Steps to Hope and Bell Atlantic Mobile Team Up to Fight Domestic Violence in Polk County

Steps to Hope and Bell Atlantic Mobile Team Up to Fight Domestic Violence in Polk County

Shelter Receives Donation of Wireless Phones

Sept. 2, 1999


Brian Chandler,

Rachel Ramsey, Steps to Hope


COLUMBUS, N.C. -- Bell Atlantic Mobile teamed up today with Steps
To HOPE, Inc. to fight domestic violence by donating wireless phones to
victims at the shelter.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile's wireless phones are a needed tool in
providing a sense of security in our clients' lives," said Rachel
Ramsey, shelter coordinator. "These phones will be instrumental in
helping to build our clients' self-esteem and provide a portable lifeline at
the touch of a button."

Ramsey was joined today by Laura Turner, area sales manager for Bell
Atlantic Mobile, to announce the donation of six wireless phones.
Provided through the company's "Wireless at Work..."
program, the phones will allow domestic violence victims to quickly dial
9-1-1 and access emergency, police or medical attention.

Victims of domestic violence are vulnerable to threatening situations just
about anywhere -- on their way to work, dropping off their children at
school, doing their grocery shopping -- and they often don't have access to
traditional landline phones in such emergencies," Turner said.
"Bell Atlantic Mobile is proud to donate its wireless technology to
give victims of domestic violence the security of knowing that help is only
a phone call away. We hope that these phones will never have to be used
to report an emergency, but if a victim feels threatened, she can rest
assured that help will be on the way."

Bell Atlantic Mobile's "Wireless at Work..." community
service program features the donation of wireless equipment, airtime and
HopeLine® wireless voice mail services to groups promoting domestic
violence prevention and public safety. Since 1996, the company has
donated almost 150 phones in the Southeast to aid victims of domestic
violence through battered women's shelters and various public safety

The shelter will administer the program and train domestic violence
victims to use the pre-programmed wireless phones.

Editor's Note: Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless
network in the East and systems in the Southwest, covering 180,000 square
miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless
voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 6.6
million customers and 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and in parts of
Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. Through its "Wireless at
Work..." community service program, the company uses its technology to
help individuals and communities improve security and emergency
communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent, Bell Atlantic Corporation
(NYSE:BEL) is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies,
with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico,
Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile
visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: