Most Advanced Digital Wireless Phone Service Available For The First Time In Fairfield And New Haven Counties
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile DigitalChoiceSM Expands to
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile announced today that
it has launched the first digital wireless phone service to the
Southern Connecticut area, including Fairfield and New Haven Counties.
The new service, called DigitalChoiceSM, delivers improved call
clarity and gives customers the ability to answer pages, receive voice
mail and identify the number of the incoming call, all while providing
extended battery life and better security. And, customers can use the
new phones virtually anywhere in the United States because Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile wireless service is integrated, working on both
analog cellular and compatible digital networks.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile provided the state's first wireless digital
service to the Greater Hartford area in May. The company leads the
industry in deploying the area's first Code Division Multiple Access
(CDMA) service. This 'next generation' wireless technology also
provides enhanced service features, and operates on the most
extensive, integrated network on the East Coast.
"The best way to measure interest in this new technology is through
sales, and since launching DigitalChoiceSM in our other markets,
consumers have responded favorably," said Jack Plating, president of
the Northeast Region of Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile. "As for the
product, the sound quality of our digital network is so good that
people won't believe they're on a cellular phone. Customers have the
best of both worlds and can use our digital service in our markets,
including New York City, and then hop on a plane or drive outside our
East Coast service area and use the phones' analog capability anywhere
in the country."
With Bell Atlantic digital service available in Boston, Hartford, New
York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington markets, the
company has the largest digital coverage area on the East Coast.
Price plans for DigitalChoice begin at $19.99 a month for access.
There is no activation fee. Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is selling
handheld digital phones at its Communications Stores throughout
Connecticut on sale in August starting at $189, or $139 with a
cellular/PCS phone trade-in. For more information, call
While on the digital network, DigitalChoice service provides customers
- free first minute of airtime on incoming calls within the
home airtime rate area which includes: Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and
Vermont, depending on rate plan selected
- free caller ID -- lets you know who's calling
- free voice mail with message-waiting indicator
- dramatically increased battery life
- built-in electronic fraud protection
- free call forwarding, call waiting and three-way calling
- optional text messaging for an added monthly charge of
$12.99 or operator-assisted text messaging for $24.99
Consumers are invited to preview the service this week (August 5-11)
at the following Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Communications Store
locations -- in Fairfield County: Norwalk, Fairfield, and Stamford;
-- in New Haven County: North Haven and Orange, where they can make a
free DigitalChoice call to anyone in the continental United States.
DigitalChoice is already available in metro New York/New Jersey,
Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington/Baltimore, Charlotte and
Spartanburg, NC, and Columbia and Greenville, SC.
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 4.9 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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Mark Lowenstein of the Yankee Group is currently using
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's CDMA DigitalChoice service. For
comments, please contact Mr. Lowenstein at (617) 956-5000. For a
demonstration of the service and/or for an interview with a Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile spokesperson, please contact Lynn Luczkowski at