September 15, 1997
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new regional toll calling plan, Bell Atlantic® SoundMinutes®, can now make free calls on weekends.
SoundMinutes is a flat rate per-minute calling plan that allows consumers to make regional in-state toll calls for 10 cents per minute Monday through Friday. Free, unlimited weekend calling is a promotional offer that is available through March 1, 1998. After that date, all calls will be 10 cents per minute.
"With SoundMinutes, you can talk as long as you like on weekends and it won't cost a cent," said Josh Martin, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-Delaware. "There are no restrictions, no hassles and no fees to enroll."
Regional, in-state toll calls are calls beyond a customer's local calling area, but within a few dozen miles from the customer's home. Examples of in-state, regional calls are those from Newark to Dover, and Rehoboth to Wilmington.
In addition, SoundMinutes calls will be billed in six second increments after the first minute of the call. For example, a call of 1 minute 12 seconds will cost 12 cents.
Cellular, 976, operator-handled and calling card calls are not included in SoundMinutes. Also, customers who sign up for SoundMinutes are not eligible for the company's Maximum Value or Consumer Opportunity Savings Plans.
Residential customers can find out more information about SoundMinutes by calling Bell Atlantic at 1-800-942-5000. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is no charge to enroll in the plan.
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