Wireless Internet Access Made Cheaper, Easier With Bell Atlantic Mobile's Newest Airbridge Service

Wireless Internet Access Made Cheaper, Easier With Bell Atlantic Mobile's Newest Airbridge® Service

AirBridge Internet Access Features Flat-rate Pricing Structure

August 19, 1997

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BEDMINSTER, NJ - In response to the growing need among business people

for an easier and more affordable way to fully access the Internet and

their corporate intranets while away from the office, Bell Atlantic

Mobile today introduced AirBridge® Internet Access.

For a flat monthly fee of $54.95, users have a cellular digital packet

data (CDPD) airlink and unlimited access to the Internet or company

intranets while traveling throughout Bell Atlantic Mobile's CDPD

service area, between Boston and Columbia, SC, including key business

centers like New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC.

In addition, customers will get their own Internet e-mail address at

no additional charge. Users can send and receive messages to and from

Internet e-mail users worldwide. Volume discounts for 16 or more

users are available.

Using CDPD technology, AirBridge Internet Access allows customers

working remotely to check e-mail, look up data on corporate databases

or visit any site on the World Wide Web simply by connecting a

wireless modem to their laptop computer. CDPD efficiently and

securely transmits packets of data over the cellular infrastructure

using the Internet protocol.

In conjunction with this service launch, Bell Atlantic Mobile is

offering the Sierra Wireless AirCard* modem at a special introductory

price. This AirCard consists of two PCMCIA Type II cards which fit

completely inside a laptop. It provides CDPD, circuit-switched

cellular, and landline connectivity.

"We applaud Bell Atlantic Mobile's initiative in wireless Internet

access for notebook users," said David Sutcliffe, president and CEO,

Sierra Wireless. "The flat rate service pricing will meet the

requirements of many corporate customers who want predictable monthly


"It's no big secret that mobile workers have the same need for

communications and data access that their deskbound counterparts have

had for years," stated Mike Franklin, executive director-wireless data

marketing for Bell Atlantic Mobile. "Today, Bell Atlantic Mobile is

addressing this need head-on with a solution that brings the Internet

right to the workers' fingertips and with pricing that is affordable

and predictable."

AirBridge Internet Access also benefits customers who travel beyond

Bell Atlantic Mobile's operating territory. These customers can

leverage the company's agreements with other major CDPD carriers and

continue accessing the information and e-mail correspondence they need

for a nominal fee ($0.08 per kilobyte).

Customers seeking additional information about AirBridge Internet

Access can call 1-800-308-DATA, or visit www.bam.com.

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 wireless retail outlets

offering a full range of wireless personal communications services,

including voice, data and paging.

Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 4.9 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 and NYNEX corporations.