Wireless Internet and Email Access Make Mobile Communications Easier than Ever

Wireless Internet and Email Access Make Mobile Communications Easier than Ever

Bell Atlantic Mobile Introduces Web Access Plus Service In New Hampshire

January 11, 2000

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Dave Thomson

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Don Martelli

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January 11, 2000-WOBURN, Mass.-

Beginning today, consumers in
New Hampshire will be able to use an array of off-the-shelf applications
wirelessly over the Internet, including sending and receiving email,
surfing the Web and checking product inventory on corporate intranets.
Bell Atlantic Mobile is launching a new service called Web Access Plus,
on one of the most extensive networks throughout New England.

Access Plus is now available in New Hampshire from the Massachusetts
border through Concord, NH and out to the seacoast as well as in Massachusetts,
Rhode Island and Connecticut. All consumers need to get started is a
wireless modem for a laptop or a personal digital assistant.

as little as $39.95 per month, Web Access Plus users get access to the
Internet and intranets, an e-mail account @airbridge.net (or use your
own POP3, Domino, Exchange, or cc:Mail system) and unlimited usage anywhere
within Bell Atlantic Mobile's extensive data footprint.

In an airport between flights, in their hotel room, or on the sidelines
of a soccer game, the Web Access Plus consumer can stay connected. Whether
they are mobile sales professionals, or avid email users, Bell Atlantic
Mobile customers now have the ability to capitalize on the convergence
of wireless and the Internet, to quickly and easily add functionality
and value to new or existing applications.

Atlantic Mobile NH Web Access Plus Web Access Plus is based on the widely
used Internet protocol, TCP/IP, which is inherently designed for the
secure and robust transmission of data in short bursts or packets over
the existing wireless network. With 40 million mobile professionals
in the U.S. requiring constant access to e-mail, corporate intranets
and inventory, and various on-line services, wireless data is a market
the Yankee Group predicts which will grow from $1.8 billion this year
to $13.2 billion by 2003.

Atlantic Mobile is a leader in offering wireless data solutions, including
wireless credit card verification and point-of-sale applications, remote
meter reading, access to criminal databases from laptops in police cars,
wireless mugshots and wireless Automated Teller Machines over its wireless
packet network. The company has close to 200,000 customers using wireless
data, and also provides the option of flat-rate wireless access to the
Internet from laptops, PDAs and Windows CE devices.

"Data technology has and will continue to significantly impact the way
we live and work," said Bob Stott, president of Bell Atlantic Mobile's
Northeast region. "We have years of experience in the implementation
and management of commercial IP networks. Most other carriers are just
getting their feet wet when offering wireless data services."

analog or dial-in data, where customers are billed by the length of
time one is using the service, the cost of Web Access Plus is determined
by the size of the data transmitted or received, measured in kilobytes.
This means one can be "on-line" all day and only incur costs for the
data actually sent or received.

more information on Web Access Plus, please visit www.bam.com/wireless/internet.htm.

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless
network in the East and systems in the Southwest, covering 216,000 square
miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to
wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic
Mobile has 7.3 million customers and 8,800 employees from Maine to Georgia
and in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. Through its "Wireless
at Work..." community service program, the company uses its technology
to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications.
Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent, Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL)
is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with
domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico,
Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile
visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.