NEW YORK — For sales people who can't miss leads, service personnel always on the road, self-employed consultants and "Type A" executives, being in touch can make or break deals. But until now, unless someone gave you their wireless phone or pager numbers, you had no path to their pocket, briefcase or belt clip when they're on the move.
Closer to home, consumers may need to be instantly available to family, friends, co-workers and others who need to reach them but can't find or don't have their other numbers.
Finally, users of wireless phones and pagers in the mid-Atlantic states served by Bell Atlantic can have their numbers listed in the white pages of Bell Atlantic directories and make them available through Bell Atlantic's directory assistance operators. As a result, anyone who dials "411" or has access to a Bell Atlantic phone book will be able to reach out to them wherever they are.
"Wireless and pager listings close the last gap in real-time, 24-by-7 availability for people on the go," said Andrew Roth, business product manager for Bell Atlantic. "For those who truly want to be available wherever they are and whenever people need them, this new listing option makes it happen.
"A cellular phone or beeper - just like your home or office phone - is only useful when people know the number," he said.
Because numbers will be available through Bell Atlantic's National 411 service, callers from Maine to Virginia will be able to make vital connections.
"Some customers don't want their wireless and pager numbers in the directory, but want them to be available from Directory Assistance," said Steve Shapiro, consumer product manager for Bell Atlantic. "So, just as we do for regular phone listings, customers can request that their wireless and pager numbers be listed in the directory assistance database while keeping them out of the phone book."
Wireless and pager additional listings are available now in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia, and will be available in New York and New England next year.
Subscribers to the new listing service will pay a small additional monthly charge per listing to have wireless and pager numbers appear under their regular home or business number. Monthly prices for these consumer listings range from 56 cents in New Jersey to $1.50 in Washington, D.C. Prices for these business listings range from 83 cents in West Virginia to $2.05 in Pennsylvania.. In states where ordering charges apply for additional listings, those charges will be waived as part of a special promotion from now until Jan. 28, 2000.
To order the additional listings, customers should dial the Bell Atlantic business office serving their office or home. Those numbers appear in the Customer Guide section of Bell Atlantic White Pages and on customer phone bills.
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines and more than 10 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.####