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Bell Atlantic Mobile Adds Wireless Web

Bell Atlantic Mobile Tuesday launched a new wireless Web service throughout its network which spans most of the Northeast.

Those who select Web Access Plus will be able to use an array of applications wirelessly over the Internet, including sending and receiving e-mail, surfing the Web and checking product inventory on corporate intranets.

The service is available beginning Tuesday in New Hampshire from the Massachusetts border through Concord, N.H. and out to the coast as well as in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Clients who choose the service may stay connected anywhere with the aid of a wireless modem for a laptop or a personal digital assistant.

For approximately $39.95 a month, Web Access Plus users get access to the Internet and intranets, an e-mail account and unlimited usage anywhere within Bell Atlantic Mobile's (BEL) data footprint. 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 online all day and only incur costs for the data actually sent or received.

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.

"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."

For more information on Web Access Plus, clients may look here.