Bell Atlantic Mobile Awarded Exclusive Wireless Contract with State of Delaware

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Bell Atlantic Mobile Awarded Exclusive Wireless Contract with State of Delaware

June 10, 1999

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Pam Boyd,
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WILMINGTON, Del. -- The State of Delaware has awarded its first-ever
exclusive wireless phone service contract to Bell Atlantic Mobile.

The three-year, 3,000-plus line contract includes analog and digital
wireless service and is accessible to School Districts, State Colleges and
Universities, Political Subdivisions and Volunteer Fire Companies. The
contract features eight price plans to suit the diverse usage patterns of all
the State agencies and municipalities.

State contracts are awarded based on a point system where price,
coverage, conformance to bid, references and task performance are graded
on a percentage basis.

"Our ability to provide 100 percent digital coverage throughout
Delaware combined with our competitive pricing and long history with the
state put us ahead of the competition," said John Stratton, Bell
Atlantic Mobile's regional president.

Bell Atlantic Mobile provides wireless service to other leading
organizations in Delaware including the State Police and local police
departments.

Through its community relations program "Wireless at Work,"
Bell Atlantic Mobile has donated wireless products and services to state
park rangers and local non-profit organizations including the YMCA over
the past several years.

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the
East, covering 120,000 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 6.4 million customers and 8,000
employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in
the Southwest. 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:
www.bellatlantic.com/worldwid.

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