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DIGITALCHOICE OFFERED IN THREE NEW MARKETS

BEDMINSTER, N.J.-Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile launched its DigitalChoice cellular phone service in Washington/Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Charlotte, N.C. DigitalChoice uses 13-kilobit Code Division Multiple Access technology.

The DigitalChoice service includes caller ID, voice mail with message indicator, free first minute on incoming calls, TalkDial, call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling and increased battery life. Customers may opt for text messaging for $13 a month or operator assisted text messaging for $25 a month.

Bell Atlantic Nynex said there is no activation fee for DigitalChoice, and customers may sign up for monthly or one-year subscriptions. The company is selling handheld Qualcomm Inc. phones in the three markets starting at $200. The phone is equipped with authentication technology to prevent cloning.

Lucent Technologies Inc. the infrastructure provider in Washington/Baltimore and Pittsburgh, while Motorola Inc.’s Cellular Infrastructure Group is the provider in Charlotte.

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