Bell Atlantic Mobile Opens New Communications Store on Staten Island

October 18, 1999-STATEN ISLAND, NY -

Bell Atlantic Mobile today announced
the opening of its second wireless communications store on Staten Island.

Located on the lower level of the Staten Island Mall, near Sears, the
new Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Store features a wide array
of wireless products and services, including the popular DigtalChoicesmservice and a premier line of digital wireless phones. The store is
staffed by a team of communications consultants, specially trained to
customize Bell Atlantic Mobile's wireless services and applications
to meet customer lifestyles.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile knows that reliability is what's most important
to customers," said Store Manager Randy Grossman. "To measure up to
New Yorkers' high standards for the best in wireless service, we're
investing hundreds of millions in network improvements and maintenance
to make sure calls go through and stay connected."

The new
store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Sunday
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bell Atlantic Mobile has more than 40 Communications
Stores serving the New York/New Jersey metro area including one other
in Staten Island, located at 2791 Richmond Avenue in the Pergament Mall.

Grossman said the company plans to continue to support the Staten Island
community through its "Wireless at Work" community service program, which
uses wireless technology to help individuals and communities improve security
and emergency communications. Just this month, the company donated 100
Motorola wireless phones to the office of Richmond County District Attorney
William L. Murphy for distribution to victims of domestic violence and
elder abuse.

Bell Atlantic
Mobile, for the second year in a row, has been named the leader in overall
customer satisfaction among wireless users in the New York area, according
to the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates 1999 U.S. Wireless Customer
Satisfaction Study (sm).

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. 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: