainesville, and
continue it to Anderson, Greenville, Columbia, Charlotte and many
places in between -- something customers can't do with some of the
newer wireless services that lack the regional coverage that Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has," Akerhielm said. "In this new
area, customers will receive both higher quality and clearer
communications via their cellular phones, faxes, and laptops, plus
achieve savings in doing so because of our seamless efficiency."
Throughout the Carolinas and into Georgia, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
now provides cellular service to an area of approximately 33,000
square miles. According to Akerhielm, the acquisition, representing an
addition of nearly 286,000 potential customers, is part of Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's strategy to expand its leadership position in
the wireless industry along the East Coast corridor.
To provide for increasing service demands of the new area, Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile will maintain a Communications Store in Toccoa
at 336 Big A Road and one store in Gainesville at 2352 Brown's Bridge
Road. They feature a variety of wireless communications products,
including cellular phones, fax machines, pagers and accessories.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the
services 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 more than four million
customers and 6,500 employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic,
Southeast, and through 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.