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Bell Atlantic Offers Free Weekends On Regional Toll Calls
SoundMinutes Calling Plan Offers Simple Per-Minute Pricing, New 6-Second Billing
August 4, 1997
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginians who enroll in Bell Atlantic's new
regional toll calling plan, Bell Atlantic® SoundMinutesSM, can make
free calls on weekends starting now.
SoundMinutes is a flat rate per-minute calling plan that allows
consumers to make regional in-state toll calls for 15 cents per minute
weekdays and weekends.
The free, unlimited weekend calling is a promotional offer that will
be available now through Jan. 31, 1998.
"With SoundMinutes, you can talk as long as you like on weekends and
it won't cost a cent," said Dennis Bone, president and CEO of Bell
Atlantic-West Virginia. "There are no restrictions, no hassles and no
fees to enroll."
Regional toll calls are calls beyond a customer's local calling area,
but generally within a few dozen miles from the customer's home. West
Virginia has two regional calling areas. Examples of regional calls
are those from Charleston to Huntington, Clarksburg to Wheeling and
Elkins to Morgantown. Customers can find out which communities are in
their regional calling area by checking the Customer Guide section in
the front of their Bell Atlantic White Pages directory.
Also starting this month, SoundMinutes customers will save with a new
billing plan for their regional toll calls. Those calls will be billed
in increments of six seconds after the first minute of the call.
With the new billing plan, customers will save after the initial
minute of a call made during the week. For example, a call of 1
minute 12 seconds will cost 18 cents.
Residential customers can find out more information about SoundMinutes
by calling Bell Atlantic at 1-888-751-BELL. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8
p.m. Monday-Saturday. There is no enrollment fee for the plan.
Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, Bell Atlantic's telephone company subsidiaries
are the premier providers 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.