Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Adds Text Messaging To Digital Wireless Service In New York & New Jersey
May 8, 1997
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile|
Lynette F. Viviani
Mobile will expand its digital wireless phone service to include incoming text messages that will appear right on the phone.
Combining the superior sound quality of DigitalChoicesm service with the functionality of an alphanumeric pager, the new Text Messaging service offers customers a flat monthly rate -- $12.99 a month for PC-based messaging and $24.99 a month for the combined PC-based and operator-assisted service. There are no per message fees and no airtime charges.
The service, designed to provide consumers and business people with short informational messages, will save them time and money. Messages will be received by customers traveling throughout most of Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's East Coast service territory, including Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.
Callers can send messages to a text messaging customer in two ways. Callers can simply dial a toll-free number to reach an operator who keys in a message, or they can use the software package included with the service to send a message directly from their home or office PC. There are no airtime or long-distance charges, so customers receive their messages at no per message cost. Customers are alerted to incoming messages by audible tones and lights on their digital wireless phones.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's DigitalChoice phone will store up to 23 messages at one time. When customers travel beyond the DigitalChoice coverage area or turn their phones off, the system will store their messages and attempt to deliver them for a full two weeks. The phone screen will display messages up to 55 characters in length and split a single message into multiple messages as needed.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX 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 NYNEX Mobile has 4.6 million customers and 6,500 employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company was formed in July, 1995, by combining the cellular operations of Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile.