Bell Atlantic and Gandalf Announce "Try Before You Buy" Program

September 10, 1996

Bell Atlantic and Gandalf Announce "Try Before You Buy" Program

30 Days of Risk-Free Access To Office LAN From Home

ARLINGTON, VA -- Bell Atlantic and Gandalf Systems Corporation want to give you a month to settle into the world's most comfortable office space.

Your home.

We're teaming up to offer Try Before You Buy, a 30-day equipment trial that allows customers to use Gandalf remote networking solutions and Bell Atlantic Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) lines to connect employees' homes with companies' local area networks.

Here's how the program works: customers use one of two Gandalf equipment packages at no charge for 30 days; they pay only for ISDN installation and usage fees. At the end of the promotion period Try Before You Buy customers can sign on permanently. A nominal evaluation fee applies to customers who choose not to continue with the program.

"Try Before You Buy is a great way for business customers to get their feet wet," said Joseph Cascio, vice president - marketing, Bell Atlantic Large Business Services. "It gives them a month to liberate themselves from the old highway-to-office grind while they adjust to a new commute: Down the hallway to the den."

"Our customers almost always welcome that change," Cascio said. "After all, teleworking reduces rush-hour stress and turns dead time into work time. People who have used this product for awhile wonder how they managed without it."

One reason Gandalf teleworking solutions are so indispensable is that they're supported by Bell Atlantic's high-speed ISDN lines. Our ISDN service moves so much information so swiftly, that teleworkers can avoid traffic jams on the information superhighway as effectively as they do on its asphalt counterpart.

Quality is another reason customers stick with Gandalf long after the 30-day trial period. Try Before You Buy customers have a choice of two award-winning XpressStart® packages:

  • XpressStart 1 consists of five XpressConnect® devices at remote sites connected to a central site served by XpressStack BRI®, a high-performance platform that features stackable components and software that's designed to grow with your business.

  • XpressStart 3 includes eight XpressConnect devices at remote sites connected to an Xpressway BRI® at the central site. Composed of chassis-based, high-density concentration and internetworking devices, Xpressway offers businesses scaleable centralized control for local and wide-area networks.

Both Try Before You Buy packages include central-site installation, remote-site installation, 24-hour support, remote-site overnight replacement service, ISDN line provisioning and project management coordination.

And one of the program's most attractive features is that the 30-day clock doesn't start ticking until every member of your team is up and running.

To get started, just dial 1-800-GANDALF and ask about Try Before You Buy. For more information about Bell Atlantic Large Business Services All@once (sm) Solutions, contact your corporate account manager or call 1-800-846-1200, ext. 7299.

Call soon. The Try Before You Buy offer ends Dec. 31.

Besides, what do you have to lose -- except a few thousand traffic jams?

Gandalf's vision is to provide people with access to information through technology. Gandalf provides leading solutions in network infrastructure by connecting remote locations to central resources and designing and supplying high-speed backbones for data, video and voice transmission. These offerings provide customers significant strategic advantage in today's competitive world. Common shares of Gandalf Technologies Inc. are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (GAN) in Canada and on The Nasdaq Stock Market (GANDF) in the United States.

Bell Atlantic's Large Business Services organization offers customers Bell Atlantic All@once Solutions: integrated voice, data and video applications and the professional consulting and support services that add up to a precise solution that fits and evolves to meet customers' specific communications needs.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing high-growth national and international business opportunities in all phases of the industry.


Interested Customers Should Call 1-800-GANDALF

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