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Popularity of Flat Rate Plans and Strong Customer Growth Prompt Opening of New Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Store

CHARLOTTE, NC — Fueled by the popularity of its DigitalChoice SingleRatesm calling plans and flat rate wireless options in Charlotte, Bell Atlantic Mobile is responding to growing customer demand by opening its newest Communications Store today at 8020 Providence Road in the Arboretum Shopping Center.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile is constantly striving to meet the demands of our customers," said Michelle Stephens, Store Manager, "so, we chose an extremely visible store location to provide the utmost convenience for our patrons. The opening of our Arboretum store provides greater accessibility for many of our current and future customers, allowing us to provide them with the best possible service available."

For customer convenience, the new facility will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning on June 6, the store will expand its hours to include Sundays from 1:30 until 5:00 p.m.

In addition to the newest Communications Store, Bell Atlantic Mobile has two other locations in Charlotte: 4724 Sharon Road, Suite 1, and 8720 J.W. Clay Boulevard, Suite 1 near UNCC.

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Editor's Note: Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 120,000 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 6.4 million customers and 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. 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:; on global operations visit: