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Most Advanced Digital Wireless Service Arrives In Columbia

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Most Advanced Digital Wireless Service Arrives In Columbia

June 18, 1997

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Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile

Julie Horton


Kecia Russell-Burkart


COLUMBIA, SC -- Wireless services provider Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile announced today that it has launched the wireless
industry's most sophisticated digital cellular phone service in
Columbia. The new offering, called DigitalChoice , delivers
improved call clarity, greater battery life, and is the only
digital wireless system in the area to also offer the convenience
of service wherever you may travel in North America.

"The sound quality is so good that people won't believe
you're on a cellular phone," said Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's
vice president-southeast region, Jim Akerhielm. "With Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, you get the best of both worlds. Unlike
other provider's services, you can use our digital service in
Columbia, Greenville, or Charlotte, then hop on a plane or drive
outside the area and use its analog capability anywhere in the

In addition to coast-to-coast coverage, customers who
subscribe to this new digital service will receive:

  • Increased battery life;
  • Free Caller ID service;
  • Free voice mail with message notification;
  • Free TalkDial , Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's exclusive
    service which allows customers to "dial" with their voice;
  • Free 3-Way Calling, Call Waiting, No Answer Transfer;
  • Free built-in fraud protection; and,
  • Free activation.

Customers can choose from price plans beginning at $24.99 a
month for DigitalChoice, and there is no activation fee. The
company is offering Qualcomm digital phones in its Columbia area
Communications Stores.

Editor's Note:

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 4.6 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. For more information, visit
our home page at

Herschel Shosteck Associates, LTD, a telecommunications analyst, is
currently using Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile CDMA DigitalChoice service
in the Washington/Baltimore Market. For comments please contact Jane
Zweig at 301-589-2259.