Bell Atlantic Mobile Expands Pre-Pay Program

MobileMinutesSM service to include a new option for consumers who choose the company's pre-paid wireless calling service, introduced last November in the New York metro area. MobileMinutes service is designed for first-time customers or those who prefer to set a budget for wireless.

Now, for just $99.99, consumers can purchase a wireless phone and a MobileMinutes phone card good for close to a half-hour of local wireless calling. Local calls are debited at $.85 per minute and wireless long distance calls at an additional $.25 per minute. The company now offers additional cards in increments of $25 and $50.

MobileMinutes offers consumers control over what they spend on wireless because they pay in advance. There's no long-term contract to sign, no monthly access fee, no monthly bill and no credit check.

"People are buying MobileMinutes because it's convenient and the cost is predictable," said Julie Dobson, Bell Atlantic Mobile's president of the NY/NJ metro region. "It's a great choice for first-time customers, families who want a second line and for gift-giving because the phone and service can be purchased all-in-one."

Customers can buy MobileMinutes at more than 40 Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Stores and kiosks, and at hundreds of company authorized retailers and agents.