Pre-Paid Cellular Calling Card Answers Back-To-School Bell

WALLINGFORD, CN — Consumers in Connecticut can now get cellular service with no long-term contract to sign, no monthly bills, no monthly access fee, no credit checks, and no security deposit. Bell Atlantic Mobile has introduced MobileMinutessm, a pre-paid wireless calling service 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 which includes 25 minutes of local wireless calling. Local calls are debited at $1.00 per minute and wireless long distance calls at an additional $.25 per minute. The company also offers additional cards in increments of $25, $50 and $100. For the higher value cards ($50 and $100 increments), reduced local airtime pricing is $.85 and $.75, respectively.

MobileMinutes offers consumers control over what they spend on wireless because they pay in advance.

"MobileMinutes is a popular option for those who haven't yet established credit, and for those who simply want the comfort and predictability of paying as they go," said John Palmer, executive director of marketing for Bell Atlantic Mobile. "This service is ideal for parents who want to provide their college-bound children the security and convenience of staying in touch, yet want to control the cost."

At the beginning of each call, the customer is informed of the balance remaining on their account for that particular call. They will receive a reminder tone prior to every call and a balance at the conclusion of each call. There is no activation fee. Each card is good for 60 days.

To buy additional MobileMinutes, customers can go into any Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Store or call an 800 number and use their credit card to process payments on-line and update their MobileMinutes balance immediately.

When customers travel throughout Bell Atlantic Mobile's service area -- from the Northeast region down through the Carolinas, they can place calls using their MobileMinutes card or a major credit card.

MobileMinutes is also available to consumers who currently own a cellular phone but aren't using it. They can activate the existing phone by purchasing a MobileMinutes card to suit their communications needs from time-to-time.

Bell Atlantic Mobile has the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.5 million customers and 7,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate susidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community relations program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments spanning Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit:; on global operations visit: