'Follow Me' Helps Callers Reach You Anywhere — Office, Home Or On the Road via One Phone Number

Bell Atlantic Introduces Universal Number Service In Eastern Massachusetts

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BOSTON -- One phone number is all callers need to reach you with Bell Atlantic's new "Follow Me" service, available today in the 617, 508, 781 and 978 area codes of eastern Massachusetts.

Follow Me, provided by Linx Communications of Newton, Mass., helps assure you don't miss critical calls and simplifies reaching you. Callers no longer need to have all your phone numbers as well as where you are before they can reach you.

"It's ironic that having more phone numbers can sometimes make busy people on-the-go harder to reach," said Julie Phillips, Bell Atlantic Follow Me product manager. "With this new service, your important calls will follow you everywhere you are - in your home, in your office or on the road."

Subscribers are assigned a single, local "universal" number as well as a personal toll-free (800/888) universal number. When a call is placed to the universal number, it instantly rings at all three locations selected by the customer, typically at home, at work and on a cellular phone. In addition, Follow Me service can also dial a pager. When the call is answered, the subscriber hears the name of the caller first and can then take the call or send it to voice mail.

Unanswered calls are automatically forwarded to a voice mailbox, allowing customers to retrieve all their messages by making one call to their mailbox. The subscriber also can set up the voice mailbox to page them when a new message arrives in the mailbox. Another voicemail feature allows the customer to automatically return a call to the person who left a message by pressing a key on a Touch-Tone telephone.

Using a Touch-Tone telephone or a Web interface, the subscriber may turn the Follow Me feature on or off and change the numbers that the universal number will call. They can also listen to their messages on properly equipped PCs.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines and more than 10 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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