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August 15, 1996
New England: Betsy Bottino Arenella, 617/743-3677
New York:Cliff Lee, 518/396-1095
CONTROLLING THOSE CRAZY COLLEGE PHONE BILLS
New Service Gives Each Student An Individual Bill, Lets Parents Impose A Cap
BOSTON--Aug. 15, 1996--College students haggling over
dorm room phone bills ("Who called Seattle for 240 minutes?!") and parents
wishing for a way to control their children's calling soon may be problems
of the past. SUNY Buffalo and Regis College in Weston, Mass., are among
the first schools to take advantage of services from NYNEX and Telesoft
Corp. that provide each student with an individual Personal Identification
Number (PIN) for billing and allow parents to impose a threshold on the
student's phone chats.
A cooperative effort by NYNEX and Phoenix-based Telesoft Corp., Campus
Services offers colleges and universities a telephone system and
individual billing for students. NYNEX provides the school with Digital
Centrex Service, a telephone system whose equipment is housed in NYNEX's
switching centers. Centrex offers capabilities including voice messaging,
call transfer and call forwarding.
Telesoft activates and deactivates PINs and bills the students for their
telephone service. Telesoft also will monitor student usage to help
protect against fraud and provide a free student help line available 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
"With Campus Services, students never have to worry about dividing their
phone bills among roommates or suitemates, because every student receives
an individual monthly bill," said Russ Kohn, NYNEX director of
applications development. When calling off-campus, outside the Centrex,
students must punch in their PIN. Students also can make calls from
anywhere in the U.S. using a Telesoft access code and their PIN.
Since students can't make calls without using their PIN, parents can
relax knowing they're not paying for someone else's phone charges, Kohn
said. Parents may choose to have the invoice sent to them directly and
even place a credit limit on their student's account. Kohn said this
control helps protect students from overuse of toll services and guard
against fraud and unauthorized use of their PIN.
NYNEX is a global communications and media corporation that provides a
full range of services in the northeastern United States and high-growth
markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand,
Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland, Slovakia and the
Czech Republic. The corporation is a leader in telecommunications,
wireless communications, directory publishing and video entertainment and
Telesoft Corp. designs, distributes, installs, and maintains
telecommunications systems that provide telephone billing and other
telecommunications services to higher-education, corporate and
governmental agency markets. Telesoft is currently administering programs
at more than 100 universities and colleges nationwide.
You can receive fax copies of recent NYNEX news releases, free of charge, 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-331-1214. An automated system will provide you with instructions.